Degani Piano Trio

Degani Piano Trio with special guest Ruby Ashley on Oboe.

Programme details to follow.

The Degani Piano Trio is an established Irish piano trio of distinguished musicians. They have recorded albums in recent years of repertoire including Haydn, Dvořák, Chopin, Brahms and Piazzolla. They are renowned for their insightful and joyful interpretations of the classics. They have performed regularly at the NCH Dublin, the Curtis Auditorium CIT, ‘Con Brio’ Festival (Sligo), Calary Festival, Crescent Contemporary Music Festival, Whale Theatre (Greystones) and other venues around Ireland. Most recently they completed a ‘Words and Music’ three concert series of Beethoven’s Piano Trios in the National Concert Hall’s Chamber Music Series 2020 collaborating with Barry McGovern in narration of excerpts of Beethoven’s letters.

 Lyric FM will be broadcasting highlights from these concerts during the summer of 2020. Upcoming concerts and CDs include premiere performances of Piano Trio works by John Buckey, Michael Holohan and other Irish Contemporary Composers especially written for the Degani Piano Trio.

Alan Smale, violin

Alan is founder and director of the Degani Ensemble and Leader of the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra for the 2020/21 season. For 20 years till 2013 he was Leader of the RTÉ NSO, and for 10 years prior to that Leader of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. He is a guest leader of the Ulster Orchestra and is a frequent concerto soloist. He is a great exponent of Irish contemporary music and has recorded concertos by Raymond Deane, Frank Corcoran, James Wilson and Jerome de Bromhead. Alan plays on a superb Venetian violin made by Eugenio Degani in 1896

Annette Cleary, cello

Annette is a prizewinner of international competitions in Europe and the U.S. and has performed as soloist with many orchestras in Ireland and Germany. She has undertaken five recital tours of Japan and played at major arts festivals in Ireland. Annette is guest principal with orchestras in Ireland and the U.K. and a noted baroque cello specialist.


Rachel Quinn, piano

Rachel has performed numerous concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev, Cesar Frank, Liszt, Litoff, Turina, Cesar Franck and Finzi with orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra and the West Bohemian Orchestra in the Czech Republic. She has appeared in solo recital programmes at arts centers. throughout Ireland, and abroad in Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria and Great Britain. In addition, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory in the USA and was a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music London.. Rachel is a noted teacher, chamber musician, and

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