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Elizabeth Cooney, violin
Gerald Peregrine, cello
Join two of Ireland’s finest string players for an exciting evening of virtuosity. Hear dazzling works by composers including Ravel, Handel, Martinu, Vivaldi Beethoven and Piazzolla performed live in the intimate and acoustically superb Ballymaloe Grainstre.
To encourage young audiences to experience classical music, we offer a €5 ticket for primary and secondary school students.
8strings2abow is on a13-venue nationwide tour featuring masterworks from the classical repertoire, as well as newly commissioned works by leading Irish composers. Enjoy a night of virtuoso playing by these talented artists.
Sebastian Lee - Duet no.3, Op.125
Ravel - Duo for violin and cello.
Beethoven- Duo in C major
Piazzolla - Café 1930.
Breval - Duet no. 3 in D major.
Martinu - Duo H137
Benedict Shlepper-Connolly - "A New Sea"
Handel/Halvorsen - Passacaglia
Mesmerising playing - BBC Music Magazine
Elizabeth has emerged as one of the leading Irish violinists of her generation. Now London based, she performs internationally as soloist, chamber musician, guest leader and principal, regularly performing with orchestras such as Aurora, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in venues all over the world including memorised symphonies with Aurora at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. She studied in her native Cork as a child with Patsy Kelleher and Adrian Petcu before studying at the RCM London on scholarship with Itzhak Rashkovsky where she was also a Junior Fellow. She was laureate of numerous international violin competitions including the Sion-Valais Violin Competition in Switzerland. She has been invited to perform as soloist many times with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, including tours, TV and radio recordings and recorded Mozart's Concerto no.1 with the Ulster Orchestra for BBC Radio 3. She is a keen chamber musician and has performed recital tours with Finghin Collins, piano and toured Ireland last year (with another tour planned for November 2018)with string sextet Sé, an ensemble with Mairéad Hickey,violin; Simon Aspell, viola; Ruth Gibson, viola; Guy Johnston, cello and Brian O'Kane, cello.
Plays the cello as if born to it – Irish Times
Gerald Peregrine is an established soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, who regularly performs in Ireland, Europe, the Americas and Asia. He has a diverse range of musical interests, and has gained much critical acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician.
Gerald is a member of Ensemble Avalon and Trio Festivale, and a regular member of Camerata Ireland. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Great hall Beijing, Cadogan Hall ( BBC proms), Tchaikovsky hall. He has recorded for RTE Lyric fm label (“The Beethoven is among the front rank of modern recordings on disc- BBC music magazine), and was featured soloist on the soundtrack for John Boorman’s latest film, ‘Queen and country’.
He has given master classes in Beijing Conservatory, Hong Kong (UST) and Memphis University, and founded the Ensemble in Residence programme at Trinity college, Dublin ( with Ensemble Avalon).
Upcoming projects include his 13-date Irish tour with Elizabeth Cooney, a three concert series in St. Anne’s, Dublin, and a three concert Beethoven/Bach sonata series in the National Concert Hall with Fiachra Garvey in Nov/Dec 2018. Gerald will record his solo disc in London in February, due for release in early summer, working with acclaimed producer Andrew Walton and pianist Antony Ingham. Trio Festivale will also record their debut album in Memphis in September, to be released on the BlueTom records label (https://www.bluetomrecords.com/)
Gerald is a graduate of Royal College of Music, London, and Indiana University, where he studied as a prestigious Fulbright scholar.
COONEY/ PEREGRINE DUO
Elizabeth Cooney and Gerald Peregrine first met at a young age through their shared enjoyment of classical music. They were both members of the Irish Youth Orchestra and shared the concert stage together from a young age.
They both went on to study at the Royal College of Music, London, where they began to collaborate as duo partners. They have given numerous recitals in the UK and around Ireland over the intervening years, featuring standard and contemporary Irish repertoire, and have commissioned several Irish composers.
Those booking for this concert will receive a discount code for €4 off tickets to the Chamber Philharmonic Europe concert on Thursday 12 April.
€5 ticket for primary and secondary school students. Adults booking for this concert will receive a discount code for €4 off tickets to the Chamber Philharmonic Europe concert on Thursday 12 April.