West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Jun 28 2019 - Jul 07 2019
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Bantry Main Street, Bantry, Cork,

The 2019 West Cork Chamber Music Festival presents world-class chamber music on the shores of Bantry Bay, West Cork, from 28 June until 7 July.

Booking has opened for one of the highlights of the Irish Summer, the 2019 West Cork Chamber Music Festival, which presents world-class chamber music on the shores of Bantry Bay from 28 June until 7 July.

This year’s stellar line-up includes violinists Viviane Hagner, Henning Kraggerud, Mairéad Hickey, Kerstin Dill and Marc Danel; Borusan Quartet; Quatuor Zaïde; Dahlkvist Quartet; Chiarascuro Quartet; cellists Johannes Moser, Emmanuelle Bertrand and BBC Young Musician winner Laura van der Heijden; clarinettist Mate Bekavac; sopranos Anna Devin and Caroline Melzer; pianists Barry Douglas, Pascal Amoyel, Gloria Campener, Finghin Collins, Alexei Grynyuk, Izabella Simon and Dénes Várjon; violist Ellen Nisbeth; Camerata Øresund, and many more all gather in Bantry for ten days of intense music-making.

Highlights of the programme include an exploration of the rare pairing of Beethoven’s early Opus 18 quartets with Mozart’s mature set. The pairings are shared amongst the four headline Festival Quartets, Chiaroscuro, Borusan, Zaïde and Dahlkvist. Ahead of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary celebrations in 2020, the Festival includes his three middle period Piano Trios played by Barry Douglas, Vivienne Hagner, and Johannes Moser completing the series they began in 2017 and the massive Hammerklavier Sonata played by pianist Dénes Várjon.

In addition to the 45 concerts in the main Festival, a series of free-admission Fringe Concerts, and pop-ups will take place in different settings in the area – islands, churches, a library, local shops, an arts centre, a tourist office, and other unlikely locations. Young musician masterclasses, morning talks, and Ireland’s only instrument making exhibition, run throughout the Festival.

General Booking is now open. For more information, go to the website or phone +353 (0) 27 52788