Festival 2010


Presented in association with Radio 3

19-21 February 2010



A short feature on the 2010 festival for the BBC Radio 3 web site


QUB_smsaShowcase Recital

Friday 19 February 2010 at 1.10 pm
Harty Room, QUB Music Building
Admission free

In association with Queen’s University School of Music and Sonic Arts, featuring final-year and postgraduate performers.

janPre-concert Talk

Friday 19 February 2010 at 7.15 pm
Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building, QUB

Professor Jan Smaczny introduces ‘Folk Inspirations’



sandyAlexander Baillie (cello)
James Lisney (piano)

Friday 19 February 2010 at 8.00 pm
Great Hall, QUB
Tickets: £15.00 (includes programme/free parking/interval refreshments)

Martinů Variations on a Slovak theme
Chopin Sonata in G minor
Moeran Sonata
Schumann Stücke im Volkston

The Baillie/Lisney Duo combines the talents of two of Britain’s finest artists. They have established a thriving international career together, achieving special notice for their recent Beethoven concerts and recordings.

In Lisney, Baillie has found a soul mate. Time and again, the give and take between them spoke volumes about their music-making: generous; intelligent; always listening.” Independent



eimearEimear McGeown:
‘Flute Roots’

Saturday 20 February 2010
Coffee from 10.30 am
Concert Starts 11.00 am sharp
Harty Room, QUB
Tickets: £5.00 (Free to students)

One of Northern Ireland’s most versatile young musicians, Eimear McGeown is as comfortable in traditional Irish music as in classical concert music.
Recent winner of the ‘Best Performer’ prize at Sir James Galway’s 2009 Masterclasses in Switzerland, Eimear is also a previous Young Musician of the Year at the Clandeboye Festival with Camerata Ireland, as well as twice all-Ireland champion in Traditional Flute.
Eimear makes a welcome return to the BMS with a mixture of Irish and Classical music, accompanied by friends John Paul Ekins and Jonathan Toman.

metaMeta4 String Quartet

Saturday 20 February 2010 at 1.30 pm
Great Hall, QUB
Tickets: £12.00 (includes programme and free parking)

Bartók String Quartet no 5
Ata Kotila New Work
Sibelius String Quartet in D minor, Op 56 (‘Voces Intimae’)

Antti Tikkanen Violin
Minna Pensola Violin
Atte Kilpeläinen Viola
Tomas Djupsjöbacka Cello

The young Finnish string quartet Meta4 has been selected as a BBC New Generation Artist for two years starting in September 2008. Formed in 2001, the quartet won First Prizes at both the International Shostakovich Quartet Competition in Moscow and at the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna only a few years later.

They have just been made Resident Quartet at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. Their repertoire encompasses works from Haydn to the most avant-garde pieces, and they are also strongly involved in the interpretation of Scandinavian works.

“Meta4 was outstanding. Its performance of Sibelius’s only mature string quartet, written aged 43 and one of the greatest string quartets ever written, was breathtaking and authoritative – monumental.” Classical Source

nelsonNelson Goerner (piano)

Saturday 20 February 2010 at 8.00 pm
Great Hall, QUB
Tickets: £20.00 (includes programme, free parking, interval refreshments)

Bartók Improvisations on Hungarian folksongs
Aguirre Gato; Huella
de Falla Fantasia Baetica
Liszt Rhapsody no 6
Chopin Polonaise op 44 in F sharp minor, 4 Mazurkas op 41, Polonaise Fantaisie op 61

Born in 1969 in San Pedro, Argentina, Nelson Goerner has established himself as one of the foremost pianists of his generation. He was awarded First Prize in the Franz Liszt Competition in Buenos Aires in 1986. This led to a scholarship to work with Maria Tipo at the Geneva Conservatoire, and in 1990 Nelson Goerner won the First Prize at the Geneva Competition.

“He seems incapable of giving a routine performance of even the most overplayed repertoire – yet there is not even the merest hint of gimmickry in his performances. What makes his playing so special is its combination of glorious depth and richness of tone with fine musical intelligence…” Guardian

neilCoffee Concert

Neil Martin: ‘Circling the Square’

Sunday 20 February 2010
Coffee from 10.30 am
(with time to tour the hotel)
Concert Starts 11.30 am sharp
Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast
Tickets: £5.00 (Free to students)

Neil Martin is an established figure on the Northern Ireland music scene, as composer, classical cellist and traditional uillean pipes player, and he has forged an international reputation as a musician who can cross these boundaries with ease.



david-markMark Wilde (tenor)
David Owen Norris (piano)

Sunday 21 February 2010 at 3.00 pm
Great Hall, QUB
Tickets: £15.00 (includes programme, free parking, interval refreshments)

Programme to include:
Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge
Britten Who are these Children?
Schubert Selected lieder from Die Schöne Müllerin
Schumann Selected lieder from Dichterliebe

Mark Wilde was born in Scotland and was a chorister at Dundee Cathedral. He went on to study at the University of East Anglia and the Royal College of Music. In 2000 Mark made his Glyndebourne debut as Ferrando in Così fan Tutte . He has performed with English National Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Opera North, Birmingham Opera Company, City of Birmingham Opera, WNO, and at the BBC Proms.

David Owen Norris is one of the most innovative and brilliant pianists of our generation and the pianist of choice for many world-class singers.