Pianist delights with Irish airs

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Michael McHale, the young Ulster pianist who has achieved international acclaim, launched his new CD, The Irish Piano, in his alma mater Methodist College on Thursday night.

He gave an outstanding virtuoso performance to a delighted audience and received a standing ovation.

The programme included his own transcriptions of well-known Irish airs but also a stunning performance of Listz`s arrangement of Verdi`s Rigoletto.

Michael came to fame when he won the Clandeboye Young Musician of the Year. Since then he has won numerous awards and achieved international recognition. Norman Lebrecht, the eminent British music critic, has chosen Michael’s new recording as the CD of the week. The programme includes a score of composers with an Irish connection, and ends with a dazzling rendering of Roslyn Castle, a tour de force by Waterford composer William Wallace. Michael`s fingers sped all over the keyboard bringing the evening to a thrilling climax. All is captured in his recording available on Amazon

Michael plans to continue his launch program with recitals throughout Ireland, culminating in the National Concert Hall in Dublin in December. Michael is now based in Paris and performs in major venues around the world, often with James Galway, Ulster`s other famous musician.