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Órán Halligan


Órán Halligan
Órán Halligan

Time & Location

18 Apr 2024, 13:20 IST

St Ann's Church, 18 Dawson St, Dublin 2, D02 YV57, Ireland

About the Event

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

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1. Gnomus

- Promenade

2. Il vecchio castello

- Promenade

3. Tuileries

4. Bydlo

- Promenade

5. Ballet of Unhatched Chicks

6. Samuel Goldberg and Schmuyle

- Promenade

7. Limoges

8. Catacombae Sepulcrum, Cum mortuis in lingua mortua

9. Baba Yaga

10. The Bogatyr Gates (In the Capital in Kiev)

Dublin-born pianist Órán Halligan began taking piano lessons at the age of 8, and became a part-time student of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2011. There he completed both a DipMus and Bachelor’s in Music Performance, studying under Professor Anthony Byrne. He also holds a Masters in Keyboard from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he studied under Professors Jonathan Plowright, Sinae Lee and Aaron Shorr.

Órán made his Concerto debut performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” alongside the Dublin Concert Band at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, as part of their 60th Anniversary Gala Concert. He then went on to perform Poulenc’s Piano Concerto in C# Minor with the National Symphony Orchestra.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Órán has performed extensively across both Ireland and the UK. He has a particular interest in the performance of lesser-known piano works, French music, and has premiered numerous compositions by emerging Irish composers. Recently, alongside duo partner and clarinettist Cathal Killen, they gave the premiere of Michael Cummins’ work “A New Species”, as part of the West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival.

In the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Órán was joined by fellow pianist Luke Lally Maguire to give a 14-hour long performance of Erik Satie’s “Vexations”. Through this live-stream they raised in excess of 6,000 Euro for the Beaumont Hospital Foundation.

Órán has performed frequently in music festivals both at home and abroad including Boyne Music Festival, PLUG Contemporary Music Festival, Royal Tunbridge Wells, West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival and Music in Monkstown. Órán has been awarded the "John O'Conor Cup for Outstanding Musicianship" and was 1st-Prize winner of the 10th Annual “Irish Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year Award”.

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