Venue: St. Iberius Wexford
One of Ireland’s foremost classical music partnerships, Duo Chagall came into being in 1990 when two music students at the Guildhall School decided to sight-read Kodaly’s Duo op.7. Dublin-born violinist Gillian Williams and French cellist Arun Rao have since then brought this most demanding combination to audiences throughout Ireland. Along with great twentieth-century, Duo Chagall have programmed the rarely performed duets for violin and viola by Mozart in a transcription for cello. They have also contributed to the Duo repertoire with their 2000 and 2001 world premieres of works by Irish composers Raymond Deane (Pentacle) and Rhona Clarke (Jagged Edge), the former written at their behest.
The duo launched an innovative classical music festival in Fingal (in partnership with Fingal County Council), called Autumn Sounds, under the auspices of OPW, now in its seventh season. The Duo also performs regularly in France. In addition to their activities as solo and chamber music performers, Gillian and Arun are committed to music education in Ireland and have been members of staff at the DIT Conservatoire since 1994.
Lance Coburn, piano
Since winning 1st prize at the Tomassoni International Piano Competition, Cologne in 2001, Lance Coburn has established himself as a charismatic performer with an exceptional facility. He has performed with most of the major Australian orchestras including the Sydney Symphony and many international symphony orchestras.
Beginning his studies in his homeland of New Zealand, Lance graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with the school’s highest honours. He furthered his studies in the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Lance regularly plays with Irelands’ leading chamber musicians and has performed, as both a soloist and chamber musician, in many notable festivals. He recently collaborated on a critically acclaimed CD collection of Esposito Sonatas with violinist Mia Cooper and cellist William Butt.
Frequently adjudicating in Irish music festivals, Lance also gives masterclasses internationally. He is a piano lecturer in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.