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Cathal Breslin (D.M.A.), piano
Cathal Breslin has been praised worldwide as one of the most exciting pianists of his generation with critical acclaim such as "superb intensity and passion" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), "energizing" (Belfast Telegraph), "a deep connection to the music" (Tampa Oracle), and "noble poetry" (The Independent, London). Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, an international career has taken him to concert halls throughout Europe, U.S.A. and Asia, including Carnegie Hall in New York, and Wigmore Hall in London.

Recent solo recitals have been throughout the United States and Canada, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal, U.K. and Ireland. This season, he has appeared as Guest Artist and Professor at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and several other prestigious Universities in Asia.

As a chamber musician, Cathal performs as a member of Trio Festivale, and in duo recitals with violinists Augustin Dumay and Dmitry Sitkovetsky, cellists Jan Vogler and Raphael Wallfisch. He has also performed with the Houston Symphony Winds, and this season will be performing Piano Quintet concerts with the Brodsky Quartet in live BBC Radio 3 concerts in the U.K., in addition to tours of Asia and the U.S. with Trio Festivale.

Recent concerto performances have been with the Turin Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, BBC Ulster Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, and the RTE Concert Orchestra.

Cathal has been awarded top prizes in International Piano Competitions such as "Viotti" in Vercelli/ Milan, "Carlet" in Valencia, "Grand Konzerteum" in Athens, and "Iowa" in the U.S. He has broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 3, RTE and Radio Ulster, RTVE Spain, and has performed on Japanese, Chinese, Hong Kong, Spanish and Irish TV many times. His Mozart and Takemitsu recordings for the EBU radio network have been broadcast in over 30 countries worldwide.

In 2008 Cathal and his wife, American flutist Sabrina Hu, became Founding Artistic Directors of the Walled City Music Festival in Derry, Northern Ireland, with the aim of creating a brighter future for young musicians in N. Ireland – peace and reconciliation through music. The Walled City Music Festival presents world-renowned classical musicians in the unique and historic walled city of Derry, creating an inspiring platform for classical music, making it accessible to all. The Festival aim is to remove boundaries by presenting fresh, innovative and exciting programs from the world's most exceptional musicians. In their first 4 years, they have featured Artists such as Kronos Quartet, Fitzwilliam Quartet, Sir James Galway, Augustin Dumay, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Jan Vogler, Raphael Wallfisch, Li-Wei Qin, Tine Thing Helseth, Emma Johnson, Colin Currie, Jonathan Fa'afetai Lemalu, Houston Symphony Winds, Richard Sherman and many other world-renowned musicians. In 2013 the Festival will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary, and it will be presented within the context of the 2013 UK City of Culture celebrations in Derry.

Cathal studied with John Barstow at the Royal College of Music in London, with Kathryn Stott, Benjamin Frith and Alexander Melnikov at the RNCM in Manchester, and with Joaquin Soriano in Madrid. In 2008 he received a DMA Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, studying with Arthur Greene, where he was also a Fulbright Scholar.

As a Professor, he has previously worked at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, National University of Ireland, and Queen's University of Belfast.


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