Patrick Rafter & Ellen Jansson
Saturday 20th July 2019 | 3pm | Farmleigh Ballroom | €15 / €50 family ticket (4)
PATRICK RAFTER (violin) & ELLEN JANSSON (piano)
Celebrated as one of Ireland’s most gifted and exciting musicians, Patrick Rafter has compelled and inspired audiences throughout the world. A star-studded journey includes debuts with some of the finest orchestras such as Prague Philharmonia, performances alongside leading conductors including Semyon Bychkov and Marin Alsop, and sharing the stage with the world’s most acclaimed musicians such as Maxim Vengerov and Shlomo Mintz. A personal invitation to study under Vengerov has led to 1st prizes in international competitions and has been a catalyst to an international career. Upcoming projects include an album recording, performances throughout Europe and debuts with leading orchestras such as the London Mozart Players.
Born into an exceptionally musical family, Patrick quickly rose to attention with over 50 national accolades. He is a top graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. He has studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin under Fionnuala Hunt and Eyal Kless. He is deeply grateful to the department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht whose support allows him to perform on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin made in Paris in 1840 and a Eugene Sartory bow from Paris 1925.
Ellen Jansson recently graduated top of her class from the undergraduate programme at CIT Cork School of Music, where she was also recipient of the Cork Orchestral Society Emerging Artist Award. She spent a year studying with Professor Martin Hughes at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and is also a past pupil of the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, where she was the winner of the Chetham’s Yamaha Piano Competition. Ellen has also been awarded first prize in both the CSM Advanced Recital and Senior Concerto Competitions and was the recipient of a Flax Trust bursary at the Camerata Ireland Academy of Clandeboye Festival 2016.
Ellen has appeared as soloist with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Esker Festival Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and CSM Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in many prominent venues in Ireland and abroad, including Carnegie Hall (New York), Großes Studio Mozarteum (Salzburg), Alexela Concert Hall (Tallinn, Estonia), Ukrainian Radio Concert Hall (Kiev), RDS Concert Hall, John Field Room NCH and the National Concert Hall (Dublin). Recent festival appearances for Ellen include the Ortús Chamber Music Festival, Killaloe Chamber Music Festival and the ‘Finding a Voice’ Festival in Clonmel.
César Franck - Sonata in A for piano and violin
Claude Debussy - Sonata for violin and piano in G minor
Eugène Ysaÿe - Sonata No. 3 in D minor (Ballade)
Maurice Ravel - Tzigane
This event is supported by Precision Pianos, Ireland’s premier piano showroom.