Leonard and Tinney perform Beethoven

Violinist Catherine Leonard and pianist Hugh Tinney will visit Westport, Limerick, Clonmel and Cork this month to perform their most recent Beethoven programme. This programme artfully combines two Beethoven sonatas (No.6 and the “Kreutzer” Sonata) with Raymond Deane’s “Parthenia Violata” and Ravel’s Sonata in G major.

Violinist Catherine Leonard and pianist Hugh Tinney will visit Westport, Limerick, Clonmel and Cork this month to perform their most recent Beethoven programme. This programme artfully combines two Beethoven sonatas (No.6 and the “Kreutzer” Sonata) with Raymond Deane’s “Parthenia Violata” and Ravel’s Sonata in G major.

They will appear at Old St Mary’s Church, Clonmel at 8pm next Wednesday, October 17th.

Tickets at €15/€12 are available from Premier Music (052-6129811) or online at www.junctionfestival.com

The duo have an affinity for Beethoven’s works for violin and piano and are performing the composer’s 10 sonatas over a three-year period. They recorded a CD of works by Beethoven on the Lyric FM label in 2007. The Irish Times said the following about their performance of Beethoven and Ravel sonatas at the recent West Cork Chamber Music Festival - “totally absorbing were the performances of Beethoven and Ravel by violinist Catherine Leonard and pianist Hugh Tinney. The music just flowed from their fingers like a force of nature, as it if couldn’t have been shaped or projected in any superior way”.

Catherine Leonard and Hugh Tinney, two of Ireland’s foremost musicians with highly successful solo careers in Ireland and internationally, have performed as a duo since 2000. Their musically scintillating partnership provides exciting and beautiful performances of a broad range of repertoire. In spring 2010 they performed to great acclaim on a Camerata Pacifica tour of Los Angeles and the U.S. West Coast.

A highly-regarded soloist in Ireland and throughout Europe, Catherine Leonard is principal artist for the California-based chamber ensemble, Camerata Pacifica.

Hugh Tinney is one of Ireland’s most distinguished and best loved pianists. He has performed in over 30 countries worldwide since winning first prize in piano competitions, the 1983 Pozzoli in Italy and the 1984 Paloma O’Shea in Spain.

The duo will perform all the Beethoven sonatas in a series in the National Concert Hall in early 2014, which will be followed by a recital in Wigmore Hall, London.

Funded by an Arts Council Touring Award, the concerts are part of the Church Classics in Westport (in association with Westport Arts Festival), Limerick (in association with UCL) and Clonmel (in association with Clonmel Junction Festival). The Cork concert is part of the Cork Orchestral Society’s 75th Season.