Pianist Finghin Collins will perform Sonata in A Major, K. 331 "Alla Turca" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Vier Klavierstücke, Op. 119 by Johannes Brahms, and Sonata in A Major, D. 959 by Franz Schubert on Saturday, April 20, at 8 pm as part of the Washington Conservatory of Music’s Conservatory Concerts series. The concert will take place at Westmoreland Congregational Church, One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $20. Guests are invited to attend Wine & Words after the concert for complimentary beverages and an informal Q & A with Mr. Collins.
Finghin Collins is one of Ireland's most successful musicians. He studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with John O'Conor and at the Geneva Conservatoire with Dominique Merlet. Winner of the RTÉ Musician of the Future Competition in 1994 and the Classical Category at the National Entertainment Awards in Ireland in 1998, he went on to take first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999. He has continued to enjoy a flourishing international career that takes him all over Europe and the United States, as well as to Asia and Australia. In October 2017, the National University of Ireland conferred on him an honorary degree of Doctor of Music in recognition of his achievements.
The Washington Conservatory is one of 16 nationally accredited community music schools in the U.S. for students of all ages. The Conservatory presents a monthly professional concert series September through May at Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda and holds other public concerts throughout the year at Glen Echo Park. Concerts are donation-funded and presented free of charge to allow people of all economic means to enjoy outstanding live classical music in the community. For those able, a $20 donation is suggested. Families are welcome at all concerts.