February 11, 2015 at American Irish Historical Society in New York.
In association with the Irish American Historical Society.
Ian Wilson – BIG
Siobhan Cleary – Chaconne
Jane O’Leary – Breathing Spaces
John Buckley – Three Preludes
Donnacha Dennehy – Reservoir
Philip Martin – Along the Flaggy Shore
Jennifer Walshe – becher
Seoirse Bodley – The Tightrope Walker Presents a Rose
Described by the New Yorker as “the young Irish piano phenom”, Dublin-born and New York City-based pianist Isabelle O’Connell has a growing international career that has taken her across four continents. As soloist and chamber musician she has performed around the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, U.K. and Ireland.
Isabelle is co-founder of GrandBand, New York’s new music piano sextet, described by the NY Times as: “six of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York‘s contemporary-classical scene”. Making their debut at the Bang on a Can Marathon in New York in 2012, they have since performed at the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the Gilmore Piano Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, NY and the Rite of Summer Music Festival.
Isabelle made her début as concerto soloist at the National Concert Hall, Dublin in 1999. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland under conductors William Eddins, Gerhard Markson and Gavin Maloney. She recently recorded Kevin Volans’ Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Winds with the NSO for upcoming release on the Lyric FM label.
Isabelle O’Connell has a reputation for being a dynamic interpreter and energetic advocate of music by 20th and 21st century composers, regularly commissioning and premiering new works. Her debut solo album RESERVOIR was released to critical acclaim and features solo piano music by nine contemporary Irish composers. In 2007, Isabelle was co-Artistic Director of “New Music, New Ireland, New York”, a concert that showcased contemporary Irish composers at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. She has also performed with John Adams at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, with Meredith Monk at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival and with the New Zealand String Quartet at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Receiving a standing ovation at her New York Debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in January 2002, the New York Concert Review wrote: “She has the technical prowess… and a spirit and intelligence to bring it all together.”
As a chamber musician, Isabelle often performs with the CRASH ensemble, joining them on tours of Australia and the United States and performing at the Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, Sydney Conservatoire, Kennedy Center, Princeton University, Le Poisson Rouge in New York and the Reich Effect Festival, Ireland. She has also performed with Alarm Will Sound at Duke University in North Carolina and Denver, Colorado and with Ergodos ensemble at Issue Project Room in New York.