Finghin Collins was born in Dublin and studied with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and with Dominique Merlet at the Geneva Conservatoire. He established his international reputation by winning the 1999 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition. Since then he has performed with leading orchestras such as the Chicago, City of Birmingham and Houston Symphony Orchestras, the Seoul, London, Rotterdam and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Myung-Whun Chung, Hans Graf, Emmanuel Krivine, Sakari Oramo, Heinrich Schiff, Vassily Sinaisky, Leonard Slatkin and Frans Brüggen.
Engagements in the current season include début performances with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Brabant Orchestra and Orchestre de Bretagne, as well as a recital tour of Korea with cellist Han-Na Chang. He also begins his second season as Associate Artist of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, continuing his cycle of the complete Mozart piano concertos, commencing a performance of all the Beethoven piano concertos, as well as premiering a newly-commissioned work for piano and orchestra by Deirdre Gribbin.
His recordings of Schumann’s piano music for Claves Records in Switzerland have received widespread acclaim, including Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine in 2006. His most recent recording for Claves of works by Stanford with the RTE NSO has also been very well received, and was Editor’s Choice in May 2011.
Finghin Collins has been Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival since its inception in 2006, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dublin International Piano Competition. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Concert Hall (2001 - 2006), Musician-in-Residence in South Dublin County Council (2005 - 2008) and Artist-in-Residence in Waterford Institute of Technology (2005 - 2009).
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"Finghin Collins has long been the most successful Irish pianist of his generation.. .In Schumann's carnivalesque Faschingsschwank aus Wien, he enabled the music to burst with explosive energy and to linger languishingly in pools of tenderness. This was definitely a carnival to celebrate."Michael Dervan, The Irish Times, February 1st 2010
"The point was underscored by Finghin Collins's finely judged playing, his understated moodiness giving way to bags of charm and panache...."Tim Ashley, The Guardian, September 10th 2010
"It lent a thrilling tensile quality to the dreamy opening of Schumann's Introduction and Allegro. Ravishing and tender though this was, you could feel the excitement of the ensuing Allegro waiting just around the corner. Young Irish pianist Finghin Collins was alert to the music's wayward tenderness - left and right hand conversing like lovers - and its sudden moments of triumph."Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph, September 10th 2010
"The present disc is a worthy successor, attuned to all the sudden mood shifts, arresting harmonic shifts, and rhythmic delights that Schumann composed into his early music. Pedaling is judicious and the touches are varied, so that even in sections with fastest harmonic rhythm the textures are kept unusually clear. The performance of the Abegg Variations is up with Kissin’s fine live one (on his Carnegie Hall debut), and the six whimsical Intermezzi are perfectly characterized and paced.."Charles Timbrell, Fanfare Magazine, 2010
Finghin Collins plays Erik Satie - Gymnopédie No. 1
Finghin Collins on Mozart The Piano Concerti Cycle
Bach Partita No. 2 in C minor
Schumann Six Intermezzi Op. 4
Brahms Three Intermezzi Op. 117
Schumann Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op. 26