The duo will tour Ireland from 7th – 16th October, with stops in Baile Mhúirne, Cork City, Tinahely, Dún Laoghaire, Stradbally, Dublin, Waterford, Kilkenny and Clifden, before heading to Paris for a performance at the Centre Culturel Irlandais on 26th October.
Celebrated for her captivating expression, soaring tone and fearless virtuosity, Mairéad Hickey‘s natural ability to communicate sincerely and with beauty and integrity has entranced audiences worldwide. As a soloist Mairéad has performed with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Württembergisches Kammerorchester, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, Kremerata Baltica,Camerata Ireland and many others in some of the major halls around the world. Her Carnegie Hall debut was described as ‘…magical, penetrating to the heart and soul of the music.’ (New York Epoch Times)
Anaïs Gaudemard is recognised as a musician of exceptional talent whose mastery of her instrument alongside an ability to deliver extraordinarily dynamic performances has seen her receive widespread acclaim. Considered to be one of the finest harpists of her generation, she was awarded the ECHO Rising Star award in 2018/19, which led to regular appearances at major venues, such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Kölner Philharmonie, Barbican Centre London, Philharmonie de Paris, Philharmonie du Luxembourg, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, BOZAR Brussels, Palau da Musica Catalana, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Casa da Musica Porto, Konserthuset Stockholm and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw among others.
"The exquisite combination of violin and harp is most definitely a match made in heaven, and never more so than in our new collaboration between Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey and French harpist Anaïs Gaudemard. Featuring an exquisite collection of music by Bach, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Viardot, Spohr, Tedeschi and a brand new Music Network commission by John McLachlan, their tour is sure to delight audiences in both Ireland and France this autumn." Sharon Rollston, CEO at Music Network