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. Mairéad and Agnès will also perform at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris on 13th November.
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, 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)
Agnès Clément is recognised as a musician of exceptional talent whose astonishing virtuosity has won her widespread acclaim. Awarded 1st Prize at the ARD Music Competition in Munich and the USA International Harp Competition, Agnès is considered one of the most gifted harpists of her generation. Since her solo debuts at the Berliner Philharmonie, Salle Gaveau (Paris) and Lyon & Healy Concert Hall (Chicago), Agnès has been regularly invited to perform on the international stage as a soloist with orchestras such as Symphoniorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Orchestra), Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Colombia, Munich Chamber Orchestra, and many others.
"We are delighted to present the exquisite combination of violin and harp in this exciting collaboration between Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey and French harpist Agnès Clément. The tour features a beautiful selection of music by Bach, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Viardot, Spohr, Tedeschi and Renié as well as a brand new Music Network commission by John McLachlan. Audiences in both Ireland and Paris can expect a thrilling performance from this hugely talented duo" Sharon Rollston, CEO at Music Network