MICHAEL MCHALE (b 1983 )
Belfast-born Michael McHale is one of Ireland’s leading pianists. Since completing his studies at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, he has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician.
He has performed at many important musical centres including Suntory Hall, Tokyo; Lincoln Center, New York; Wigmore Hall, London; Konzerthaus, Berlin; Pesti Vigadó, Budapest, and the Ushuaia, Chopiniana and Tanglewood Festivals.
His début solo album The Irish Piano was selected as CD of the Week by critic Norman Lebrecht.
He has performed as soloist with the Hallé, Minnesota, Bournemouth Symphony and Moscow Symphony Orchestras, the Teatro Colón Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and all five of the major Irish orchestras in repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin and Rachmaninov.
In addition to winning the 2009 Terence Judd/Hallé Award, Michael McHale was awarded the Brennan and Field Prizes at the 2006 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition and the 2005 Camerata Ireland/Accenture Award. His teachers and mentors include John O’Conor, Réamonn Keary, Christopher Elton, Ronan O’Hora and Barry Douglas. He also enjoys chamber music collaborations with Sir James Galway, Michael Collins, Patricia Rozario, Camerata Pacifica and the Vogler Quartet.