Hugh Tinney – Piano
Since winning ﬁrst prize at both the 1983 Pozzoli and 1984 Paloma O’Shea piano competitions in Italy and Spain, Hugh Tinney has performed in more than thirty-ﬁve countries throughout Europe, the USA, Latin America and the Far East. A prize in the 1987 Leeds Piano Competition earned him a busy career in Great Britain, performing with many major orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, City of Birmingham, Royal Liverpool, Royal Scottish and BBC National of Wales.
He has made a major contribution to Irish concert life for over thirty years, including multiple solo recital series, chamber music series, and frequent concerto appearances with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra. Since the mid-1990s, he has played chamber music with many distinguished individuals and groups; he and violinist Catherine Leonard have collaborated as a duo for many years. From 2012 to 2014, he toured China several times with the Academy Chamber Ensemble. A recipient of a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2006 to work on contemporary music, he performs music by many modern and contemporary composers. He has recorded solo, chamber and concerto repertoire for Decca, Naxos, RTÉ lyric fm and several other CD labels.
From 2000 to 2006 Hugh Tinney was Artistic Director of the Music in Great Irish Houses festival. He is currently joint Artistic Director of the Westport Festival of Chamber Music. He teaches at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and has been a jury member at several international piano competitions. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the National University of Ireland in 2007.