Belfast-born Michael McHale has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician.
Eugene Mursky was born in Tashkent, the capitol of Uzbekistan in the former USSR. He received his first piano instructions when he was six years old at a youth music school. Two years later, he was admitted to the class of the famous piano pedagogue, Tamar Popovich, at an institute for highly talented children. At the age of twelve, Mursky made his first trip to Moscow to study with Professor Lev Naumov. The following year, at age 13, he achieved his first major success in Tashkent, performing Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto as a soloist with the Uzbekistan State Sympohony Orchestra. In 1989 Mursky was awarded the First Prize at the Piano Competition of Uzbekistan. In 1990, he won the “Grand Prix” at the fifth Frunze International Piano Competition.