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Monday, 06 September 2021

Concert by renowned pianist, John O'Conor to celebrate Irish-China cultural links

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The Ireland China Business Association in conjunction with Dublin International Piano Competition present acclaimed Irish pianists, John O’Conor and Joe O’Grady in a special online concert from Kylemore Abbey is available to view now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7azikvV1z0&t=205s 
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Presented to national and international audiences by the Ireland China Business Association in conjunction with Dublin International Piano Competition, the concert features a wonderful evening of classical music from the beautiful surroundings of iconic Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Co. Galway.  
The event also includes welcome remarks from H.E. Ann Derwin, Irish Ambassador to China and from H.E. He Xiangdong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, as well as contributions from Ireland China Business Association Chair, Caroline Devlin.  Artists John O’Conor and Joe O’Grady introduce the musical programme of classical favourites and new pieces.
Acclaimed pianist, John O'Conor, Artistic Director of the Dublin International Piano Competition will perform Beethoven’s Sonata in C sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2, known and beloved by many as the "Moonlight Sonata”, as well as the Argentinian Dances Op. 2 by Ginastera.  Talented young pianist Joe O'Grady, recipient of the Lucien and Maura Teissier Scholarship 2021, will perform Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 in D flat by Liszt; Summertime by Gershwin, arranged by The Pianos of Cha'n and Chopin’s Etude in C sharp minor Op. 10 No. 4s. 
Speaking ahead of the event, Caroline Devlin, Ireland China Business Association Chair said: “We are delighted to host this wonderful evening, and hope you enjoy listening to such beautiful music which highlights what brings us together in culture”. Caroline thanked the Dublin International Piano Competition, and all involved in bringing the event to fruition.
 John O’Conor, Artistic Director of the Dublin International Piano Competition said “As we plan towards our 2022 Competition, the DIPC is very happy to work with the ICBA in fostering closer cultural ties with China and in highlighting the amazing pianistic wizardry of the Irish Chinese 15 year old pianist Joe O’Grady”
Welcoming the concert to Kylemore Abbey, Executive Director, Conor Coyne said “While circumstances prevent us from welcoming the usual numbers of international visitors, to Kylemore Abbey, we are delighted to work with the Ireland China Business Association ,Tourism Ireland and all involved in this very special concert to share our visitor experience through this creative cultural partnership.”
This event has been made possible with support of sponsors WuXi Biologics, BNP Paribas, Huawei, and the event partners Tourism Ireland, Ballynahinch Castle and Kylemore Abbey.