Clarinettist John Finucane, who has been Principal Clarinet with Ireland’s RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra since 1995, has also had an active career as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor in Ireland and abroad. Described by Gramophone magazine as ‘an outstanding virtuoso’, on the release of his CD “Clarinet Variations,” he has worked with the Ulysses Ensemble, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Irish Film Orchestras. He has appeared regularly on radio and on television programmes, including RTE’s The Symphony Sessions and Britain’s The South Bank Show. He has a particular affinity to chamber music and has worked with many groups, including the Ysaye, the Navarra and the Vanbrugh Quartets.
John Finucane is also a conductor of note, having studied with János Fürst and Albert Rosen amongst others, and has regularly conducted the highly regarded RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and Opera Theatre Company. He was one of the founders of the Dublin Chamber Orchestra and has been the Musical Director of the Hibernian Orchestra for nearly thirty years.
Despite his hugely busy life as a performing artist and conductor, John has found the time to join the faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. His many tours have included China, as a soloist as well as with the National Chamber Ensemble of Ireland and Academy Chamber Ensemble performing to sell-out audiences.
He is a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist.
website: John Finucance
Recordings: Variations performing with the NSO (Lyric Label)
French Music for Clarinet and Piano with Elisaveta Blumine
John Finucane played Mozart’s concerto with profound understanding…..Sunday Business Post
John Finucane has wowed Irish audiences for decades with his superlative clarinet playing…Classical
Once considered unplayable, Francaix’s concerto is delivered with fluency and rich colour…A delight from first note to last...Classical Music Magazine