Dublin-born Thérèse Fahy, one of Ireland’s foremost pianists, enjoys an active performing and teaching career at home and abroad. Her regular appearances throughout Europe and the United States have met with critical acclaim, as have her numerous broadcasts for both RTÉ and BBC. In concerto she has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland on numerous occasions, and in chamber music has worked with many of Ireland’s finest musicians.
A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Fulbright scholar, and a French Government Scholar, Thérèse is a senior professor of the piano faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and served as Director of Chamber Music there from 2000 to 2010. Her junior and senior students have been highly successful in national and international competitions, including Dublin’s Feis Ceoil, Shanghai International Piano Competition, Hammamatsu International Piano Competition, AXA Dublin International Piano Competition 2009, EU International Piano Competition 2009, the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, October 2011, and, in 2012 the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona. Thérèse Fahy has given masterclasses in Italy, Poland, and the United States, and in 2013, she has been invited onto the jury of the prestigious Baltic International Piano Competition and the Manchester International Concerto Competition in Great Britain, and will give masterclasses in Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Thérèse Fahy has an affinity for French music, having performed the complete works for solo piano by Debussy at Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery, in addition to many performances of works by Debussy and Ravel throughout Ireland. She is particularly identified with the performance of Olivier Messiaen’s piano music in Ireland, having given the Irish premiere of Visions de l’Amen with pianist Mary Collins in 1990; given a special 60th anniversary performance of the Quartet for the End of Time in 2001 and curated a four-day international Messiaen Festival at the National Gallery of Ireland which included such leading Messiaen interpreters as Paul Crossley and Naji Hakim. In June 2008, her performance of solo works by Messiaen was described by The Irish Times as a “tour de force”, and in October, she gave the Irish première of the composer’s Reveil des Oiseaux with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, under its Principal Conductor, Gerhard Markson, at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. In November 2009, Thérèse Fahy launched her cd, ‘Fields of Blue and White, the piano music of Michael Holohan, at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.In recent seasons she has appeared as soloist with the Israel Symphony Orchestra, given the premières of Conor Linehan’s Concerto for Piano and Jazz Ensemble in Dublin and in New York’s Merkin Hall, and premièred works by Marion Ingoldsby and Michael Holohan, written especially for her.
In the last two years, performance highlights have included a highly successful USA recital tour of solo Irish contemporary piano music in 2011, supported by Culture Ireland and the Fulbright Commission; engagements during 2012 included solo recitals, lecture-recitals and masterclasses in New York, Washington, Colorado, Milan and Paris, Dublin and Cork, as well as serving on the international jury of the Dublin International Piano Competition 2012. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy, Thérèse has just recorded a documentary, ‘The Snow is Dancing’, on his life and piano music for Ireland’s national broadcasting station, RTE Lyric FM, and in February 2013, she had the honour of giving the opening recital in Prague to celebrate Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union.