Christian Curnyn, Jonathon Heyward & Chloé van Soeterstède

Guest Conductors for RIAM Philharmonia Season Announced

Published: 19th Oct, 2021


Three exceptional conductors, three rousing programmes of symphonic music and three concerts before live audiences for the first time since March 2020 are on the musical menu in the academic year ahead for the RIAM Philharmonia, which brings together some of the Ireland’s finest musicians, joined by a growing body of international students making the Royal Irish Academy of Music their musical home.  

In the first of their three concerts this season, the spirited members of the RIAM Philharmonia welcome conductor, Christian Curnyn and members of the Irish Baroque Orchestra for a truly collaborative side-by-side project exploring period style through a programme of boundless joie de vivre on Friday, October 29th at 7.00 pm.  Performed in the magnificent setting of DCU’s All Hallows Chapel, the programme features a charming suite of dances and airs from Rameau’s last opera, Les Boréades, alongside Haydn’s final symphony (Symphony No 104), the crowning achievement of the composer’s symphonic output.  

The RIAM is proud to present the Irish début of Jonathon Heyward who is forging a career as one of the most exciting conductors on the international scene on Friday, February 4th 2022.  Recently lauded by The Guardian as ‘a man of twenty-nine coolly heading for the stratosphere’ he will lead the RIAM Philharmonia in works by Stravinsky (Pulcinella Suite) and Beethoven (Symphony No 8), in addition to Hannah Kendall’s Kanashibari described by The Seattle Times as a ‘marvelous array of colors’.

Another Irish début for the RIAM will see the French conductor Chloé van Soeterstède collaborate with the vibrant musicians of the RIAM Phiharmonia on Saturday, March 12th, 2022.  This brilliant conductor is increasingly attracting the attention of orchestras across the globe for her intuitive, sensitive, expressive music-making and her charming and positive presence on the podium.  On the occasion of her first visit to Ireland she will conduct Mozart’s lively Symphony No 27 and Beethoven’s magnificent Seventh Symphony, the sublime Allegretto of which was used to great emotional effect in the seminal scene of the Oscar-winning film, The King’s Speech.

The RIAM Philharmonia’s performances are generously sponsored by The John Pollard Foundation.

Tickets the RIAM Philharmonia’s first performance on Friday, October 29th priced €12 and €5 (students) are available to book HERE.


For further information contact:

Ciara Higgins, Head of Artistic Programming, 087 2391420