Cathal Breslin has been praised worldwide as one of the most exciting pianists of
his generation with critical acclaim such as "superb intensity and passion" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), "energizing" (Belfast Telegraph), "a deep connection to the music" (Tampa Oracle), and "noble poetry" (The Independent, London). Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, an international career has taken him
to concert halls throughout Europe, U.S.A. and Asia, including Carnegie Hall in New
York, and Wigmore Hall in London.
Recent solo recitals have been throughout the United States and Canada, China, Hong
Kong, Korea, Japan, Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal,
U.K. and Ireland. This season, he has appeared as Guest Artist and Professor at the
Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,
and several other prestigious Universities in Asia.
As a chamber musician, Cathal performs as a member of Trio Festivale, and in duo recitals
with violinists Augustin Dumay and Dmitry Sitkovetsky, cellists Jan Vogler and Raphael
Wallfisch. He has also performed with the Houston Symphony Winds, and this season
will be performing Piano Quintet concerts with the Brodsky Quartet in live BBC Radio
3 concerts in the U.K., in addition to tours of Asia and the U.S. with Trio Festivale.
Recent concerto performances have been with the Turin Philharmonic, National Symphony
Orchestra of Ireland, BBC Ulster Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, and the RTE Concert
Cathal has been awarded top prizes in International Piano Competitions such as "Viotti"
in Vercelli/ Milan, "Carlet" in Valencia, "Grand Konzerteum" in Athens, and "Iowa"
in the U.S. He has broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 3, RTE and Radio Ulster, RTVE
Spain, and has performed on Japanese, Chinese, Hong Kong, Spanish and Irish TV many
times. His Mozart and Takemitsu recordings for the EBU radio network have been broadcast
in over 30 countries worldwide.
In 2008 Cathal and his wife, American flutist Sabrina Hu, became Founding Artistic
Directors of the Walled City Music Festival in Derry, Northern Ireland, with the aim
of creating a brighter future for young musicians in N. Ireland – peace and reconciliation
through music. The Walled City Music Festival presents world-renowned classical musicians
in the unique and historic walled city of Derry, creating an inspiring platform for
classical music, making it accessible to all. The Festival aim is to remove boundaries
by presenting fresh, innovative and exciting programs from the world's most exceptional
musicians. In their first 4 years, they have featured Artists such as Kronos Quartet,
Fitzwilliam Quartet, Sir James Galway, Augustin Dumay, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Jan Vogler,
Raphael Wallfisch, Li-Wei Qin, Tine Thing Helseth, Emma Johnson, Colin Currie, Jonathan
Fa'afetai Lemalu, Houston Symphony Winds, Richard Sherman and many other world-renowned
musicians. In 2013 the Festival will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary, and it will
be presented within the context of the 2013 UK City of Culture celebrations in Derry.
Cathal studied with John Barstow at the Royal College of Music in London, with Kathryn
Stott, Benjamin Frith and Alexander Melnikov at the RNCM in Manchester, and with Joaquin
Soriano in Madrid. In 2008 he received a DMA Degree in Piano Performance from the
University of Michigan, studying with Arthur Greene, where he was also a Fulbright
As a Professor, he has previously worked at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania,
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, National University of Ireland, and Queen's
University of Belfast.