From the Book of Longing - Ian Wilson (RVRCD65)

Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson was born in Belfast in 1964 and obtained the first PhD in composition from the University of Ulster, which, in 1993, commissioned his orchestral work Rise in celebration of the tenth anniversary of its foundation. His music has been performed and broadcast on six continents by artists such as the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Ulster, Belgrade Philharmonic and Norwegian Radio Orchestras, the London Mozart Players and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Vanbrugh, Vogler and Endellion Quartets, the Psappha, Gemini and Concorde ensembles, Gerard McChrystal and Harry Sparnaay. Works have been performed at many festivals including the BBC Proms, ISCM World Music Days, the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Cheltenham, Spitalfields and Bath Festivals and the Ultima Festival in Oslo, where Running, Thinking, Finding for orchestra received the composition prize in 1991.

He has written over sixty pieces including a chamber opera, seven concertos, orchestral pieces, six string quartets, three piano trios and many other chamber and vocal works.
In 1992 Ian Wilson was awarded the Macaulay Fellowship administered by the Arts Council of Ireland, and in 1998 he was elected to Aosdána, Ireland's state-sponsored body of creative artists. Between 2000 and 2003 he was AHRB Research Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Ulster.

His music is published by Universal Edition (London) Ltd.


Hugh Tinney

Born in Dublin in 1958, Hugh Tinney first came to international recognition by winning first prize in two international competitions, the 1983 Pozzoli in Italy and the 1984 Paloma O'Shea in Spain, and since then he has performed in more than thirty countries throughout the world.

A prize-winner in the 1987 Leeds Piano Competition, he has performed with most of the main London orchestras. Conductors he has worked with include Simon Rattle, Morman del Mar, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Jerzy Maksymiuk. He has performed cycles of the complete Mozart and Beethoven concertos in the 1990s and is currently completing the cycle of 32 Beethoven sonatas in Dublin, but his repertoire interests stretch from Couperin to contemporary.

In addition to recording for Riverrun, Hugh has recorded for Decca, Meridian, Naxos, Marco Polo and Black Box, and since 2000 has been Artistic Director of Music in Great Irish Houses. In 2003, he took part as principal pianist in the TV documentary "PIANO - The King of Instruments"


Catherine Leonard

Catherine Leonard recently completed her studies with Herman Krebbers in Amsterdam and is quickly developing a distinguished international career. Awards include the Heineken Violin and bow, the Ulster Bank Bursary, the Ford "Ka" Classical Musician of the Year, first prize winner in the Friends of the Concertgebouw "Concours" in the Netherlands, several Arts Council Bursaries and a Fulbright Scholarship for studies in America.

Described by the Irish Times as "the leading violinist of the younger generation in Ireland, a musician whose playing is typically both thoughtful and touching …"

She has performed extensively as a soloist in Europe, including the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London and Finlandia Hall in Helsinki where she was partnered by Hugh Tinney. Further afield she has played both as soloist and chamber musician in the USA, Canada and Australia.

Some recent highlights include several performances with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, including the world premiere of "Messenger", a concerto written for her by Ian Wilson and commissioned by RTE; a series of BBC Radio 3 recitals, partnered by Charles Owen and a marathon performance of all ten Beethoven sonatas in Bantry House, West Cork with Julius Drake. She made her Wigmore Hall debut with Charles Owen at the end of 2003.

In 2004 she makes her Dublin Helix and Bath Festival debuts with Charles Owen and will participate in the City of London Chamber Music Festival with cellist Claudio Bohorquez and pianist Alex Slobdyanik. Catherine will also premiere "Eigenschatten", a major solo work commissioned from Ian Wilson through the Arts Council of Ireland.

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