Cathal Breslin


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), “energized and energizing” (Belfast Telegraph), “a deep connection to the music” (Tampa Oracle), and “noble poetry” (The Independent, London). Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, a growing international career has taken him to concert halls throughout Europe, U.S.A. and Asia, including halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

Recent concerto performances have been the Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Liszt, Beethoven, Mozart, and Takemitsu concerti with the Turin Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, BBC Ulster Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony NC, Jackson Symphony TN, Camerata Ireland, RTE Concert Orchestra, with prestigious conductors such as Vladimir Altschuler, Giovanni Battista Rigon, David Brophy, Matthew Coorey, Barry Douglas, Christian Gansch, Gearoid Grant, Robert Houlihan, Courtney Lewis, Peter Shannon, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and Niklas Willen.

Recent solo recitals in Asia have been throughout China, Korea and Japan; in the United States in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan and Texas in United States; in Europe throughout Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Poland and Portugal, U.K. and Ireland. Highlights in recent Seasons included a Carnegie Hall Recital in New York City, in Madrid, Lisbon, Sofia, Warsaw, recitals in Beijing, Tianjin, Nanjing, Qingdao, Ningbo, Suzhou, and Chongqing in China, concerts in Seoul and Busan in Korea, and Tokyo in Japan.

As a chamber musician, Cathal performs as a member of Trio Festivale, and in duo recitals with flutists Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway, violinists Augustin Dumay, Anne Akiko Meyers, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Kirill Troussov, Ye-Eun Choi, oboist Nicholas Daniel, cellists Jan Vogler, Raphael Wallfisch, and Jeffrey Zeigler. Other chamber music performances have included with the Brodsky Quartet, Houston Symphony Winds, Fitzwilliam Quartet, the Ceruti Quartet, and the Coull Quartet, and percussionists Andy Akiho and Ian Rosenbaum. Upcoming concerts this season include a major North American concert tour with Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway in Florida, Colorado and Canada, recitals with violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky and soprano Measha Brueggergosman, and Rachmaninov Concerto No.2 with the Ulster Orchestra.

Cathal was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Viotti International Piano Competition in Vercelli/ Milan, Italy, a World Federation International Music Competition. Other international competition successes have included top prizes in “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, Spanish and Irish Television many times. His Mozart and Takemitsu recordings for the European Broadcasting Union network have been broadcast in over 30 countries worldwide (including NPR, BBC, ABC, etc.)

Cathal began his Conservatory studies at the Royal College of Music in London with John Barstow, continuing at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Kathryn Stott, Benjamin Frith and Alexander Melnikov. He then lived in Madrid for two years studying with Joaquin Soriano.  In 2008 he received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, studying with Arthur Greene, where he was also a Fulbright Scholar and Teaching Assistant. 

Cathal greatly appreciates the kind financial support throughout his career from the Arts Council of N. Ireland, BBC, Culture Ireland, Diageo Ireland, Fulbright Ireland, and the Bank of Ireland.