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St. Patrick and the Romanians

Updated: May 13, 2021

TRAVELLING: A multi-media performance re-imagining Irish historical works

Just to prove that Romanians are doing remarkable things all over the world, join us for an Enescu Soiree dedicated to St. Patrick's Day, one of New York City’s most beloved fetes, and offered as a multimedia performance of re-imagined Irish musical milestones by celebrated Romanian-Irish cellist Adrian Mantu, charismatic Irish accordionist Dermot Dunne, and Romanian visual artist Mihai Cucu.


Ina Boyle - Elegie (1913) and Psalm (1927)

Swan Hennessy - Rapsodie gaélique op 63 (1925)

Joan Trimble (arr.) - The Coolin (1939) and Brian Boydell - Five settings on poems of James Joyce (1944)

Henri O’Kelly - Melancolie (1897)

Ireland-based Romanian cellist ADRIAN MANTU is the founder of the RTÉ Contempo Quartet, Ireland’s National Broadcaster’s Quartet in Residence since 2014, and cello/chamber music teacher at RIAM. The musician has won 16 International Prizes in Cello & Chamber Music Competitions (London, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Bucharest, Graz, Hamburg, Sofia, Rome). He has performed over 2000 concerts around the world in 46 countries in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Tel-Aviv Opera, Carnegie Hall, Gedai Tokyo, and the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Adrian Mantu had the honour to perform in front of great personalities such as Michael D Higgins, Prince Charles, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Nobel Prize Winners & Hollywood Stars. He has composed and arranged the music for the “Trop Tard” film (selected for Cannes Fest) and recorded the music for Steven Spielberg and Tom Hank’s “Band of Brothers”. The cellist celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the RTÉ Contempo Quartet through over 100 concerts in Ireland and abroad (including appearances in NCH, Wigmore Hall and Tours in UK, Finland, Romania, Italy & Sweden). He performs equally on baroque, modern and electric cellos. His latest album “New Airs” went straight to no 3 in the iTunes classical charts, and his recordings can be found on the Universal, Sony, Quartz, Deutsche Schallplatten & NMC labels.

Accordionist DERMOT DUNNE has established himself as one of the leading Irish musicians of his generation. As a young student he was a frequent competition prize-winner both in Ireland and abroad but it was after winning the 1996 RTÉ Musician of the Future competition that he came to wide public recognition. After completing his studies in 2001 at the Conservatory in Kiev, Ukraine, he returned to Ireland where he pursued an active career as both a performer and a lecturer at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. He has appeared at most Irish venues and festivals including the National Concert Hall, Vicar Street, Belfast Opera House and The BBC Last Night at the Proms - to a live audience of over 10,000, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Great Music in Irish Houses Festival and Internationally at Carnegie Hall NYC, Kennedy Centre Washington DC, Beijing University Concert Hall and the Esplanade Singapore. As well as collaborating with many leading Irish performers Dermot has performed chamber music with some of Europe's leading international stars. For over 20 years he has pioneered his instrument in Ireland – collaborating with many Irish composers and premiering 40 of the 54 works written for the accordion by Irish composers since 1995. Among other ensembles, the musician performed with Crash Ensemble at the Edinburgh Festival, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Carnegie Hall, New York and the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C.


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