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Acclaimed Pianist Launches Magee Concert Series

2 February 2010

The Lunchtime Concert  Spring Series at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus will start on a high note next week with a performance by acclaimed pianist Cathal Breslin.  

Cathal will return to his native city to present an attractive programme of music by Chopin, Field, Prokofiev and Ian Wilson in the Great Hall on Tuesday 9 February. 

Following studies in Dublin, London, Manchester and Madrid, Cathal has gone on to pursue an exciting international career, giving critically acclaimed performances in concert halls throughout the world including a recent performance in Carnegie Hall, New York.  

Having recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Michigan, Cathal has returned home to dedicate himself to developing the growth of classical music throughout the island of Ireland and has developed a close association with the Music department at Magee. 

This is the first of ten concerts at Magee during the spring period, with a wide variety of musical genres represented in the popular series.   

Niamh Pearce, Cultural Development Officer, said:  “The spring lunchtime concert series at Magee reflects our ongoing commitment to showcasing the very best of local musical talent, as well as introducing performers who will be new to Northern Irish audiences. 


“Our spring programme is particularly diverse,  ranging from traditional music from South America performed by Argentinean singer/guitarist Guillermo Rozenthuler to classical songs inspired by Venice, performed by one of Ireland’s rising opera stars, soprano Marcella Walsh. 


“We are particularly delighted to open the series with a performance by Cathal, whose successful career can serve as an inspiration for our own music students and other young musicians.”


All lunchtime concerts take place at 1.15pm in the Great Hall, Magee campus.


Cathal Breslin will also perform an additional lunchtime concert in the Octagon, Coleraine campus, on Monday 8  February.

A full programme outlining all future concerts is available at: or by phoning the Cultural Development Office on: 028 7137 5456.