Having completed their studies and established their credentials, a whole new generation of young-ish musicians from Northern Ireland is emerging into the musical world at the higher end of the market.
Mostly in their late twenties, or early thirties, some are opting to come back to Ireland to live — good news for those of us who often despaired of such a situation ever happening.
Two of the most promising musicians to fall into this latter category are the brother and sister duo, David (pictured) and Joanne Quigley. Originally from the environs of Newry, David and Joanne went abroad for the latter part of their musical education and subsequently have made a mark for themselves elsewhere. Now they are trying to find performance opportunities back here and — with Bulgarian-born cellist Alexander Somov — they have recently formed the Belfast Piano Trio.
The trio's debut takes place on May 15 in a ‘one-day tour’. In Belfast's Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church at 1.15 pm the Belfast Piano Trio will perform Shostakovich’s first piano trio and Beethoven's ‘Ghost’ trio. And again at Friends Meeting House in Bessbrook, Co Armagh, at 8pm that evening.