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Thursday, September 22, 2011


(Photo © Sophie Dennehy: Darragh Morgan, Mary Dullea and Robin Michael)

Ireland's celebrated piano trio, The Fidelio Trio, comprises Darragh Morgan (violin); Robin Michael (cello) and Mary Dullea (piano) and they are currently on an extensive tour of South Africa. Continually promoting Irish composers on this tour, they will perform music by Donnacha Dennehy, Kevin Volans and Micheal O Suilleabhain.

The trio have also programmed a number of South African composers, including a world premiere by Robert Fokkens alongside Mokale Koapeng and Michael Blake. Musical anniversaries being celebrated are Liszt and Grainger and music by Ravel and Schumann completes the tour programme. The trio will also give a number of masterclasses to composition and performance students at UKZN, WITS and Stellenbosch.

Their Durban performance will take place on September 27 at 19h30 in Howard College Theatre, University of KwaZulu-Natal. The programme will include Michael Blake’s Carpet of Memory; the world premiere of Robert Fokkens’s New Work; Kevin Volans Piano Trio; Donnacha Dennehy’s Bulb; Micheál Ó Suilleabháin’s Fidelio Unsung and Mokale Koapeng’s Fourever Colourful.

Then the trio moves to Pietermaritzburg where they will perform an evening concert presented by Music Revival.

“The 'virtuosic Fidelio Trio' (Sunday Times UK) first performed for Music Revival in 2004 when pianist Mary Dullea was Senior Piano lecturer at UKZN and Darragh Morgan was Artistic Director of Baroque 2000 and Concert Master of the KZN Philharmonic,” says Music Revival’s Christopher Duigan. “With cellist Robin Michael they return to South Africa this September for an extensive tour incorporating Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg with masterclasses at WITS and Stellenbosch Conservatorium. The Fidelio Trio have performed throughout Asia, America and Europe including London's prestigious Wigmore Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre and Symphony Space New York. For this special Pietermaritzburg concert they commemorate Percy Grainger on the 50th anniversary of his death along with iconic piano trios by Ravel and Schumann.”

The concert in Pietermaritzburg takes place on September 28 at 19h30 at 35 Montgomery Drive, Pietermaritzburg. They will perform Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63, Percy Grainger’s Colonial Song and Ravel’s Piano Trio. Tickets R120 includes wine on arrival. There is safe parking. Booking is essential on 033 342 3051 or email:

This tour is generously supported by Culture Ireland. More information on