Donal McHugh

Biography

Pianist Donal McHugh, from Co. Clare, Ireland, graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2014 (BMus Hons in performance). He then spent four years freelancing as a musician in Glasgow – performing, teaching and accompanying. As well as regular classical recitals (both solo and chamber music) he also gained a reputation playing with the many jazz big bands in the city. Donal has taken part in seminars on Grieg’s music a number of times in Bergen, Norway (most recently Autumn 2017). This included the opportunity to perform on Grieg’s own piano in Troldhaugen. In 2016 he led the piano course in Summer Music on the Shannon which also included numerous performances and he was part of Enterprise Music Scotland’s Creative Exchange in 2015. Highlights of last year were performing in the final of the Nordell Cup (Feis Ceoil Sonata competition), in Glasgow’s West End Festival in June and in a sellout concert at the Burren College of Art in August along with singer Kate Daly. Also a keen composer, Donal has written works for solo piano and for voice and piano. He is currently studying a Masters in performance at the Cork School of Music with tutors Michael McHale and Michael Joyce.

     
  Donal McHugh