Galway Music Residency


ConTempo Quartet with special guest Finghin Collins, Piano

Bogdan Sofei, Violin I
Ingrid Nicola
, Violin II
Andrea Banciu
, Viola
Andrian Mantu
, Cello

Additional tickets for the 16 September concert will go on sale Sunday 12 September at 10am.

Please Note: All new bookers, and existing ticketholders, will be required to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination certificate at the venue. Any existing ticketholders who cannot provide a vaccine passport are asked to contact the GIAF box office on Anyone who is no longer in a position to attend will receive a full refund.

To celebrate its 25th birthday, ConTempo Quartet will perform its favourite works, some of the most beautiful music ever composed for string quartet. The quartet will also be joined by renowned Irish pianist Finghin Collins, a long–time friend and collaborator, for a finale concert of Russian connections.

Watch Parts I & II online, then join us in person for Part III on Thursday 16 September at St Nicholas' Church.

Watch Part I Online

The performance originally scheduled for Saturday 28 August premiered online on Monday 13 September at 8pm
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
String Quartet Opus 33, No. 2 ‘The Joke’

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
String Quartet No. 13, Opus 29, D 804 ‘Rosamunde’

Watch Part II Online

The performance originally scheduled for Sunday 29 August premiered online on Tuesday 14 September at 8pm
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
String Quartet Opus 41, No. 3
Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884)
String Quartet No. 1 ‘From My Life’

This programme will include works by Irish/Russian composer John Field and Shostakovich’s only work for piano and string quartet.

ConTempo Quartet was appointed Galway Music Residency’s Ensemble in Residence in 2002. The quartet maintains a national and international presence as one of the most exciting ensembles performing today. Collins is one of Ireland’s most successful musicians and significant musical ambassadors. He is also Artistic Director of Music for Galway and the New Ross Piano Festival.

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Download the Show Notes for Parts I & II

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