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David Quigley

“A pianist of amazing maturity and concentration. His body as one with the keyboard, nothing distracts him from the work in performance, and he finds markedly different soundworlds for each composer under discussion. Applause from a gratifyingly large, mixed audience of all ages threatened to go on forever.”

The Birmingham Post,
Symphony Hall Birmingham

Since his early successes in major competitions including BBC Young Musician of the Year, the Royal Over-Seas League music competition and his selection as the UK’s representative for the ECHO Rising Stars concert series, Irish pianist David Quigley enjoys a varied international career as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and educator. He has performed as a soloist throughout Europe, USA and Asia in many of the world’s greatest concert halls including the Philharmonie Köln, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Musikverein Vienna, Mozarteum Salzburg, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, National Concert Hall Athens, Wigmore Hall London, Konserthaus Stockholm and Carnegie Hall New York.

As a concerto soloist he has appeared with many orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Ulster Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, Southern Sinfonia and Cairo Symphony Orchestra. David is a much sought after chamber musician and has collaborated with internationally renowned artists including oboist Nicholas Daniel, clarinetist Michael Collins, cellist Jonathan Aasgaard and soprano Ailish Tynan. He is also pianist of the Fews Ensemble, one of Ireland’s leading chamber music groups founded in 2016 by himself and his sister, the violinist Joanne Quigley-McParland.

David’s discography includes Piano Music From Northern Ireland (Lontano), Rediscoveries: Old and New Music of Ireland with Joanne Quigley-McParland (Heritage), Piano music by Philip Hammond (Lontano), Piano Classics (El Greco) and Piano Nocturnes (Avie). His latest album The Fair Hills of Eire: Irish Airs and Dances (Heritage) was released in July 2022 to critical acclaim. He broadcasts regularly on both Irish and UK radio and television for the BBC, RTE, Classic FM and RTÉ Lyric FM.

Aside from performing, David is passionate about musical education. He is a member of the piano faculties at both Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the University of Birmingham. He is co-founder/artistic advisor of Newry Chamber Music, a concert society that provides concerts and education projects in his home town and surrounding areas. David is frequently invited to give Masterclasses and to adjudicate piano competitions throughout Ireland and the UK. He has also served as a juror for the internationally renowned BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in both 2018 and 2020.