Eliza McCarthy

An intimate, nocturnal piano recital


9.30pm, Monday 15 August 2022


Eliza McCarthy (piano), Rolf Hind (piano) 


Great Hall, Dartington Trust, South Devon


£18 Central Rake | £15 Unreserved Benches & Balcony

About this event

London-based pianist Eliza McCarthy makes her Dartington debut with a programme of new and experimental music. This intimate, late-night concert begins with a Nocturne by Kit Downes, written specially for Eliza, and also includes music by acclaimed New York composer Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith’s Imaginary Pancake, and a special guest appearance by fellow pianist Rolf Hind for the two-piano Hallelujah Junction by John Adams, inspired by an American road sign.

About the performers

Winner of the 2013 British Contemporary Piano Competition, Eliza McCarthy performs in concert halls, art galleries, theatres and living rooms across the UK, Europe and US as a soloist and band member.

She has had the great pleasure of working with, commissioning, premiering and recording works by many living composers including John Adams, Thomas Adès, George Crumb, Tansy Davies, Donnacha Dennehy, Andrew Hamilton and Laurie Spiegel. She regularly collaborates with Mica Levi (Under the Skin, Jackie) and their album ‘Slow Dark Green Murky Waterfall’ was released in 2018 on Slip. She was featured on Alex Groves’ debut EP Curved Form (No. 4) which was released in March 2019. As an ensemble member she can be heard performing with Decibel and Ireland’s leading new music group Crash Ensemble.  

Alongside her life as a performer, Eliza teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and University of Birmingham helping performers engage with fear, anxiety and depression. She is also a professor at GSMD teaching contemporary repertoire studies to pianists.

Rolf Hind has worked closely with living composers across a broad range of styles: from John Adams and Tan Dun, to Ligeti and Lachenmann; Xenakis and Messiaen, to Simon Holt and Judith Weir.

Born in London and now living there after studies at the Royal College of Music and Los Angeles, his career has many facets. He appears regularly at new music festivals throughout Europe: in Brussels, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Darmstadt, Vienna, Strasbourg and Paris. He is in demand as a soloist with all the major BBC orchestras and plays regularly with the London Sinfonietta. Further afield he has made numerous appearances: including with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the South West German Radio Orchestra, the Stockholm Sinfonietta,  Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and orchestras in Holland, Italy, Ireland, Norway, France, Portugal and the US. As a performer he has had a number of concertos written for him, by Unsuk Chin (BBC NOW) Poul Ruders (LPO) Bent Sorensen (BBCSO/Danish Radio) and Simon Holt (London Sinfonietta).

About the dartington music festival

This event is part of the annual Dartington Music Festival, a thrilling summer of live classical, jazz, folk and experimental music on the Dartington estate, running this year between 23 July and 19 August. View all the concerts on offer here >

For more information about the Dartington Music Summer School & Festival , which includes an exciting range of intimate chamber music, spectacular outdoor performances, family-friendly concerts, workshops and talks, visit the Festival website.

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The Dartington Music Festival 2022 is delighted to welcome audiences back into the Great Hall (unless specified otherwise on the event page).

With guidance around Covid-19 constantly changing, we are monitoring the advice and will update audiences if there are any changes. We hope that you’ll join us for what promises to be a very special summer of live music.

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Monday 15th August

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