- (Elizabeth Cooney)
- Format: CD
'The young Cornish pianist Daniel Hill accompanies Elizabeth in Brahms's Second Sonata, a rich and thoughtful performance, while Wieniawski's fantasy on 'Faust' demonstrates her remarkable virtuosity. Robert Schumann's first Sonata and Romance by Clara Schumann complete this fine disc.' Ian Fox, Sunday Tribune, 27 March 2005 'It was an outstanding reading which realised all the alternating drama and lyricism of the piece. She is a talent to watch.' Tully Potter, The Strad 'Success is written in the starts for this duo' Karen Dervan, The Sunday Tribune, 26 February 2006 Elizabeth Cooney commenced her violin studies with Adrian Petcu at the Cork School of Music in Ireland and has been making her mark on the international stage ever since. Having won all the major prizes and awards in her home country, including the Strings Final of the RTE Millenium Musician of the Future Competition, she studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky on scholarship at the Royal College of Music, London. While there she won the Seymour Whinyates Prize for Strings, the Ian Stoutzker Award for Violin and the Bernard Stevens Prize for Chamber Music. She gained the highest mark ever awarded (98%) at the RCM in her Postgraduate Final Recital. In August 2002 Elizabeth won second prize at the Sion-Valais International Competition for Violin in Switzerland, the audience prize and the award for best interpretation of the compulsory piece. She has since received great acclaim for her fierce intensity, emotional energy and thrilling virtuosity after performances at the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall and the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Elizabeth has worked with many of the world's leading conductors including Alexander Anissimov, Josep Caballe Domenech, Paavo Järvi and Shlomo Mintz. She has participated in masterclasses with Ida Haendal, Dorothy DeLay, Nam Yun Kim, Edvard Grach and Yehudi Menuhin among others. Equally at home in repertoire spanning from Bach to Boulez, Elizabeth has performed numerous concerti and recorded for both TV and radio with the RTE Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Elizabeth is also a keen chamber musician and she regularly performs with the Sans Souci Piano Trio who often feature on Lyric FM and BBC Radio Three. The Trio recently premiered Mark Anthony Turnage's A Fast Stomp in Canterbury. This season's engagements brought Elizabeth to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Katya Popova Festival and the Clandeboye Festival in Northern Ireland where performed in recital with distinguished pianist, Barry Douglas. Recent concerto appearances included performances with the Liszt Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria as well as collaborations with the RTE Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.