Poster Pianist Michael McHale
Belfast-born Michael McHale has established himself as one of the leading Irish pianists of his generation.
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Learning to Listen: Building a musical career

Learning to Listen: Building a music career

This week's Learning to Listen is focused on how a young person builds a career in music as a performer. The episode features young Irish pianist Michael McHale, who was in St. Paul, Minn., recently to perform with clarinetist Michael Collins as part of the Schubert Club International Artist recital series.

McHale talks about how his career in music, his mentors and teachers, his influences and the way in which solo performance, chamber music, recording and composition all fit into his musical life.

Program Playlist

Grainger: Molly on the Shore
Michael McHale, piano

John Field: Piano Concerto No. 6 movement III
John O'Conor, piano

Schubert: Piano Sonata - Scherzo
Barry Douglas, piano

Debussy: Clair de Lune
James Galway flute/Nat'l Philharmonic Orch.

Ravel: Piano Concerto, mvt I.
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

Beethoven: Piano Trio Op. 70 No. 1 'Ghost'
Ensemble Avalon

Milhaud: Duo Concertante
Michael Collins, clarinet
Michael McHale, piano

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Philadelphia Orchestra/Stowkowski
Sergei Rachmaninov, piano

Philip Hammond: The Beardless Boy
Michael McHale, piano

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