John Finucane to step in for conductor David Brophy

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE, Friday 13 November

John Finucane will step in to conduct RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE tomorrow, Friday 13 November, replacing David Brophy who is indisposed. The programme will remain as advertised: Sibelius Valse triste, Mozart Exsultate, jubilate with soprano Claudia Boyle as soloist, and Beethoven Symphony No. 8

John was Principal Clarinet of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to earlier this year. No stranger as a conductor to the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, John has also conducted the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, and the Ulster Orchestra on many occasions and has been the Musical Director of the Hibernian Orchestra for nearly thirty years.

John Finucane

John Finucane, was Principal Clarinet of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to earlier this year and before that Principal of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra since his college years. He has worked also as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor in Ireland and abroad.

Described by Gramophone magazine as ‘an outstanding virtuoso’, on the release of his CD Clarinet Variations, he has also played with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Irish Film Orchestras. He has appeared regularly on radio and on television programmes, including RTÉ’s The Symphony Sessions and The South Bank Show and has a particular affinity with chamber music, working with many groups, including the Ysaye, the Navarra, the ConTempo and the Vanbrugh Quartets.

As a conductor he has worked with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, and the Ulster Orchestra on many occasions and has been the Musical Director of the Hibernian Orchestra for nearly thirty years.

He is also a well-known educator and has been elected professor of clarinet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

In 2014 he launched a chamber music festival, Music In Monkstown in the picturesque village of Monkstown, Co. Dublin, where he lives. Unfortunately the series of concerts proposed for this year were postponed until next year due to Covid restrictions.

He has recorded a further CD for the German label Dabringhaus, of the three sonatas for clarinet and piano by Grigori Frid. This is the premiere recording of these recently discovered works by the great Russian composer, and was nominated for a OPUS KLASSIC award.

John is a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist.