One of Ireland’s most successful musicians, Finghin Collins was born in Dublin in
1977 and studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with John O’Conor
and at the Geneva Conservatoire with Dominique Merlet. He took first prize at
the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999.
Since then he has continued to enjoy a flourishing international career that takes him
all over Europe and the United States, as well to the Far East and Australia.
Collins has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras and
conductors. He has also given solo recitals in many of the world’s most
prestigious halls and participates frequently in chamber music festivals with a
variety of colleagues of international standing.
Finghin Collins is very active as a programmer, commissioner and concert
presenter in Ireland, having been Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival
since its inception in 2006, and Artistic Director of Music for Galway since 2013.
He will chair the jury of the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in
Switzerland in 2023 and 2025.
In October 2017, the National University of Ireland conferred on him an
honorary Degree of Doctor of Music, in recognition of his outstanding