Madeleine Staunton, flute Ireland. Peter Tuite, piano Ireland. Bogdan Sofei, violin   Romania/Ireland. Andreea Banciu, viola Romania/Ireland. Adrian Mantu, cello.Romania/Ireland. Tuesday 2 October 2012, 8pm. Aula Maxima, NUI Galway. Piano Sonata in G major, Hob XVI: 27. Flute Quartet in D major, Op. 5, No. 1, Hob II: D9 . Piano Sonata in D major, Hob XVI: 19. Piano Sonata in E-flat major, Hob XVI: 28. Flute Quartet in G major, Op. 5, No. 4, Hob II: 1. Tickets: €20 / Members & Concessions: €16 / Students (full time): €6. From Music for Galway: 091705962, or Opus II, No. 4 High Street, or Thursday 4 October – Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUIG, 6.30pm.  Screening of In Search of Haydn. Full feature documentary by Phil Grabsky. Admission free.

Music for Galway’s 32nd International Concert Season opens with a concert dedicated to a giant of classical music: Haydn, friend and teacher to both Beethoven and Mozart. Flautist Madeleine Staunton, pianist Peter Tuite and first violin, viola and cellist of ConTempo Quartet, Bogdan Sofei, Andreea Banciu and Adrian Mantu get together on October 2nd at the beautiful Aula Maxima in NUI Galway at 8 pm to celebrate this great composer. 

The programme, specially devised for Music for Galway, invites the audience to an evening of intimate music making, featuring three of Haydn’s piano sonatas and two flute quartets.

For those interested in the life of Haydn, on Thursday 4 October at 6.30pm there will be a screening of the full length feature documentary In Search of Haydn by Phil Grabsky at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media at NUIG. Admission is free.

Madeleine Staunton has been a full-time member of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra since 1974. She studied with the eminent flautist, conductor and chamber musician André Prieur. Madeleine is a founder member of Jane O’Leary’s contemporary music group Concorde and also plays principal flute with the Orchestra of St. Cecilia with whom she recently completed a ten year Bach Cantata series. She is currently involved in their six year Haydn Symphony series, due to be completed in 2016.

Rapidly establishing himself as one of Ireland’s most individual and brilliant concert pianists, Peter Maurice Tuite has performed in Ireland, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Israel and the USA and has broadcast internationally on both radio and television. Last season, following another highly praised concert with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland as part of their summer series, he completed a sixteen city tour of the United States to great critical acclaim, performing Beethoven’s Third Concerto and Shostakovich’s Second. He completed a doctorate in music, specialising in the works of Olivier Messiaen, at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Tuite recently returned to Ireland where he was appointed the new Head of the Keyboard Faculty at the Royal Irish Academy of Music – the youngest ever in the institution’s history.

Bogdan Sofei is the leader of ConTempo String Quartet. Bogdan has won several international and national competitions in Italy and Romania, in addition to the international prizes he has won as first violinist of ConTempo Quartet. Bogdan Sofei also sustains a busy career as soloist in the UK, Italy, and Romania.

Andreea Banciu was born in Bucharest and is a post-graduate of the University of Music in Bucharest. Her studies continued at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Royal Academy of Music in London, Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sophia in Madrid and the European Academy of Music in Aix-en-Provence. She is a founder member of ConTempo Quartet and in 2003, after an international audition, Andreea and her colleagues from ConTempo became Galway’s first Ensemble-in-Residence and remain at the heart of the Galway Music Residency today.

Adrian Mantu has won many national competitions in Romania and two prizes in International Cello Competitions in Bucharest and Sofia. As a member of the ConTempo String Quartet he has been awarded many international prizes. Adrian composed, arranged and recorded the music for the “Trop Tard” movie, who was selected for the Cannes Festival in France,(Director Lucian Pintilie) and for the “Dama cu camelii” play for the National Theatre in Bucharest. Collaboration with different artists and musical genres is a very important part of Adrian’s musical life. He enjoys playing early, renaissance or baroque music as well as Argentinean and Brazilian music. Come along and share in an evening of music to delight the soul. For full details of the Music for Galway season visit: Music for Galway gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council. Tickets: €20 / Members & Concessions: €16 / Students (aged under 26): €6. From Music for Galway: 091705962, or Opus II, 4 High Street, or For further details please contact: Anna Lardi Fogarty, Music for Galway,  c/o GMIT Cluain Mhuire/ Monivea Rd. Galway Phone: 091 705962  email:



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