Saturday 24 February 2018

Nadene has world at her fingertips

Pianist Nadene Fiorentini, from Greencastle, Co Donegal, at the RDS yesterday.
Pianist Nadene Fiorentini, from Greencastle, Co Donegal, at the RDS yesterday.

SHE first began tinkling the ivories at the tender age of six under the close watch of her great aunt.

And last night Donegal pianist Nadene Fiorentini was preparing for one of the most important moments of her career.

The 22-year-old is the only Irish competitor to make it in to the second round of the prestigious Dublin International Piano Competition at the RDS.

She will be up against 51 pianists from more than 23 countries.

"I am so delighted and honoured to represent Ireland. It is fantastic to get this far," said Nadene.

Nadene was first taught how to play by her great aunt Giovanna Fiorentini at her home in Greencastle, Co Donegal. Her grandfather, Ignatius Fiorentini, had moved from Italy to Derry at the age of 11 -- later setting up an Italian ice cream and fish and chip shop.

Nadene completed all grades in piano before going to do a degree in musical performance followed by a masters in the subject with the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

She has won several competitions over the past number of years, most recently the Feis Ceoil Morris Grant Bursary.

She was one of just four Irish pianists chosen to compete in this year's Dublin International Piano Competition.

The semi-finals are at the National Concert Hall on Saturday and Sunday with the finals on Tuesday.

Edel O'Connell

Irish Independent

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