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Bumper month for young pianist

Tuesday, 6th May, 2014 11:53am

Bumper month for young pianist

JJ McNamara with his parents Frank and Theresa at the Sligo Feis, where he won the Maeve Flynn Cup for under 16 repertoire and the overall junior instrumentalist prize for most promising performer. photo: Philip McCaffrey

Young Dunshaughlin musician JJ McNamara, son of well known pianist Frank McNamara, has had a month of outstanding accomplishments.

The 15-year old won the prestigious Junior Concerto piano competition in the Feis Ceoil last month, playing Concerto No. 2 - 3rd movement by Shostokovich and dad Frank played the orchestra part on 2nd piano. The duo greatly impressed the judges and it was the first time that a father and son collaboration scooped first prize in this competition.

JJ also performed with the family in Dunshaughlin Parish Church in the week before the Feis to help raise funds for the Pastoral Centre and he has had a great month winning competitions around the country prior to the Feis, including overall winner at the Piano Academy of Ireland Festival, First prize in the Open Advanced Competition in the Arklow Feis, winner in Epta Ireland.

JJ also had a very successful showing at the Sligo Feis recently. He is currently studying for his Junior Cert.

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