Lane Music's piano festival was created to allow students a chance to display their talents they've been working so hard on. A professional piano judge evaluates each participant, giving them a chance to get an expert opinion on how they've been developing as aspiring musicians.
Every player is judged on an individual basis, there is no 1st-place prize as this performance is non-competitive. Once they have played their piece, they receive a breakdown of how they performed, allowing them to improve. Not only that, but the experienced gained from this opportunity can only help them improve as they get comfortable performing for others.
Everyone who performs in the Piano Festival will play on a genuine Shigeru Kawai Concert Grand Piano. A Japanese based company that distinguishes their piano by elegant design, high quality materials, technological advancements, sensitive touch, and perfect sound. The Shigeru Kawai is one of the best pianos that money can buy.
Cathal Breslin has been praised worldwide as one of the most exciting pianists of his generation with critical acclaim such as “superb intensity and passion”, “energizing”, “a deep connection to the music”, and “noble poetry”. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, he has performed in major concert halls throughout Europe, U.S., and Asia, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
As a chamber musician, Cathal has performed extensively with Sir James Galway, Augustin Dumay, Anne Akiko Meyers, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Nicholas Daniel, Jan Vogler, Jeffrey Zeigler, Brodsky Quartet, and the Houston Symphony Winds. He is a regular member of Trio Festivale, a flute-cello-piano ensemble that tours internationally.
He came to the U.S. as an Ireland-U.S. Fulbright Scholar, where he received a DMA Degree from the University of Michigan. His earlier studies were from the Royal College of Music in London, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and Real Conservatorio Superior in Madrid. Cathal is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano and the Coordinator of Piano Studies at the University of Memphis, Tennessee.