Cathal Breslin plays Carnegie Hall

Derry classical musician Cathal Breslin is set to raise the rafters at New York's world-famous Carnegie Hall come June.

Cathal, a former St Columb’s College pupil from Troy Park, will take to the famed stage, graced by many of history’s greatest artists and public figures, for his debut piano recital concert there on June 26.

The bright lights and lofty heights of Carnegie Hall may well intimidate the less-seasoned professional but Cathal, who is regarded as one of the top young classical pianists in the world, isn’t fazed.

“It will be a huge honour to follow in the footsteps of the Carnegie Hall’s musical greats,” says Cathal.

“A lot of hard work goes into a concert like this. I’ll be performing works by Brahms, Chopin, Messiaen, Falla, Phillip Hammond and Prokofiev.

“It’s going to be a really busy year for me, I have a lot of tours and other big projects planned. In September I’ll be touring China and in December I’ll be on a tour of Japan.

“Being on the road a lot means I don’t get to keep in touch with people as much as I’d like. It’ll be great to catch up with all my friends and family at Carnegie Hall.”

Indeed New York won’t know what hit it with an influx of Derry and Donegal people expected for the big occasion.

The concert has been sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Culture Ireland.

Tickets are available to book online at priced between $25-$35.