Greencastle girl takes to international stage

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A Greencastle woman is preparing for the biggest day of her life as she will be representing Ireland in an international piano competition for the first time.

Nadene Fiorentini will be competing in the Dublin International Competition tomorrow afternoon after impressing a panel during the preliminary Irish stage of the competition before Christmas so much she was chosen along with two other pianists to represent Ireland at international level.

While Nadene began her initial piano studies with Giovanna Fiorentini, she soon was transferred to the City Academy of Music in Derry at the age of seven where she studied under Ray Mc Ginley and later under Ruth Mc Ginley.

Later she completed her undergraduate degree at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and she is currently in the final year of her Masters Degree in Music Performance.

But despite her impressive musical background, the Greencastle lady was over the moon and relieved when she heard she would get the chance to represent Ireland.

“I was absolutely delighted to hear my name being called and if I am being totally honest, I also felt a great sense of relief to hear that I had qualified. My teachers have worked so hard in preparing me and I really wanted to deliver for them too.

“This is an amazing opportunity to have such a wonderfully organised competition right on our doorstep so I’m feeling very excited and proud to be one of three pianists selected to represent Ireland on this international arena.”

But it has not been an easy road for the former Carndonagh Community School student who is practising between six and eight hours a day in preparation for the competition.

“There is no point in putting yourself forward for a competition like this if you are not going to commit to it 100%. This is such a great opportunity and I’d hate to waste it by not being as prepared as I possibly can be.

“Thankfully the Dublin International Piano Competition organised a masterclass recently with previous winner Max Levinson – that was really helpful and inspiring.”

And regardless of her tender 24 years, Nadene has been a multiple award winner. In 2011 she was the recipient of the Lucien and Maura Teissier Scholarship and has also been a multiple prize-winner at the Dublin and Sligo Feis Ceoil and the RIAM Festival. As well as this in 2010, she was invited to record Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and later that year she also performed in the RDS Concert Hall and in the National Convention Centre in the presence of former President Mary Mc Aleese.

But all that goes out the window now as she prepares to wow the international judges in Dublin tonight.

“I hope to gain experience more than anything. It will be my first time participating in a competition of this standard so I hope that with all of this experience my playing will develop a great deal and my ability to deal with all other aspects of performance will also mature.

“The concert will also be streaming live online on and I’m playing at precisely 3:52pm so it would be lovely to have people from home listening along,” concluded the Greencastle woman.

Nadene has also recently set up her own Facebook page recently, where she will be keeping people updated about upcoming concerts and competition. To follow her go to