Greencastle’s Nadene Fiorentini rounded off a whirlwind 2014 by launching her debut album at the Royal Irish Academy of Music on Saturday.
It’s another important milestone for Nadene, one of the extended Fiorentini family from the North West.
She said her musical odyssey began under the instruction of her great aunt Joanna Fiorentini, proceeded through the McGinley School of Music, before yielding rich rewards at the RIAM and Dublin International Piano Competition (DIPC) over recent years.
Nadene paid particular tribute to DIPC organisers without whom none of this would have been possible.
She said: “I guess it’s all starting to come together and the hard work has really paid off. So I’m grateful to the competition for everything they have done for me.
“It was then that - not only did I learn a lot musically, and my playing and everything developed, personally speaking as well, it was the moment I realised I was good enough to pursue this as a career.”
Nadene says the album is the product of a musical education that began years ago in the North West.
“I started off with my great aunt, Joanna Fiorentini, and then I later transferred to the McGinley School, where I worked with both Ray and Ruth McGinley. I had a fantastic time there and had some success in the Derry Feis and local competitions up the north,” she said.
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