Composer Ronan awarded King House Piano Commission 2022

Roscommon County Council Arts Office is pleased to announce that renowned composer Ronan Guilfoyle is the second recipient of the King House Piano Commission Award.

This marks the second in a series of music commissions by Roscommon County Council in celebration of the grand piano at King House. The Steinway Grand Piano was purchased by Roscommon County Council in 1998 through the Arts Council Joint Purchase Scheme.

Funded by the Arts Office of Roscommon County Council together with the Arts Council of Ireland in collaboration with Boyle Arts Festival and in association with the Contemporary Music Centre, the 2022 commission has a value of €8,000.

Ronan Guilfoyle is a renowned figure on the Irish jazz music scene with a growing international reputation as an accomplished performer, teacher and composer. This exciting commission, to be premiered during Boyle Arts Festival, will consider the sonic fusion of classical and jazz genres for piano (Conor Linehan), guitar (Phil Robson), and clarinet (Matthew Berrill). Boyle Arts Festival audiences can look forward to an engaging event after the two-year absence of live music from King House due to the pandemic.

Accepting the award, Ronan Guilfoyle shared his connection with Roscommon: “My wife’s family are from Strokestown in Roscommon, so I know the county well and it holds a very special place for me. I have always loved the county’s geography and been fascinated by its ancient history, especially centred around Rathcroghan, and its inspiring medieval art history”.

Announcing the award, Arts Officer Rhona McGrath says she is “looking forward to working with Ronan Guilfoyle, the musicians, Boyle Arts Festival and Caroline Wynne (project manager), especially in this milestone year of the return of a fully programmed festival after the pandemic”.

The premiere will be at a concert on Monday, July 18th, at King House Boyle as part of Boyle Arts Festival (July 14th to 23rd).