UCC Music Department is proud to announce the inaugural UCC/Ritmuller Music Appreciation Concerts with David Syme and Keith Pascoe

13 Jan 2022

The renowned concert pianist David Syme, the first UCC/Ritmüller Classical Artist in Residence, presents an exciting new series of lecture-concerts! He’s joined by Keith Pascoe, member of The Vanbrugh and one of Ireland’s most celebrated musicians. No prior experience of classical music is needed, as each of these classes is designed to enable everyone to appreciate the composers and their works in more depth.

Tickets: €15; €7 for UCC students; free to students in the School of Film, Music and Theatre (NB a ticket must still be obtained)


Tickets may be obtained from Eventbrite

NB Attendees MUST have a certificate of vaccination



03 February 2022, 5.30pm     Aula Maxima, UCC

Rachmaninoff: melancholy, hypnosis and triumph. Piano Concerto No. 2 (David Syme and Keith Pascoe, pianos)


10 February 2022, 5.30pm     Aula Maxima, UCC

Chopin: the poet of the piano (David Syme, piano)


10 March 2022, 5.30pm          Aula Maxima, UCC

Beethoven: tragic revolutionary. "Emperor" Concerto and Violin Concerto (David Syme, piano, and Keith Pascoe, violin and piano)


22 March 2022, 5.30pm          Aula Maxima, UCC 

Liszt: unparalleled virtuosity, musical prophet: Piano Sonata in B Minor (David Syme, piano)


28 March 2022, 5.30pm                          Aula Maxima, UCC

Franck: his wedding gift par excellence. Sonata for Violin and Piano (David Syme, piano, and Keith Pascoe, violin)



David Syme

David Syme is the new UCC/Ritmüller Classical Artist in Residence. An American concert pianist now residing in Ireland, he has toured internationally for decades, has been broadcast worldwide, and has recorded 2 dozen CDs as soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic and the Czech National Symphony. An alumnus of New York’s Juilliard School, he was given an honorary diploma by the Royal Irish Academy Of Music for his “contributions to Ireland’s cultural landscape”. He is best known in Ireland for his home concert series, West Cork Living Room Concerts, which attracts an international audience.


Keith Pascoe

Keith Pascoe is a renowned violinist who has toured and recorded worldwide with prestigious, prize-winning ensembles including Vanbrugh Quartet, Britten Quartet, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields. He has published critical editions.  He is currently the violinist of the Vanbrugh, director of the Irish contemporary music ensemble Evlana and conductor of the Cork Fleischmann Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

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