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Award-winning Cork student set for CIT show

Thursday, 29th November, 2018 8:51am

Cork will be treated to a classical extravaganza tonight with a special performance by an award-winning CIT student.

Pianist Jordan Bagot will perform a recital tonight Thursday 29 November at 7.30pm in the Curtis Auditorium at CIT Cork School of Music.

The precociously talented 24 year old is the winner of the inaugural Cork Orchestral Society Emerging Artist Award, and was the highest-placed final year student for the Bachelor of Music undergraduate in the CIT Cork School of Music.

Jordan’s show tonight will see performances of lesser known works by the likes of Scriabin, Liszt and Rautavaara, as well as living Cork-based composer CSL Parker.

“I like showing the lesser known works, which will show a whole new soundscape for people to hear that I don’t think has ever been performed in Cork,” he explains. “I don’t think a lot of people will have heard a lot of the repertoire I’ll be playing. The likes of Beethoven and Mozart are incredible, but I suppose I have an avid interest in new music; I understand it better I think, I’m able to get a grasp of it. It’s more relevant to me.”

Jordan has won numerous awards, including the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Award and the Morris Grant Bursary at Feis Ceoil. This year he won the Mabel Swainson Award at the 2018 Feis Ceoil.

“My parents weren’t musicians, so I don’t come from a musical family or anything,” he explains. “I didn’t realise what the School of Music actually was, or what my teachers would show me. I had performed a small bit before college, but it was only there that I realised it was my passion, and I loved it.”

Jordan, who credits his teacher Mary Beattie and Head of Keyboard Studies Gabriela Mayer with opening his mind to new musical possibilities, has performed both solo and with an orchestra around Ireland. He has received masterclasses from world-renowned pianists such as John O’Conor, Pascal Devoyon, Barry Douglas, John Lill, Philip Martin and Pavel Nersessian.

“I just feel very lucky to have had people put me in that situation,” he says of his masterclass experiences. “It’s always inspiring to get a glimpse into someone else’s imagination, or for someone that doesn’t know you to listen with fresh ears. It’s just the best thing, to get to share my art with them, for them to give their opinion, and love it.

“A musician never stops learning. It’s very personal, and you want to change and improve it, because it matters so much to you, it’s your expression. I always want to keep learning, finding out stuff.”

Founded by Aloys Fleischmann in 1938, Cork Orchestral Society is currently celebrating its 81st season.

Jordan Bagot’s recital in the Curtis Auditorium at CIT Cork School of Music takes place at 7.30pm tonight 29 November. Tickets are €20/€15 concession, or €5 for CIT students, and are available via corkorchestralsociety.ie.

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