David Syme, piano
David Syme is an American piano virtuoso living in Ireland and has had a long and colorful career. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, and in major venues in 17 European countries, Canada and Mexico.
An alumnus of Juilliard and Indiana University, he was a protégé of the legendary Jorge Bolet. He was schooled in the grand tradition of the great masters, and also studied with Ozan Marsh, Sascha Gorodnitzki, Ania Dorfmann, Louis Kentner and Constance Keene. He has recorded two dozen CD’s with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, and the Czech National Symphony, Concerto engagements in the past several seasons have featured the Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Schumann, Liszt E-Flat, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff 2nd and 3rd with orchestras in the U.S. and Europe.
Since arriving in Ireland in 2005, he has been steadily forging a reputation as one of the finest pianists ever to grace its shores. He is best known there for his “Living-Room Concerts”, held about 25 times a year in his West Cork home on the Beara Peninsula.
David Syme performs regularly for public and private concerts throughout Ireland and the European mainland as well as in the U.S. He has played in the National Concert Hall in Dublin numerous times, as well as with the City of Cork Symphony, in addition to his international orchestra appearances. David was recently awarded an honorary degree by the Royal Irish Academy of Music for his “contributions to the Irish cultural landscape”.