Greencastle musician shines in National Symphony Orchestra

Talented pianist Nadene receives standing ovation at the National Concert Hall

Nadene FiorentiniA Greencastle musician was thrilled earlier this month when she made her debut with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, playing to a sold out audience at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Talented pianist Nadene Fiorentini received a standing ovation following her performance of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the concert on July 15, last.

Nadene, who was the winner of the 2012 Brennan Prize, was blown away by the crowds’ reception for her.

“When I went on stage initially I knew I had a job to do so I could not think about anything other than the demands of the performance itself and the need for total focus,” said the Greencastle musician.

“It was not until I hit the final note and then listened to the audience’s reception that I took in the magnitude of the occasion.

“It’s when you see and hear that kind of feedback that all the hours of practice and sacrifice seem really worthwhile and it gives you the drive to keep going.”

Following the performance, Nadene was over the moon to discover that a member of the audience approached the CEO of the National Concert Hall to offer sponsorship for a further concert, with details to be announced soon.

But in the meantime the Greencastle lady, and former Carndonagh Community School student, has plenty to keep her busy.

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