Finnegan Downie Dear

Samling Artist Programme: 2014

Born in 1990, Finnegan is an award-winning pianist based in London. He has performed at venues including the Wigmore Hall, St. John’s, Smith Square, the Royal Opera House and Kings Place, and has appeared as part of the Oxford Lieder, Buxton, Aberystwyth and Gower Music Festivals, as well as live on BBC Radio 3.

He studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, graduating from both with distinction and from the Academy with the DipRAM. As a student, he was awarded the Gerald Moore Award and the pianist’s prize at the Hampshire Singer of the Year competition, as well as many of the internal prizes at the RAM. This year he will curate a series based on the songs of Mahler at the Academy, as the recipient of the Hodgson Memorial Scholarship. Recent recitals have included a concert of Poulenc songs and chamber music as part of the Sutton House Recital Series, Die schöne Müllerin with Gareth Brynmor John, Pierrot Lunaire and Facade with the Mondfleck Ensemble and a performance in the final of the Kathleen Ferrier Awards with Sarah-Jane Lewis.

He has worked with companies including the Royal Opera House and Aldeburgh Music, as well as with Royal Academy Opera as the Lucille Graham Fellow. Next year he will return to the ROH to work as an assistant conductor, as well as conducting a double bill of works for Shadwell Opera, of which he is co-music director.