Dearbhla Collins, pianist, was born in Dublin and completed piano studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, continuing private studies with Boris Pertushansky in Bologna. She is one of Ireland’s finest and most versatile musicians. In addition to her accomplished career as a soloist, the prize- winning pianist is a regular chamber music partner to internationally renowned singers and Ireland’s leading artists and performs regularly with her pianist brother, Finghin Collins, in concerts for piano duo.
Ms Collins is an acclaimed vocal coach for art song and opera at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and performs in Ireland, the USA, China, Germany, Tunisia, France and Great Britain. She has appeared in the Wigmore Hall, London and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and given Master Classes in France, Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan, China. She is recognized as a superb interpreter in accompanying German Lieder, contemporary vocal repertoire and international theatre music.
Currently, she is Artistic Administrator of the prestigious triennial Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in Dublin and a Patron of the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition. Ms Collins was artistic director of the Dublin Hugo Wolf Festival and opera consultant for the performances of the ‘Irish Ring’ at the Royal Dublin Society. She is a member of the Board of the National Concert Hall, Dublin and served two terms as a Director of Culture Ireland, the national agency for promoting Irish arts abroad. She has performed with Aylish Kerrigan in Ireland, Germany and China since 2007 and is currently collaborating with her on a series of recordings of Irish and German contemporary works for the Métier label.