George Ireland is a recent graduate of the University of Birmingham where he read music and specialised in solo performance. He has studied under Trevor Cordwell in Colchester and Alexander Boyd in Birmingham, and is now training under Joseph Middleton in London.
He began to play the piano from scratch, self taught, at the age of fourteen, achieving grade five with distinction in two years and grade eight with distinction two years later.
Soon after he was giving concerts throughout East Anglia, including in Braintree, Clacton, Colchester, Felixstowe and Long Melford. Notably before going to University he performed Schubert’s Fantasia in F Minor and Mozart’s rare Sonata for Two Pianos with Trevor Cordwell.
In 2013 he won his local Rotary Club’s Young Musician Competition and as a result gave his Concerto debut with the Clacton Concert Orchestra, performing Mozart’s 27th Piano Concerto.
He performed Mozart’s 25th Piano Concerto with the St Botolph’s Music Society Orchestra in 2014 to great acclaim, and in 2016 he won the University of Birmingham Concerto Competition, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra.
George became first choice of accompanist amongst staff and students in Birmingham, acting as repetiteur for the Summer Festival Opera during all three years of his degree as well as accompanying many student recitals, platforms and masterclasses.
He accompanied all of the University’s choirs, including the University Chorus under Julian Wilkins, a position held for two years.
He has also enjoyed a fruitful relationship with professional and community groups in Birmingham, including the CBSO Chorus and Youth Chorus, and Birmingham Opera Company.
For two years he was, by invitation, the orchestral pianist in the CBSO Youth Orchestra as well as the University Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras under conductors Cristian Măcelaru, Daniele Rosina, Michael Seal and Jac van Steen, and gave performances in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Town Hall.
In London he accompanies the East London Chorus and has on occasion accompanied the award-winning chamber choir Pegasus.
In 2018 George will begin studying a masters degree at the Royal College of Music, specialising in chamber music and piano accompaniment.