George Ireland enjoys a thriving career, in demand both as a recital partner with some of the finest singers of his generation, and as a repetiteur in Opera and Choral music. From a non-musical background, he began to play the piano from scratch, self-taught at the age of 14. He is now 27. In both 2020 and 2021 he accompanied the winning recitals at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, with Jessica Cale and Hugh Cutting respectively. With Jessica Cale he was an Emerging Artist in the 2021 Oxford Lieder Festival, and with Hugh Cutting he has subsequently enjoyed an appearance on Radio 3’s In Tune and a recital at the Brighton Festival, which was received with great acclaim.
He is a 2022-23 Oxford Lieder Young Artist, having given two successful audition-recitals with Emily Christina Loftus and Caroline Taylor at the 2022 Spring Song festival. In this capacity he looks forward to a weeks’ residency with Mark Padmore later this year, and further performances at the festival as an Emerging Artist.
As an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham he won the 2016 concerto competition and performed Grieg’s concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra. He was also much in demand as a recital accompanist, and in his final year enjoyed a masterclass with Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton, with whom he subsequently studied.
In an operatic and choral capacity he has recently enjoyed work with the youth companies of the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne, and in 2018 he was selected as a repetiteur for British Youth Opera’s production of The Rake’s Progress under Lionel Friend.