A pianist of growing reputation, Cahal Masterson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His musical family also includes four siblings who are all professional or aspiring violinists. Masterson has performed throughout Europe and North America, as well as Suzhou, China. This May he graduated with a Masters in Music Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, as one of a select number of full scholarship students. In April 2018 he recorded his inaugural album Transition at Sono Luminus Studios in Boyce, Virginia, and released the recording in the US and Canada this year. Masterson will give a series of concerts to promote himself and his debut album to European audiences next season.
Masterson completed an Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School in Toronto, Canada, and a Bachelor degree in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. His main teacher and mentor over the course of his study has been Dr. John O’Conor. During his time at the Royal Irish Academy of Music he was a recipient of the prestigious Lucien and Maura Tessier Scholarship, as well as a multiple prizewinner in Dublin’s prestigious Feis Ceoil. He has worked with many of the world’s leading pianists including Pascal Rogé, Jaques Rouvier, Arnulf von Arnim, Pavel Nersessian, John Perry, Ronan O’Hora, Anton Nell, Jonathan Biss, Joanna MacGregor, and Leon McCawley.
Cahal is an international ambassador for the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans