Internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist Junsuke Kita will play a grand pianoforte concert on St Valentine’s night in the recently opened front concourse of St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny.

Twenty-two year old Junsuke Kita, from Osaka, Japan, won the John Field Medal at the Royal Irish Academy in 2014 and has been travelling the world ever since playing to current and former nobles of Europe and Russia. He was awarded the Tchaikovsky medal for his performance in Moscow in December and, following a private concert for Queen Elizabeth II, he received the Prince Albert Medal for the Arts at Buckingham Palace last April. He plays Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and also pieces from Russia and the various countries he visits. Junsuke is no stranger to Kilkenny having played here twice last year. At his Kilkenny concerts, he treated his audience to Franz Liszt’s Liebestraum (Liszt was in Kilkenny in 1840), The Rose of Mooncoin and a rousing version of Amhrán na bhFiann.

It is wonderful to have someone of Junsuke’s calibre choose St Luke’s as part of his European tour and we are grateful to the sponsors for helping us run this event.’ – Anne Slattery, General Manager, St. Luke’s General Hospital

While the concert is free of charge, those attending will have the opportunity to make a donation to the Friends of St Luke’s to raise necessary funds, should they wish to do so. The concert will be held in the new concourse area of St Luke’s General Hospital on Sunday, 14 February 2016, at 7 pm. All are welcome.

For more information, please contact Anne Slattery, General Manager, St Luke’s General Hospital, Carlow/Kilkenny, on 056-7785232. Or Edelle Nolan, Arts Officer, 086-7714617 or email


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