A pianist of growing reputation, Cahal Masterson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to Patrick and Martina Masterson. His musical family includes four siblings who are all professional or aspiring violinists. Cahal has performed throughout the UK and Ireland, and has given European performances in cities of Berlin, Salzburg, Nice, Verona, Marbella, and Novi Sad. In the US and Canada performances have included both Washington D.C. and Toronto. In May 2019 he completed his postgraduate studies, graduating with a Masters in Music Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, USA as one of a select number of full scholarship students. In April 2018 he recorded his inaugural album Transition at Sono Luminous Studios in Boyce, Virginia, USA. This achievement marked the beginning of his journey as a professional pianist, and the album featured a collection of the artist's most loved pieces written for the piano. Following this album release in the USA and Canada Cahal returned to Northern Ireland to engage and reconnect with his home audiences. He worked with aspiring music students giving concert previews and piano workshops in secondary schools throughout Northern Ireland in the autumn of 2019 and received an Emerging Artist Platform with Moving On Music in 2020.
At the beginning of 2020 concertising began in Ireland and Spain, with debut January performances in Marbella to mark the 250th anniversary celebrations of Ludwig Van Beethoven's birth. However, a recital at Portico Ards, Portaferry at the beginning of March proved to be one of the last allowed public performances in public before the the onset of the pandemic. Over the past year Cahal has none the less been involved in some exciting new collaborations which have been seen through in more remote means! Highlights have included the recording of a new four movement piano suite by Irish/Welsh composer Anselm McDonnell named "Ceaselessly Into The Past." The recording which was completed in February 2021 will feature on the composers debut album release later this year. Other digital performances have included a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 with family on New Year's day and video performances for Moving On Music, The Market Place Theatre and Belfast Music Society.
Looking forward to 2021-22 Cahal hopes to see through Irish performances at the Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin, Castleconnell Concert Series Limerick, Music For Galway, Sligo Con Brio, Drogheda Classical Music, Music for Wexford among others. Also he looks forward to an exciting collaboration with Co-orch Dublin orchestra later in the year.
Prior to postgraduate study, 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. Masterson was a recipient of the prestigious Lucien and Maura Tessier Scholarship during his time at the Royal Irish Academy and was also 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