Concert Career

Margaret Ann Ireland in concert, 
Saint John New Brunswick 1963


Spanning sixteen countries from 1945 to 1967

Pianist Margaret Ann Ireland won international acclaim during the 1950s and 1960s for performances "distinguished by virtuosity and deep understanding." Audiences and critics in London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Stockholm and other European cities all applauded her remarkable talent. This critical acclaim led to two tours of the former Soviet Union in 1960 and 1962, where Miss Ireland played in thirteen major Soviet cities. 

Margaret Ann Ireland made her debut in Canada at the age of sixteen with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. This illustrious  beginning led to numerous concerts in Canada, where she toured extensively. Her Canadian engagements included several performances under the batons of Sir Ernest MacMillan and Walter Susskind. 

In January, 1963, Margaret Ann Ireland’s New York debut at Town Hall won her added acclaim. A critic for the New York Times wrote, “Miss Ireland is a real artist with both the soul and the fingers to guarantee her success.” The press of sixteen countries lauded her performances. Paris critics called Miss Ireland “an artist of rank”, and in Copenhagen she was hailed as “a great talent”. In Moscow the Soviet pianist Emil Gilels pronounced her “an outstanding musician.”

Leading European radio networks broadcast concerts by Margaret Ann Ireland. In England the BBC presented her on all its services – overseas, domestic and television. In Canada she played frequently on the national network of the CBC. 

Margaret Ann Ireland withdrew from her concert career in October 1967. Her last public recital was given in Toronto at Walter Hall, University of Toronto.