pianoacademy.ie | 9th Annual National Piano Festival | 23rd - 25th February 2018 | All ages and abilities welcome |

9th Annual National Piano Festival

23 - 25th February 2018

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Our Festival is a unique opportunity for all to celebrate the piano whilst acting as a platform for pianists to convey the musical messages of great composers. We all know & appreciate the power of live performance and how it can instantly change the way we feel. Pianists are urged to develop and showcase their unique talents and perform with individuality, personality, originality and spontaneity.

We are really looking forward to hosting our 9th Annual National Piano Festival. Based on feedback from previous Festivals, what sets our Festival apart is a combination of things - the wide age categories, from under 6 years tots all the way to the Over 50’s, the freedom of ‘own choice’ pieces, the relaxed ‘concert’ setting (with a healthy competitive edge), comprehensive feedback delivered to each performer, FREE gift for all participants and finally something else that doesn’t usually come with National Festivals – warm-up pianos!

We are very pleased to enclose details of next year’s National Piano Festival, which will take place in Rathgar. Location to be announced soon!

In 2017 we were host to those travelling from as far as counties Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Kildare, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Roscommon, Sligo and Armagh as well as the greater Dublin area itself. Based on the very positive feedback we received in previous years we are expecting an even greater number of entries this time!

Thanking you for your support!

Please spread the word & pass on the enclosed Information Brochures & application forms to your teachers & students, our Festival being an ideal platform for pianists for all ages and levels. The closing date for entries is Monday 29th January 2018.

Schedule TBA


1st prize: Cup & Gold medal
2nd prize: Silver medal
3rd prize: Bronze medal

The Clive Gouldson Awards: A cash prize of €100 will be presented to the overall Junior Winner. A cash prize of €150 will be presented to the overall Senior Winner.

Two special prizes; the Emerald Award and a cash prize of €50 will be presented to the best performance of a piece by an Irish Composer from any category & the Virtuoso Cup and a cash prize of €100 will be presented to the winner of the Solo Etude Open category

1. Solo Under 6 years
2. Solo Under 8 years
3. Solo Under 10 years
4. Duet Under 10 years
5. Solo Under 12 years
6. Sonatina Under 12 years*
7. Solo Repertoire Under 12 years**
8. Solo Under 14 years
9. Solo Under 16 years
10. Duet Under 16 years
11. Solo Under 18 years
12. Solo Etude Open no age limit***
13. Solo Adult Silver Jubilee Post-Grade 5 (Under 50 years)
14. Solo Adult Golden Jubilee Post-Grade 3 (Over 50 years)

*To perform the first OR last movement from any Sonatina.
**To present 5 - 7 minutes of contrasting repertoire, minimum of 2 pieces representing different styles/moods. Please note performers presenting a programme under the time limit will not be considered for a prize.

***To present one Piano Etude by one of the following composers: Hummel, Moscheles, Herz, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Alkan, Henselt, Smetana, Gottschalk, Saint-Saens, Moszkowski, Lyadov, MacDowell, Debussy, Busoni, Godowsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Bartok, Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Prokofiev, Lutoslawski, Ligeti, Glass, or Bolcom.

2018 Adjudicators - TBA

2017 Adjudicators: Colma Brioscu & Dr. Orla Mc Donagh
2016 Adjudicators: Una Hunt & Mairead Hurley
2015 Adjudicators: Anthony Byrne & Conor Linehan
2014 Adjudicators: Dr. David Mooney & Dr. Mary Lennon
2013 Adjudicators: Dr. Mary Lennon & Prof Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin
2012 Adjudicator: Prof Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin
2011 Adjudicator: Prof Ray Keary RIAM
2010 Adjudicator: Prof Lance Coburn RIAM