* 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 or over the time limit will not be considered for a prize. Performers over the time limit may be stopped at 7 mins *** 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 **** To present one movement from a piano concerto of own choice. Accompanist to be provided by the competitor and a digital piano will be provided
Prizes: 1st prize: Cup & Gold medal 2nd prize: Silver medal 3rd prize: Bronze medal As well as an array of trophies and medals, we have two special awards to present in honour of the late Clive Gouldson: A cash prize of €150 will be presented to the most promising Junior Pianist. A cash prize of €300 will be presented to the most promising Senior Pianist. In addition, there will be three special prizes: The Emerald Award and a cash prize of €75 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 €125 will be presented to the winner of the Solo Etude Open category & €150 cash prize will be awarded to the winner of the Bob Smyth Concerto category.
Registration forms must be filled fully along with your Payment by Credit Card or PayPal in order to be processed. PAI will not be accepting cash or cheques registrations this year.
Closing date for entries is Friday 21st February 2020. Late entries will be accepted up to Tuesday 25th February, on payment of an additional fee of €10 per entry.
Unless a Category is cancelled by the Piano Academy of Ireland, registration fees are non-refundable
Ages shall be reckoned from 1st January 2020 - ie Solo Under 10 must be age 9 or under on January 1st 2020 - if they turn 10 on January 2nd, they may still register for Solo Under 10
This year’s Festival schedule will be viewable online, from February 28th, two weeks prior to the Festival. You will not receive your individual schedule via email, so please make a note of what categories you entered.
Performers to present one piece of their own choice (except Under 12 Repertoire)
Participants in more than one category may not perform the same piece more than once.
Time limit of 8 mins permitted for Solo Repertoire
Previous 1st Prizewinners may not enter the same category again.
Receipt of application will be made by email.
The Piano Academy of Ireland reserves the right to refuse entry to any performers.
The Piano Academy of Ireland reserves the right to change the time, venue or order of performances where necessary.
If a large number of entries is received for a category, it may be divided into two groups.
Performer’s piece may be heard in entirety or in part at the discretion of the adjudicator.
Performers are asked to provide a clean copy of their music to the adjudicator.
Performers must score at least 86% to merit 1st prize and 81% to merit 2nd prize.
The Adjudicator’s decision is final.
Prizewinners Concert will take place Sunday 15th March 2020, at Rathgar Methodist Church, afterwhich the Clive Gouldson Junior + Senior Awards will be presented, along with the Emerald Award & remaining cash prizes.