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5th Annual National Piano Festival 2014

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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 5th 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! Pianos Plus will be providing us yet again with their fabulous facility, of both warm-up pianos and a beautiful Recital Room.

We are very pleased to enclose details of next year’s National Piano Festival, which will take place once again at Pianos Plus Showrooms & Recital Room: Oak Road, Dublin 12 (easy access off M50) Friday 14th March ~ Monday 16th March 2014.

In 2013 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 (and last year being our first National Festival), we are expecting an even greater number of entries this time! We are also planning some fabulous recitals throughout the Festival, details to follow.

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 Friday 14th Feburary 2014.

Entry Forms and Syllabus available for download
here

How to get to Pianos Plus

Pianos Plus is located at Centre Point Business Park

Please click on view larger map to get detailed directions from your location. Alternatively if you have SatNav you can enter the following GPS Coordinates.

GPS Coordinates: 53.323019, -6.369631 or +53° 19' 22.87", -6° 22' 10.67"



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2014 Adjudicators

Adjudicator: Dr. David Mooney
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David Mooney received his musical education as a scholarship student at the Schola Cantorum, St. Finian’s College, Mullingar, studying piano with Dr Mabel Swainson and organ and composition with Fr. Frank MacNamara. A prizewinner in both instruments, he continued his studies at NUI Maynooth, graduating with a BA in Music and French and a MA in Music. In 1999 he completed a PhD in Musicology at University College Dublin.

In 1988 he joined the staff of the Conservatory of Music and Drama where he has lectured in piano and academic studies at graduate and post-graduate level. He has been Head of Keyboard Studies at the Conservatory since 2001. Many of his piano students have been prizewinners in international junior competitions, Feis Ceoil and other national competitions. He is an experienced accompanist, examiner and adjudicator and is a world-appointed judge for the WPTA Piano Competition. He is the current Chairman of ESB Feis Ceoil.

Adjudicator: Prof Mary Lennon
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Mary Lennon is a Senior Lecturer in Music at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where she teaches Piano and Music Education. A graduate of University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and the University of London Institute of Education, Mary studied piano with Frank Heneghan (College of Music, Dublin) and Christopher Elton (London). In addition to her successful teaching career, Mary has extensive experience in the areas of piano masterclasses, workshops/seminars, examining and adjudicating. She is a founder member of EPTA Ireland and has played an active role in the association both nationally and internationally. Her research interests include piano pedagogy and instrumental/vocal teacher education and she has presented at conferences, lectured and published on these subjects in Ireland and abroad. She has been involved in the AEC (European Association of Conservatoires) Erasmus funded Polifonia projects and was a founder member of the ISME (International Society for Music Education) Forum for Instrumental and Vocal Teaching.
2013 Adjudicators: Dr. Mary Lennon & Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin
2012 Adjudicator: Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin
2011 Adjudicator: Prof Ray Keary RIAM
2010 Adjudicator: Lance Coburn RIAM

2013 Festival Photos

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