3rd Annual National Piano Festival Information

3RD ANNUAL PIANO FESTIVAL

PAI Piano Festival
We are thrilled to announce that from March 2012, our Annual Festival will be open to students outside of our own Academy! We are very excited about giving the young budding pianists from the four corners of Ireland the opportunity to perform together, as part of their very own Festival! As we have students travelling to us for lessons from as far as Kilkenny and Wexford, we are sure that many students of piano will be only delighted to have the opportunity to perform at our Festival.

UPDATE! Due to the large number of entries the festival will take place from Sunday 18th March to Monday 19th March 2012 at Pianos Plus!

Sunday 18th March - Monday 19th March 2012
at Pianos Plus

Closing date: Monday 30th January 2012

Adjudicator: Prof Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin, DIT
Categories for Solo u/6, u/8, u/10, u/12, u/14, u/16, u/18,
adult pre Grade 5, adult post Grade 5
New Category! Adults Senior Post Grade 3!
(Ages to be reckoned from Jan 1st 2012)
Cost: €14

Test: To play one piece/movement of choice
Prizes will be given to 1st 2nd and 3rd places!
To present original copy of Music to the adjudicator on the day.

We are thrilled to announce that from March 2012, our Annual Piano Festival will be
open to students outside of our own Academy! We are very excited about giving the young budding pianists from the four corners of Ireland the opportunity to perform together, as part of their very own Festival! As we have students traveling to us for lessons from as far as Kilkenny and Wexford, we are sure that many students of piano will be only delighted to have the opportunity to perform at our Festival.

Prizewinners Concert will take place on Sunday 25th March 2012

All events will take place at Pianos Plus

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FORM AND SYLLABUS DOWNLOADS

Sunday 18th March





09:00

Concert 1 Solo Under 6

4

09:20

Concert 2 Solo Under 8

9

10:00

Concert 3 Solo Under 10

27

11:40

Concert 4 Under 10 Duet

2

12:00

Concert 5 Solo Under 12

18

1:30-2:30

Lunch


02:30

Concert 6 Solo Under 14

13

03:30

Concert 7 Solo Under 18

15

05:15

FINISH








Monday 19th March





09:30

Concert 8 Solo Under 16

12

10:45

Concert 9 Solo Golden Jubilee (Seniors Post-Gr 3)

7

11:30

Concert 10 Solo Silver Jubilee (Young Adult Post-Gr 5)

17

01:30

FINISH


Sunday 25th March



03:00

Gala Prizewinners Concert for 1st & 2nd Prizewinners
04:00
10-15 minute Interval
04:15
Announcing & Presenting of Clive Gouldson Award for most Outstanding Perfomer


Announcing & Presenting of Emerald Cup for best performance of work by Irish composer throughout Festival

04:30
Concluding Festival with short 20-30 minute recital by pianist Tetyana Vlasyuk
05:00
Reception
05:30
FINISH

Adjudicator: Prof Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin
Padhraic O Cuinneagain
Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin was educated at the RIAM, St. Finian’s College, Mullingar, UCD and NUI Maynooth. He studied piano with Dr. Mabel Swainson and Louis Kentner (London), was a finalist in RTE’s ‘Young Musician of the Year’ competition, and winner of the Players-Wills Bursary. He has performed with distinguished Irish and international instrumentalists and singers.
He lectures in piano/academic studies at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and is Programme Chair for the MMus (Performance) programme. He has premièred contemporary works of many composers and performed with the contemporary ensemble Concorde. Recordings include violin/piano sonatas of Tom Cullivan with Italian violinist Carmelo Andriani, and songs of Tchaikovsky, Borodin and Mussorgsky with bass-baritone Conor Biggs.
Pádhraic is an experienced assessor and examiner for DESC, NCEA and HETAC. He is a member of NCCA, EPTA Ireland, SMI, and is a Director and Vice-Chairman of Feis Ceoil.

2011 Adjudicator: Prof Ray Keary RIAM
2010 Adjudicator: Lance Coburn RIAM