12th Annual National Online Piano Festival | 17th - 19th March 2022
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12th Annual National Piano Festival - March 17th - 19th, 2022

Festival Results 2022

Results - Solo Under 12

Results - Solo Repertoire Under 12

Results - Solo Under 14

The Festival Videos are HERE!

MAR 17th @7:00pm GMT (= 12:00noon Pacific) Duet Under 10 Duet Under 16 Solo Under 8 Solo Under 10

SHOW #2: MAR 18th @7:00pm GMT (= 12:00noon Pacific) Solo Under 12 Sonatina Under 12 Solo Repertoire Under 12 Solo Under 14

SHOW #3: MAR 19th @7:00pm GMT (= 12:00noon Pacific) Solo Under 16 Solo Adults POST Grade 5 Solo Etude

MAR 17th @7:00pm GMT (= 12:00noon Pacific) Duet Under 10 Duet Under 16 Solo Under 8 Solo Under 10

12th Annual Piano Festival FINALE!

Winners are announced after the LATE LATE TOY SHOW!

SHOW #4: Saturday 26th March@8:00pm GMT (= 12:00noon Pacific) GRAND FINALE LATE LATE TOY SHOW & Awards Presentation A tribute to legendary teacher, Mrs Mary Toy Announcing the winners of 2022 Limerick Writers Announcing the 2022 Emerald, Virtuoso and Clive Gouldson Junior & Senior Award winners

Innovative Piano Festival Returns!

Welcome

The Piano Academy of Ireland (PAI) announces the return of its annual National Piano Festival! This year’s festival will take place March 17th-19th, 2022, and will be an all-virtual event for the third year in a row.

Those wishing to take part in the festival are invited to submit videos of their performances. While a shift from the majority of PAI festivals in the past, the virtual festival ensures the safety of all involved and also gives participants the opportunity to put their best pedal foot forward by submitting their top performances!

2022 Online National Piano Festival

We are excited to welcome this year’s piano adjudicator, Dr. Roger McVey from the University of Idaho where he enjoys a highly successful teaching & performing career.

From the tiniest tots (under 6 yrs) ALL the way to our most MATURE & seasoned adults (pre and post Grade 5)…and everyone in between…the PAI Festival is the perfect platform for you to step out of your comfort zone, have your performance heard, get some positive feedback from an esteemed pianist, who has also many times before been in your shoes!

With fantastic prizes, interlaced with some good ol’ fashioned Irish humour what are you waiting for?!

International Limerick Contest

Returning for the 2nd year is our LIMERICK CONTEST!

The Limerick (5 line rhyme) contest will be one of the fun highlights of this year's National Piano Festival! To help lift the oul' spirits, all participants, friends and family are encouraged (arms twisted:) to submit ONE Limerick to the Piano Academy of Ireland!

During the Piano Festival Concerts on March 17th - 19th, 2022, everyone who qualifies will recite their Limericks! The overall winner will be announced and awarded a limited edition LucKey the Leprechaun NFT with their Limerick embedded, to the value of approximately €500.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 8th!

2022 Adjudicators

An Innovative and Creative Approach
PAI has long been an innovator in the field of piano and music education. In 2012, the academy’s annual festival was the first music competition anywhere in the world to offer Bitcoin as a prize. In March of 2020 when all other festivals & events were canceled or postponed, even at very short notice, the PAI team were ready to transition their Festival to online. 2021’s edition introduced a Limerick Writing Contest alongside the piano, in an effort to liven things up during times of great gloom, while also reaching a broader audience internationally. PAI has always pursued a creative approach to instruction and programming that is a cut above the rest. In a new twist to PAI’s forward-thinking virtual approach, the 2022 Festival will feature the minting of an exciting new NFT Leprechaun limited to 88 variations and will also offer a one-of-a-kind NFT prize to the top prize winners. 10% of the proceeds of the NFT sale will go to ‘Pianos For People’ - a non-profit organisation that gives free pianos & lessons to people who need it the most. Details on the NFT reveal to come soon!

An Opportunity for Learning and Inclusivity
As always, the festival will involve a top-tier adjudication process. This year's adjudicator is Roger McVey, graduate of Indiana University, Roger is Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Idaho and highly experienced in the  field of performance and adjudication. PAI prides itself on ensuring that the Festival is not only a dynamic learning opportunity for participants but ensuring a Festival feel is maintained, gaining both value and enjoyment out of the experience. With more than €1000 in prize money, gorgeous trophies, salvers and medals, as an inclusive event, each participant will receive both certificates and fun give-aways. Competition categories are diverse, inviting players of all levels and ages to take part with solo & duet categories from under 6 years all the way to Adult. As we are all more than aware of the challenges teachers have faced this past couple of years, this year’s motto is Appreciation - and participants will also be asked to submit a short “Thank their Teacher” video. 

Let the Festival Fun Begin!
Premiering as part of the St Patrick’s Day festivities, we ask each of our participants when making their videos, to wear their finest or funkiest GREEN attire! 

Deadline is March 6, 2022, so get cracking on those videos!!

https://www.pianoacademy.ie/rapidcartpro/payment-for-piano-festival.php?product/page/876/2022+Online+Festival+Registration


Go n-eirí an t-ádh libh, 


Rhona & Archie

Save the Dates!

Registration Deadline

(1) Registrations
(2) Piano Performance Videos 
(3) Limerick Text & Videos (encouraged)
(4) ‘Thank your Teacher’ Videos (encouraged) 


DEADLINE
Sunday, 6th March, 2022
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Submit Your Video by March 8th for your chance to win this NFT!

Festival Procedure

  1. With round-the-clock piano performances, each age-group Concert will be presented, running in alphabetical order – followed by Dr. McVey’s video adjudication – just like the live-event! Interlaced with humourous Limericks, the ‘Most Festively Dressed’ & the ‘Best Limericks’ will also be announced. The Festival will be YouTube Premiered on 17th - 19th March 2022 but in the event that you are busy, it will be viewable afterwards.
  2. Premiering as part of the St Patrick’s Day festivities, we ask each of our participants when making their videos, to wear their finest or funkiest GREEN attire! 
  3. Feedback Report sheets and certificates will be emailed in the days immediately after the Festival, including other special awards. Medals will be mailed out after that.
  4. With more than €1000 in prize money, NFTs, gorgeous trophies, salvers and medals, as an inclusive event, each participant will receive both certificates and fun give-aways.
  5. As we are all more than aware of the challenges teachers have faced this past couple of years, this year’s motto is Appreciation - and participants will also be asked to submit a short “Thank their Teacher” video. 
  6. Trophies to be picked up from the PAI Office or delivery by courier, at the expense of the participant.

Categories

  1. Solo Under 6 years
  2. Solo Under 8 years
  3. Solo Under 10 years
  4. Solo Under 12 years
  5. Sonatina Under 12 years*
  6. Solo Repertoire Under 12 years**
  7. Solo Under 14 years
  8. Solo Under 16 years
  9. Solo Under 18 years
  10. Solo Etude Open (no age limit)***
  11. Piano Concerto Open (no age limit)****
  12. Solo Adult Bronze Jubilee Pre-Grade 5 (over 18)
  13. Solo Adult Silver Jubilee Post-Grade 5 (over 18)
  14. Duet Under 10 years
  15. Duet Under 16 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.
****To present one movement from a piano concerto of own choice. Orchestral part to be provided by the competitor. A second piano will be provided.

Video Submission Guidelines

Video Recording Tips:
  • Please film your video in Landscape.
  • Using your phone or tablet to record is fine.
  • Please hold your phone/tablet to record video in landscape, not portrait (landscape is horizontal, portrait is vertical). This type of recording will help fill the screen better and make for a more consistent presentation for our premiere.
  • When recording your video, include just a few seconds of silence before and after starting the performance.
  • Try to present yourself as if this were a “real” performance! We want to capture your best performance to share!

Instructions for Uploading Video:
  • After your video audition has been created, upload it to YouTube as “unlisted” (see below).
  • Be sure to give the file an appropriate title and description (see below).
  • Copy/paste the URL into your online Video Submission Form.
  • Please check your URL to ensure it is functioning properly before submitting your application.

Video Format:
  • YouTube accepts any of the following video formats: .MOV, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, and WebM.

Upload:
Follow these directions to upload your completed video to an unlisted YouTube file. By doing this, only someone with a direct link to your video will be able to view it on YouTube.
  • Go to www.youtube.com and sign in. If you don’t already have an account, create one.
  • Click the “UPLOAD” button at the top.
  • Either click on the “Select files to upload” box and select your video file from the directory or
  • drag/drop your video file into the box.
  • In the “Basic Info” screen, enter YOUR NAME, PIECE & COMPOSER, CATEGORY where the filename appears. i.e. Lisa Smith, Sonata in E major, K. 984, 1st mvt by Mozart, U16
  • Change the privacy setting from “Public” to “Unlisted.”
  • Click “Done.”
  • When the video is finished, copy the URL and paste it into your online application form.
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