The second Dublin International Piano Festival and Summer Academy will be held this summer, from July 26th to August 3rd. The inaugural festival last year was a huge success and the forthcoming festival looks equally interesting too. The programme is ‘tailored to those wishing to excel in piano performance and technique with a desire to visit the beautiful Dublin Fair City.’
This unique festival is packed with lessons, master classes, seminars, student and faculty concerts, scheduled practice session, stretching classes, as well as relaxing excursions exploring the Irish landscape and culture. It promises healthy and wholesome energy meals and comfortable guest house accommodation for the duration of the trip.
Joining the faculty this year on the Summer Academy, will be Portuguese pianist Artur Pizarro, and Irish pianist and pedagogue John O’ Conor, who is Honorary Patron. Edmund Battersby and Evelyne Brancart (from Indiana University), Lance Coburn (an Australian pianist, residing in Ireland) and Artistic Director Archie Chen, will also be coaching and giving recitals.
Both International Piano Magazine and Bluthner pianos are on board as partners for the festival, the latter supplying excellent instruments for the concert series. The course is limited to 16 students and is designed for advanced pianists over the age of 18. There are scholarships available and the closing date for entry is April 18th, so you will need to get moving if interested!. Here’s a recent review of the festival from the International Piano Magazine and you can find out lots more about the course here.
For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my two-book piano course, Play it again: PIANO (Schott). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, 49 progressive pieces from approximately Grade 1 – 8 level are featured, with at least two pages of practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.
You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions here.