The 2014 Dublin International Piano Festival and Summer Academy

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.


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

For more information, please visit the publications page, here.



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