There are a plethora of Summer Schools on offer around the world, many with superb faculty teachers and performance opportunities. The Dublin International Piano Festival and Summer Academy is in its third year, and boasts an excellent Summer School programme for advanced students plus a concert series all rolled into one. This year’s Academy (taking place from 25th July – 2nd August) coincides with a Summer celebration of Irish culture, sport and history occurring all over Ireland.
The 2015 faculty includes Archie Chen (the Festival’s Artistic Director), Edmund Battersby, Lance Coburn, Evelyne Brancart, and HJ Lim, who will also give recitals as part of the Festival. Sixteen lucky performers will be selected to take part in the advanced course, and they will enjoy a full programme including masterclasses, lessons, seminars, concerts and performance opportunities. Successful applicants will also gain additional online exposure with a permanent page on the Festival’s website with their photo, biography, video or audio, and web link to their personal website. The young pianist’s performances and professional photos will also be added to all of the Festival social media pages including their YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter feeds.
If this Summer Academy appeals, you can apply to participate online here. You must be over the age of 18 (there is no upper age limit), and the closing date is Friday April 17th.
The Festival is also open to the public, and you can enjoy the official trailer below. Find out much more here: www.pianofestival.ie
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.