It is a great pleasure to welcome our superb instructors, Edmund Battersby
and Evelyne Brancart
from Indiana University Bloomington, and Lance Coburn
from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and Artistic Director Archie Chen
, all highly regarded pianists whose credentials include prestigious university positions, prizes in international competitions, and acclaimed recordings.
We are delighted our Festival is part of 2016’s summer celebration of Irish culture, sport and history taking place around the island of Ireland. Many events are centred in Dublin where you can attend the Festival concerts while also exploring the rich heritage and exciting nightlife of the city.
Not least, we welcome the participants
, as they devote themselves to learning all they can from these master pianists in both the private and group master class setting and by observing other performances. In addition, Alexander Technique classes will teach students bodily awareness, how to move more naturally while avoiding pain and injury. And a seminar by top performance psychologist Jaime Ocejo-Diaz
will help students deal better with issues related to performing for audiences. We also can’t wait to introduce you to a little of Irish culture, to sample some Guinness together and show you some the most beautiful sites beyond Dublin city, while resting those hands! And after all the hard work is done, we invite you to perform for real audiences in a variety of settings, including an outreach concert for the residents at Harold's Cross Hospice and a final gala concert at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.
With so many delights in store, whether you are a music lover who loves nothing better than immersing oneself in great piano playing, or an experienced pianist looking to hone your talents, we are very much looking forward to welcoming you!