5th Annual Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy 2017 to hit the right note with a musical extravaganza of world piano talent



Welcome to Dublin’s 5th International Piano Festival & Summer Academy!

The leading programme of its kind in Ireland, DIPF attracts students and audiences from all over the world.
Backed by organisations including Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council, and the Arts Council, DIPF will be staged across Ireland’s capital from Saturday 22nd July to Sunday 30th July 2017. Now in its 5th year, the 9-day festival makes a much-anticipated return with a new season of exciting performances, lessons, masterclasses, and seminars featuring a stunning all-star line-up of celebrated multi- award-winning pianists.
These include virtuoso Russian Pianist, Boris Berezovsky, Gold Medalist at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, renowned American Pianist and pedagogue, Frederic Chiu, Professor Evelyne Brancart from the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University in Bloomington, Dr. Gabriele Baldocci from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance who won the Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition, Sony recording artist Francesco Tristano, Dr. Orla McDonagh, Head of Conservatory, Dublin Institute of Technology DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama and Artistic Director of the festival Dr. Archie Chen.
With the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, as Patron, the 5th annual showcase of the world’s finest pianists will be staged at various venues across Dublin city including The National Concert Hall, Dublin Institute of Technology DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.
"Sharing a platform with an organisation such as DIPF, that has great vision and determination, is a real pleasure," expressed,
Barry Douglas OBE, internationally renowned Classical Pianist.
"It'll be a great honour to welcome so many talented students and faculty again from around the world in perfect harmony with the ethos of the festival, particularly from the United States who will join our Irish audiences this summer," asserted, Dr. Archie Chen, Artistic Director, Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy (DIPF) 2017. "As a musical and tourism draw to Dublin city, we're delighted to have attracted fantastic support for this year's annual festival from the Arts Council, Fáilte Ireland, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dublin City Council, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Music:LX, Pianos Plus and the Piano Academy of Ireland. We are deeply grateful for everyone's support as we continue to further develop the pace of DIPF in tune with our performers and audiences alike.”

About Us

Festival Director Couple
Founded in 2012 by pianists Archie Chen and Rhona Gouldson, the Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy was created to meet the need for a high-quality holistic program of piano in Dublin. Rhona’s work as Founder and Director of the Piano Academy or Ireland and the National Piano Festival combined with Archie’s vast international experience over years of teaching and performing (in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, the National Concert Hall and the Vatican) makes them the perfect duo to spearhead the effort of opening up spaces for international pianists to perform and study in Dublin.
DIPF’s mission is to assist the next generation of pianists through a program of piano tailored to foster excellence and to promote and present the international piano masters to audiences in Dublin, promoting Dublin as a central hub for mastery in piano.
Archie Chen - Artistic Director

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