Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy | Application Guidelines |


Application Guidelines A - Z

• Age: Applications are accepted from advanced pianists of all nationalities over the age of 18. There is no upper age limit. Special arrangements may be made for talented students under the age of 18, however they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

• Accommodation: All participants will stay in an Irish Victorian Guesthouse. Standard accommodation sharing an ensuite twin/tri room. Sin
gle rooms with ensuite are available at an extra fee. Check in is on Friday July 21st and check out on Monday morning 31st July. You must arrange your own accommodation outside of these dates. Arrangements may be made with us to extend your stay at the guesthouse at a reduced rate. Please contact our office for further details.

• Arrival Date: All participants are expected to arrive on July 21st and will meet all the staff and fellow students at an evening reception.

• Certificates: Certificates will be issued at the end of the Festival.

• Concerts: Participants will have at least two performance opportunities and will perform in the final concert at the National Concert Hall.

• Deadlines:
Applications should be submitted no later than Friday 26th May 2017. No refunds will be issued after June 5th, 2017 except for a documented medical emergency, in which case tuition will be refunded on a pro-rated basis.

• Excursions: The tuition also includes two excursions. A tour of Dublin City and a trip to Powerscourt Gardens in idyllic Wicklow south of Dublin. You will have free time to explore the city on your own.

• Fees: €1695 sharing room ensuite. Limited number of single rooms are available at an additional fee. Fee for Irish Residents without accommodation €1295. All prices are in EURO. Limited scholarships available! Airfare is not included. Price includes lunch, FREE entrance to all concerts, seminars and guest speaker events, Alexander Technique classes, four one hour piano lessons, two masterclasses and excursion activities plus the opening and closing receptions.

• Masterclasses: All participants will perform twice in public masterclasses.

• Meals: Lunch will be provided to all participants. Please state any special dietary requirements on the application form.

• Practice: Participants may practice 2 to 3 hours per day on assigned pianos.

• Recording: Applicants are asked to submit two recent recordings by email. Files (mp3s) or link (YouTube, Sendspace, etc) should be sent to
admin@pianofestival.ie. CDs or DVDs may also be submitted by post, however the recordings will not be returned.

• Scholarships: Scholarships for the Summer Academy are awarded to students who show an exceptional level of artistry and technical ability. Students are therefore selected based on need and on their audition recording. Only completed applications will be considered for scholarship.

• Selection: Participants will be chosen on the basis of pianism and artistic merit.
18 pianists will be invited to participate in the course.

• Tickets: All participants will receive a festival pass, which allows free access to all concerts, masterclasses, lecture and events.

• Travel: Participants will be responsible for booking their own flight to and from Dublin Airport. We recommend trying the following websites to find the best deals on plane tickets: googleflights.com, www.aerlingus.com, www.kayak.com, and www.ryanair.com.
All the participants in front of Rathfarnam Castle
On the Saturday evening, on the third day of the festival, a group of the students went into town and we walked around the city from Temple Bar to the Samuel Beckett bridge, and that was the first time I really got to know some of the other participants.
Opening reception at Bijou Restaurant in Rathgar
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Between masterclasses, the hospice recital, and the ending recital in the national concert hall, I was always on my feet getting ready to perform! I loved all the opportunities we received to perform and really appreciated the performance focus of the festival.
Concert series at the National Concert Hall
Spending time after the concerts at the bar across the road from the concert hall! Those times were always tons of fun. Also, the wine icebreaker the first night was BRILLIANT--I felt like I was great friends with everyone from the very beginning!
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I loved going to the coast! What a breathtaking sight. I really enjoyed the trip!
Deiran Manning performs at the National Concert Hall
The best food daily served here
Definitely one of the highlights! Food was amazing every time! It was especially lovely to have home-made food, and to be welcomed into Archie and Rhona's home at lunch and dinner. It was nice to have everybody eating at the same times, making it a very social event.

How to apply

1. Apply Online
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3. Submit two recent recordings by email. Files (mp3s) or link (YouTube, Sendspace, etc) should be sent to admin@pianofestival.ie. (CDs or DVDs may also be submitted by post. Recordings will not be returned.)
Full & Partial Scholarships Available
2. Pay your non-refundable application fee of €60. Payment to be issued in EURO by cashiers check, bank transfer or PayPal.

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