The Dublin International Piano Competition has received valuable cooperation over the years from various organisations that have become its strategic partners.

Uachtaráin na hÉireann

The Competition has been privileged that Presidents Patrick J. Hillery, Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese have all honoured the Competition with their Patronage. During their Presidential term each of them attended the Finals and presented the Prizes.

The Competition is currently under the Patronage of Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, who also presented the prizes at the 2015 Competition.


Since the very beginning, when the then Director General Vincent Finn responded so generously and enthusiastically to John O’Conor’s request for support, RTÉ and its successive Directors General, Joe Barry, Bob Collins, Cathal Goan and Noel Curran have continued to give backbone to all the Competition’s activities. Finals and Semi-Finals have been televised, four documentaries have been created and RTÉ lyric fm sponsors and records the commissioned Irish pieces as well as recording the Finals and Semi-Finals for radio, and the majority of the Competition’s concerts in intervening years.

Steinway & Sons

After many years of association with Steinway & Sons, in 2012 the Competition was fortunate to become an all Steinway competition. We are grateful to them and their agents in Ireland, Pianos Plus, for providing their legendary instruments for performance and practice as well as an expert band of technicians to keep the instruments at the top of their form.

Music Schools

The music schools such as the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and the CIT Cork School of Music provide support and encouragement to their young pianists who aspire to take part in the Competition.

Department of Foreign Affairs

The Department of Foreign Affairs has assisted with the Competition’s work in many cities all over the world, opening doors and making introductions, thereby creating an awareness and anticipation for the Dublin International Piano Competition winner every three years.

Press and Media

Since its beginning, the Competition has always had great co-operation and help from the media. National and local press have given wide coverage of all.

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Dublin International Piano Competition is an approved body under the terms of Section 848A of the 1997 Taxes Consolidation Act, whereby donations in between €250 and €1,000,000 per annum are eligible for tax relief. Such relief accruing to the Competition.