The National Concert Hall and the Royal Dublin Society, both landmark cultural buildings, are the setting for the two-week long Competition every three years.
The National Concert Hall, Ireland’s premier classical music venue and home to the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, has been the backdrop to the Competition for 25 years where the exciting Finals have been televised and broadcast live by RTÉ, Ireland’s public service broadcaster.
The Royal Dublin Society, where preliminary rounds take place, was founded in 1731 and has a long tradition in presenting classical music recitals dating back to 1886. Its Concert Hall was opened in Ballsbridge in 1925 and was the city’s premier music venue until the opening of the Concert Hall in 1981. Many of the world’s greatest pianists have graced its platform including Alfred Cortot, Edwin Fischer, Arthur Rubinstein, Wilhelm Kempff, Julius Katchen, Sviatoslav Richter and Alfred Brendel. Recently, the Hall has been extensively renovated with a remarkable new acoustic ambience and elegant seating.
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