The William Finlay Programme


Ireland’s outstanding young pianists are a source of great excitement and potential, displaying the talent, motivation and ability to enter a high level career in music. However, standards rise quickly and the DIPC aims to offer our most gifted pianists and their teachers a supportive programme that maximises their abilities and their potential.

A gifted young pianist’s programme will offer systematic support to a small number of our most outstanding 13-17 year old students in a series of intensive workshops and masterclasses. Students will be chosen by audition. It will begin in January 2020. Auditions will take place on 28th  December, 2019.

This programme will include the following elements:

  • Performance opportunities in venues around the country to gain experience.
  • Weekend workshops to include piano masterclasses, chamber music coaching and genre-specific events. Classes will be given in topics such as a pianist’s life; Physical aspects of a pianist’s work; Communication; Interpersonal skills; Preparation off C.V.s; Programme note writing.
  • Mentoring: Providing personal coaching from a supportive professional who provides specialist knowledge and expertise.
  • Cross-cultural education: A programme of activities in which our young pianists are educated in the major developments in the wider arts and are encouraged to explore their significance in relation to music.

Programme will also include:

  • Invitations to all events organised by the Dublin International Piano Competition and other musical events

An administrative fee of €75 will be charged for each applicant.

Auditions will take place on Saturday, December 28th 2019, in the Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.

The judging panel is:

Finghin Collins- Chair, Séamus Crimmins and Veronica McSwiney.

The closing date for applications is Friday, November 22nd 2019.

William Finlay Entry form


To develop young pianists to the standard required for the Dublin International Piano Competition and, indeed, other international competitions, requires the right teaching. They must cover every aspect from elementary stages, when potential talent can be first be spotted and nurtured, through to rigorous and inspired training at the highest level.


William Finlay, 1st Chairman of the Board

William Finlay, 1st Chairman of the Board

The William Finlay Programme for Gifted Young Artists

This programme, which commenced in 2010, targets young pianists between the ages of 13 and 17 every three years. The pianists are given intensive coaching in a variety of areas related to the piano, including education in the wider arts, performance psychology, mentoring, marketing and presentation skills.





William Finlay Students of 2013-2015


William Finlay Students of 2013/2014 in the Royal Irish Academy of Music

William Finlay Students of 2013-2015 in the Royal Irish Academy of Music

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