Irish Preliminary Competition

Date(s): December 20, 2017

Location: National Concert Hall, Dublin


The Irish Preliminary Competition will take place in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall on the 20th December, 2017.

Five pianists will be selected from the Irish Preliminary Competition to take part in the Dublin International Piano Competition in May 2018. The competition is open to Irish pianists born before 15th May 2000 and after 15th May 1988.

The five winners of the competition will participate in “The Maurice Foley Irish Competitors Training Programme”.  Competing in an event such as the Dublin International Piano Competition requires not just piano-related skills. Therefore, the programme will consist of workshops and mentoring sessions from an experienced pianist and a music promoter to help them develop the mental strength and interactive skills on and off stage in order to help the competitors reach and sustain peak performance.

The Charles J. Brennan Prize of €1,500, presented in memory by his family, will be awarded to the highest placed Irish participant.  This prize also awards recitals both in Ireland and abroad.  Previous winners of the Brennan Prize are not eligible to win these prizes again.  Other prizes awarded to the winner of the Brennan Prize are the McCullough Bursary, in memory of the late Denis McCullough, founder of McCullough’s Music Shop, and his wife Agnes, and presented by his grandson Denis McCullough to sponsor the production of a CD recording, the National Concert Hall Prize of a Rising Star Recital and a concerto with either of the RTÉ Orchestras.

Competitors must perform a 30-minute programme selected from the pieces to be presented in the Dublin International Piano Competition.  Programmes chosen should demonstrate an understanding of programme building, an ability to play in a variety of musical styles and most importantly a depth of musicianship rather than mere technical brilliance.

Click here for the Irish_Prelim_Comp17 form and all other competition details.