William Finlay, 1st Chairman of the Board

The William Finlay Programme for Gifted Young Pianists

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 2017.  Auditions will take place on 12th December, 2016.

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 of 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:

  • Invitation to attend the Rising Star debut recital by Sean Morgan Rooney in the National Concert Hall.  Sean won the Brennan Prize, the McCullough Bursary and the Sean O’Connor Bursary for the highest placed Irish competitor in the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition.
  • Invitations to all events organised by the Dublin International Piano Competition and other musical events.
  • Attendance at orchestral and chamber music rehearsals.

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

Auditions will take place on Monday December 12th 2016. The judging panel will include John O’Conor – Chair, Finghin Collins and Séamus Crimmins.

The closing date for applications is Friday November 18th 2016.

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