National Piano Festival Returns for 10th Edition Next Week

The Piano Academy of Ireland will bring together some of the country’s best musical talent as it opens its doors to the public for the 10th National Piano Festival.

Taking place from March 12 – 15 in Rathgar’s Methodist Church in South Dublin, budding pianists from 4 to 64 years of age will travel from 8 counties. They all will have one thing in common, a love for the piano and a mission to challenge and better themselves while gaining valuable feedback from an expert in the field. This year’s adjudicator pianist, the American Dr Yonit Komosovke, is on faculty at Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Run by husband and wife team Rhona Gouldson (Dublin) and Dr. Archie Chen (USA), the Piano Academy of Ireland, now in it’s 14th year, has previously hosted five International Piano Festivals. Speaking about this year’s event, Gouldson said in a statement: “We are very excited to welcome the old and the new. We acknowledge the challenges for many firstly to prepare, then to deliver. Our aim is to provide a nurturing space, while celebrating all performances and this magnificent instrument.”

With 15 back to back sessions, interwoven with adjudications and presentations, the highlight of the festival is the Final Concert and Awards Ceremony, rounding off the event on Sunday 15.

For audiences, entry costs €5 at the door. Under 12s go free.

The National Piano Festival’s full schedule is available at www.pianoacademy.ie.

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