Dublin International Piano Festival

Dublin International Piano Festival

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 10.00am

Piano Academy of Ireland in association with​​Pianos Plus Presents


‘Fostering Excellence in Piano’

Saturday 25 July - Sunday 2 August 2015 


Featuring performances, master classes & seminars from world renowned musicians



National Concert Hall
John Field

Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2, www.nch.ie

Dublin City Gallery - The Hugh Lane
Charlemont House
Parnell Square North
Dublin 1, www.hughlane.ie

Piano Academy of Ireland
18 Terenure Road East
Dublin 6, www.pianoacademy.ie

Christ Church
Dublin 6, www.christchurchrathgar.org

 “Ireland’s economic fragility has been well documented, but the new Dublin International Piano Festival and summer academy offers a glimpse into what boom-time development might look like.” - Michael Dervan, International Piano Magazine. 

“It is a pleasure to be associated with the Dublin International Piano Festival and Summer Academy. The festival is a much welcomed addition to the cultural landscape of Dublin City, and will further enhance the reputation of our capital city as a hub of piano and classical music excellence.” - John O’Conor, Concert Pianist and Festival Patron 


After two hugely successful Festivals, we are happy to announce that the capital city is now officially home to a festival that matches its status of musical excellence. Now in its third year, the Dublin International Piano Festival (DIPF) is set to be even more ambitious than before.

 In conjunction with the phenomenally talented ‘core’ faculty, the DIPF each year invites unique & special guest artists: this year’s surprise isHJ Lim, a pianist of extraordinary imagination and vision; an artist who has won praise for “refreshing and rediscovering the pinnacles of the piano repertoire’, but above all as an artist who balances all of these talents with an undeniable flair and virtuosity. With special guest appearance by the Venerable Seongdam Sunim, who will perform the unique ancient Korean singing technique of Jitsori, the DIPF is excited to present this rare collaboration of master pianist with spiritual guru, in what promises to be both musically and spiritually, an uplifting and enlightening experience!

“This is playing that does everything one could want and so much more – it is the musical equivalent of Viagra, restoring passion, lust and hunger for an old lover – something the classical music industry is desperately in need of.” – James Rhodes, The Telegraph.​

 Closer to home but no less an honor, guest artist # 3 this year is world renowned Irish composer, producer and arranger Bill Whelan, who will engage audiences with his seminar “Composition, Improvisation – Who has the rights and does it matter?” We are only too familiar with Bill’s work in theatre, film and television and most famously his grammy winning album of music for the Riverdance show. The seminar will include a Q&A period and would not be complete without featuring a performance of one of his piano works!

 The DIPF is the pride and joy of the husband and wife founders Archie Chen & Rhona Gouldson . The husband and wife team met in Dublin in 2004 while teaching together, and since then they have gone on to create their lives coupled with Classical Piano.​

International Piano Magazine hails, “This piano festival with such a varied and intensive programme, will benefit and thrill piano students and audiences alike. Dublin has a rich cultural heritage and festival goers are certain to have an exciting week of shared learning and pianistic exploration.”

With the commitment & energy from the DIPF team, this year’s third Festival is guaranteed to be an amazing time, filled with great music and exciting opportunities.



#1 SATURDAY 25th July, The Hugh Lane Gallery

ENTRY (€10 Suggested Donation )


Schubert – Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli, d 718

Beethoven – Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op 120

#2 SUNDAY 26th July, The Hugh Lane Gallery

ENTRY€10Suggested( Donation)

12:00 noon ARCHIE CHEN, Piano

Field – Fantasia in A minor ‘In the Garden’ Mozart – Sonata in C major K330

Chopin –Fantasie in F minor Op 49 Chopin – Waltz in A flat major Op 42

Chopin – Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op 48 no 2 Chopin – Scherzo no 3 in C sharp minor Op 39 

#3 MONDAY 27th July, National Concert Hall

TICKETS €20/25

8:00pm HJ LIM, Piano

in collaboration with special guest the VENERABLE SEONGDAM SUNIM, performing the ancient Korean singing technique Jitsori

Prokofiev – Sonata no 6 in A major Op 82 Schubert – Sonata in A minor Op 164 no 1 D 537 Scriabin – Sonata no 10 Op 70

Rabinovich – Barakovsky  - Manas no 2 (2009)

#4 TUESDAY 28th July, The Hugh Lane Gallery

 ENTRY€10Suggested( Donation)


Mendelssohn - Variations Sereuses, Op 54

Liszt – Trancendental Etude no 9 in A flat major ‘Ricordanza’ Liszt – Mephisto Waltz no 1

Chopin – Piano Sonata no 2 in B flat minor, Op 35

#5 WEDNESDAY 29th July, Our Lady’s Hospice Harold’s Cross

 3:00pm Summer Academy Student Recital – Entry FREE

#6 FRIDAY 31st July, The Hugh Lane Gallery

ENTRY€10Suggested( Donation) 1:00pm LANCE COBURN, Piano

Prokofiev – Sonata no 8 in B flat major Op 84 Liszt – Sonata in B minor s.178

#7 SATURDAY 1st August, The Hugh Lane Gallery

ENTRY€10 ( Suggested Donation, Children FREE) 1:00pm PIANOMANIA! Family Fun Concert, Piano Featuring Students and Faculty in ensemble up to 8 hands! Programme TBA

#8 SUNDAY 2nd August, The Hugh Lane Gallery

 ENTRY€10Suggested( Donation)

12:00 noon Summer Academy FINAL Student Gala Concert, Piano Programme TBA


DIPF prides itself in providing a platform for emerging pianists & have selected them from all around the world to join their Summer Academy. The public master classes will unveil some of the process of music making at the highest level, while the Seminars will provide inspiration & will be of great relevance & interest to piano lovers in general.



Tickets€5morning sessions , at door €10 afternoon/evening sessions , at door

SATURDAY 25th July, Christ Church Rathgar

10:00am Master classes with LANCE COBURN, Tickets €5  at door

7:00pm Seminar ‘The Psychology Behind Developing Musical Excellence’ with Dr. JAIME DIAZOCEJO, Tickets €10 at door

SUNDAY 26th July, Piano Academy of Ireland

4:00pm Master classes with EDMUND BATTERSBY, Tickets €10 at door 7:00pm Seminar ‘Performance Profiling’ with Dr. JAIME DIAZOCEJO Tickets €10 at door

MONDAY 27th July, Christ Church Rathgar

10:00am Master classes with ARCHIE CHEN, Tickets €5 at door 4:00pm Master classes with EDMUND BATTERSBY Tickets €10 at door

TUESDAY 28th July, Christ Church Rathgar

10:00am Master classes with HJ LIM, Tickets €5 at door 4:00pm Master classes€10atdoorwith HJ LIM, Tickets

7:30pm Seminar ‘The Pianist and the Sage’ with HJ LIM & THE VENERABLE SEONGDAM SUNIM, Tickets€10at door

WEDNESDAY 29th July, Christ Church Rathgar

10:00am Master classes with LANCE COBURN at Christ Church Rathgar, Tickets €5  at door

1:05pm Seminar ‘Composition, Improvisation - Who has the Rights?’ with renowned composer, producer BILL WHELAN, concluding with performance of ‘The Currach’ by pianist Lance Coburn, the National Concert Hall, Tickets €15/12

7:00pm Seminar ‘A Flawless Piano Technique’ with EVELYNE BRANCART, Tickets €10  at door

FRIDAY 31st July, Christ Church Rathgar

10:00am Master classes with EVELYNE BRANCART, Tickets €5 at door 4:00pm Master classes with ARCHIE CHEN, Tickets €10 at door 7:00pm Master classes with EDMUND BATTERSBY, Tickets €10 at door

SATURDAY 1st August, Christ Church Rathgar

 4:00pm Master classes with EVELYNE BRANCART, Tickets €10 at door 7:00pm Seminar ‘Pimp my Piano’ with MARTIN WALSH, Tickets €10 at door



For National Concert Hall events www.nch.ie

Seats for Hugh Lane Gallery / Piano Academy of Ireland / Christ Church Rathgar events will be ALLOCATED FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS

 50 VIP seats available for Hugh Lane Gallery Concert Series @€10 only on Eventbrite.ie For more information please visit our website at www.pianofestival.ie

 For further Images, press information and review tickets please call 01 497 2333/ 087 670 2535 or visit the photo download page on our website. Dublin International Piano Festival is in association with PIANOS PLUS the Festival’s exclusive Piano supply partner.

Website: www.pianofestival.ie

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Published on 20 July 2015

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