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Article recently published in The Musical Times by Dr Kevin O’Connell

Dr Kevin O'ConnellCheck out the latest edition of The Musical Times in the library. The Spring 2014 issue contains an article by RIAM composition teacher, Dr. Kevin O’Connell.

The article focuses on Alban Berg’s Orchestral pieces Op. 6, and challenges the assumption that they remain intractably complex, even 100 years after their composition. Noting the presence of clearly demarcated main and subsidiary themes throughout he writes: “This Ariadne’s thread … makes listening to op. 6 surprisingly straightforward, at any rate melodically. In plain language, there is always a tune to hang on.”

Kevin O’Connell, ‘Why is Berg’s op. 6 still so difficult to understand’, Musical Times, 155 (1926), 35-54

ms of berg's op. 6

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Academy Chamber Ensemble on Concert Tour in China!

ACE China 2014The Academy Chamber Ensemble (ACE) is about to commence a concert tour of China which is being supported by Culture Ireland.

During the tour ACE will perform  music by JS Bach, Beethoven, Handel/Halvorsen, Wallace, Messager, Messiaen, Poulenc, Piazzolla and Benoit Granier.


Details of Concerts are as follows:

Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 2.30 pm
YK Pao School

Presented in association with YK Pao School


Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 6.30 pm
Fudan University, 220 Handan Road, Yangpu, Shanghai

Presented in association with the Irish Consulate, Shanghai


ACE Tsinghua Poster 2014Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 7.00 pm
Meng Minwei Concert Hall, Tsinghua University, Haidan District, Beijing

Presented in association with the Irish Embassy, Beijing and Tsinghua University





Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 8.00 pm
Room 701 Central Conservatory of Music, 43 Baojia Road, Xicheng District, Beijing

Presented in association with Central Conservatory of Music


Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at 6.00 pm
Intercontinental Hotel, Chongqing, 101 Minzu Road, Chongqing 400010

Presented in association with the Intercontinental Hotel, Chongqing


All concerts supported by Culure IrelandCulture Ireland logo

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Tuned In – A Workshop for Singing Teachers

Sylvia O'ReganThis exciting course will be conducted by Sylvia O’Regan, Head of Vocal Studies.  Teachers will find this workshop a positive and inspiring step on their path of continuing professional development!

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 11th April, 2014.

Workshop Details


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Winner of Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Awards Announced

Eliza PuchianuFinal year Bachelor student, Eliza Puchianu, is this year’s recipient of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Awards.

Three students representing the cream of Piano talent from the Republic of Ireland’s conservatoires were selected to perform at the finals of the 2014 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Awards on Tuesday 11th February at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

All finalists performed on Yamaha’s acclaimed CFX concert grand piano, which is an increasingly regular feature on concert platforms the world over, and had their performances, each of thirty minutes duration, judged by a panel of world-class artists and tutors.

Eliza received €2000 to assist the furthering of her studies and musical ambitions.

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BEETHOVEN BOOTCAMP with acclaimed pianist JOHN O’CONOR

Beethoven Bootcamp June 2014The RIAM is delighted to present the Beethoven Bootcamp Summer Course with acclaimed pianist JOHN O’CONOR


Venue: Royal Irish Academy of Music, Westland Row, Dublin 2, Ireland

Dates: June 16th to 27th 2014

Tuition Fee: €1,000 for the two week course

Accommodation: If required, private guest accommodation will be sourced by the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Practice Facilities: Excellent, extensive practice facilities at the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Application Form and further details of Beethoven Boot Camp available from Beethoven Boot Camp


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Riverdance and Trinity College Dublin to offer unique International Summer School to Celebrate 20 Years of Groundbreaking Show


The Riverdance – Trinity International Summer School
to mark 20 Years of the Show

Marking its 20th anniversary, the internationally acclaimed Irish performance, Riverdance, has joined forces with Ireland’s leading university, Trinity College Dublin to announce ‘The Riverdance-Trinity International Summer School’.

Participants will travel to Trinity from all over the world to learn from special guest tutors on aspects of the performance, choreography and the Irish cultural context. They will also examine the development of the music from its ethnic roots through to its Grammy Award-winning success. The international summer school will be hosted by Trinity’s School of Drama, Film and Music, The Lir − Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

“This is an innovative coming together of culture and higher education, where international participants will gain insight into the award winning performance that has contributed to the re-shaping of Irish cultural heritage. Trinity is delighted to host the international summer school, where our global participants will be provided with a deep understanding of one of Ireland’s great success stories and cultural milestones,” said Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity.

The summer school’s seminars and workshops will provide the theatrical, historical, social and cultural contexts of Riverdance, its emergence from the Eurovision Song Contest where it was first performed in 1994 to its global success. It will also provide an overview of the use of popular culture in the construction of a national success narrative for Ireland. Seminars will include guest speakers such as the show’s producer, Moya Doherty and director, John McColgan, costume and set designers Joan Bergin and Robert Ballagh, and Professor of Drama and Theatre at Trinity, Brian Singleton.

The Royal Irish Academy of Music will host the musical component of the summer school, including a master class with Riverdance score composer, Bill Whelan, as well as practical workshops with the show’s percussionists who will explore the relationship between the rhythm of music and the rhythm of dance.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with Trinity, Ireland’s auspicious seat of learning and the leading cultural institutions, The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, in this summer school. Twenty years on, the journey that is Riverdance continues, and with the aid of our prestigious collaborators we hope to share some of the knowledge that we have gathered along the way with our international participants,” said Moya Doherty, Riverdance producer.

The Riverdance – Trinity International Summer School will take place in August 11th-22nd, 2014 and prospective participants are currently being invited to apply. There are 45 places available. Application details are available on The Lir website.



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Royal Irish Academy of Music Student Wins Major International Piano Competition

Soo JungSoo Jung Ann, a piano student of the Royal Irish Academy of Music has brought honour to Ireland on December 14th following her win at the prestigious International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn. The Korean pianist, a student of John O’Conor and Therese Fahy at the Royal Irish Academy of Music since 2007, performed Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto before a distinguished audience at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, the city of Beethoven’s birth. Soo Jung Ann was one of three finalists vying for the coveted First Prize title, a prize of €30,000 and significant performance engagements worldwide.

The bi-annual International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn was founded in 2005. Almost 100 pianists applied to take part in the 2013 Competition with 28 young virtuosi from 12 countries around the world selected to participate. Soo Jung Ann and fellow finalists, Stefan Cassomenos (Australia) and Shinnosuke Inugai (Japan), performed this evening with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn under the baton of the Estonian conductor Olari Elts in the Beethovenhalle.

Speaking from Bonn, John O’Conor said “This win is a tremendous achievement for Soo Jung Ann and highlights the teaching standards at the RIAM which is increasing its prestige worldwide every year.” Soo-Jung Ann has previously won prizes at the Dublin International Piano Competition and also at competitions in Japan and Hong Kong and in 2012 won First Prize at the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona. John O’Conor also stated: “The list of engagements to include concerts in Germany, Russia, Italy, Holland, France, Portugal, Austria and Switzerland, and the attention which this success brings will set her on the road to a wonderful career”.


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The Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College Dublin Join Forces in an Exciting New Partnership in Performing Arts Education in Ireland

RIAM to become Associated College of Trinity with the aim of developing an International Centre of Excellence in the Performing Arts

The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) have entered a new partnership, fostering academic links for the benefit of performing arts education and creative arts practice in Ireland.  Building on its existing relationship with TCD, the RIAM will become an Associated College of Trinity College, with its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes validated by Trinity College.   The Provost of Trinity, Dr Prendergast and the RIAM Director Deborah Kelleher signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week.

Trinity College has a long track record in performing arts education and research at the School of Drama, Film and Music. Recent developments include the Creative Arts, Technologies and Cultures initiative, and the foundation of the Lir, the National Academy of Dramatic Art and the Music Composition Centre.

The Royal Irish Academy of Music’s history of success in music performance education spans over 160 years.  Today, by providing instrumental and vocal tuition of the highest international standard, the RIAM holds a central place in the promotion of Ireland’s cultural and educational agenda.

TCD RIAM Memorandum of Understanding

Brian Aylward, RIAM, Deborah Kelleher, RIAM, TCD Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast and Prof Michael Marsh, TCD.

Commenting on its significance, Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast said: “Building on each institution’s expertise, together we aim to develop an internationally renowned centre of excellence in the performing arts.  Linking research to practice and focusing on the interface between innovation and tradition are key values that Trinity and the RIAM share.  This collaboration will specifically concentrate on the future education and training of performing arts students, the performance of new music compositions as well as the enhancement of teacher music education.“

RIAM Director, Deborah Kelleher welcomed the new partnership stating: “By maximising collaborative creativity and resources, as well as the education and artistic strengths of both institutions, we are confident that we can develop a dynamic and thriving partnership which will foster and nurture outstanding twenty-first century musicians.”

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Pianist Thérèse Fahy receives Arts Council Music Project Award

Congratulations to RIAM Keyboard Faculty member, Thérèse Fahy, who has recently received an Arts Council Music Project Award for Ireland’s Tombeau to Debussy.




Tombeau de Claude DebussyIreland’s Tombeau to Debussy Festival
100 years after the death of the great French composer, Claude Debussy, pianist Thérèse Fahy, with the support of an Arts Council Music Project Award, brings an exciting Debussy Festival to Dublin’s National Concert Hall.

With performances of seven newly-commissioned Irish works inspired by Debussy, and of the original 1920 Tombeau de Debussy, interwoven with Debussy’s own masterworks, this concert series promises to be a uniquely Irish tribute to the legacy of the great French composer.


Thérèse Fahy, piano
Concorde ensemble
Benjamin Dwyer, guitar
Kathleen Tynan, soprano

Siobhán Cleary
Raymond Deane
Jane O’Leary
Sebastian Adams
Gráinne Mulvey
Benjamin Dwyer
Roger Doyle

As well as the performances in the NCH, Thérèse will also give a special performance at Debussy’s birthplace in Saint-Germaine-en-Laye, Paris, on the 25th March, the 100th anniversary of Debussy’s death.


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RIAM Student wins RDS Bursary

Sarah BradyCongratulations go to RIAM Masters student, Sarah Brady, winner of the 2017 RDS Music Bursary.

The prize fund is €15,000 and includes performance opportunities with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Irish Heritage, London.

We also congratulate Miriam Kaczor, RIAM flautist, who came second in this Competition.

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All Jazzed Up at the RIAM

John WallaceWith the Wallace Collection on Sunday 12th March

Royal Irish Academy of Music

Improvisation session with RIAM Jazz Band 11:00-13:00

Open sessions with visiting guest Jazz Bands and enthusiasts 13:00-17:00

All inquiries to James Cavanagh

John Wallace CBE

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Financial Assistance for Part-Time Tuition 2017/2018

Financial assistance is available for Part-Time Tuition in the academic year 2017/2018.

We welcome applications for financial assistance from families of current part-time students at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

If you wish to apply for assistance, please download and fill in this Tuition Fee Assistance Application Form and return it to the RIAM on or before May 1st 2017.

For further particulars please contact the General Office.

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Erasmus+ Applicants

The closing date for Erasmus+ applications is May 1st 2017. We look forward to hearing from you.

International Students at the RIAM


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Greek Flute Concert – Ria Georgiadis & Sven Birch

RIA GEORGIADISDanish pianist SVEN BIRCH received his musical education in Aarhus, where he obtained the soloist diploma. Several scholarships enabled him to study in Vienna with Prof Alexander Jenner. Masterclasses with distinguished pianists Tatjana Nicolajewa, Conrad Hansen, John Lill, Leonid Brumberg, Peter Feuchtwanger. Birch is a much asked for musician with a broad repertoire. He is a soloist, chamber music player, accompanist and conductor. Birch is a member of the `George Crumb Trio´ Linz, and the `Ensemble Nord´ Copenhagen. He is a piano professor at the Anton Bruckner University and is head of the keyboard Institute. He has also taught in the Royal Conservatory Copenhagen, and the Mozarteum Salzburg. He is frequently invited to give Masterclasses and has made several CD-, TV-and Radio recordings (BBC, NDR, WDR, DR, NRK, SR, ORF, Magyar Televízió, Radio Island, RKB (Japan), and TV Globo (Brazil). Moreover he is a composer and editor of a series of pedagogical piano music at `Universal Edition Wien´ and `Zimmermann Frankfurt´. He studied conducting with GMD Janos Fürst and has been his assistant at the Aalborg Symfonieorkester (DK).

Greek-Austrian flutist RIA GEORGIADIS is a versatile musician with a broad repertoire, showing particular interest in promoting new compositions. Critics praise her “full, evocatively lucid and flexible sound” and “exemplary technique”. She has a busy concert schedule. Apart from a number of scholarships and prizes, her artistic background also features various recordings for the Greek and Austrian Radio. Born in Thessaloniki, Ria Georgiadis received her musical education in her home town (New Conservatory Thess,), in Linz, Austria – Anton Bruckner University, and Germany, at the University of Music Freiburg, (class Robert Aitken). Furthermore she attended postgraduate studies in “Breathing and Voice Education for Windplayers” with Dr Bernhard Riebl at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Additional studies with Karlheinz Stockhausen – Kathinka Pasveer and Janos Balint (Budapest) have been of formative influence. Master Classes with distinguished flutists  have been a constant source of inspiration. A central pillar of her artistic output is the creative cooperation with young composers. A great number of compositions have been dedicated to and premiered by her. A special field of her interest is the application and crosslinking of knowledge and findings gained in various fields of science in order to permeate and promote musical and music-related educational contents. She is a relaxation pedagogue focusing on relaxation and differentiated tension techniques for musicians. Currently she is working on a research project examining the effects of Mental Training on Muscle Tone Economy in flute playing. Ria Georgiadis is teaching flute at the Department of Music Studies of the Ionian University, Greece.

Concert and Workshop RIAM Organ Room, Friday 10th February from 7.00 pm

Concert Programme
Christos Samaras (1956):
Urbanneludium (2006) for alto flute and piano
Dimitris Economou (1984): CCfuse (2008) for flute solo
Evangelia Kikou (1965): Flowers of the Plains (2015) for flute, alto flute and piano
Evangelia Rigaki:Taste 1,2 and 3 for bass flute WORLD PREMIERE
Ilias Nikolaidis (1972): Your Image dies undefeated – Music for B. fl. (2012)
Christos Samaras, KALIM-ARIA (2003): for alto flute solo
Evangelia Kikou (1965): Images of a Voice (2009), for flute and piano
Dimitra Trypani (*1973): THE SUN IS GOD (2015); a one-act monologue for a multitasking flutist, for flute, alto flute, tam-tam, bass drum
Ria Georgiadis: flute, alto flute, bass flute, tam-tam, bass drum
William Dowdall: flute, bass flute, glissando flute
Sven Birch: Piano


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RIAM’s Seho Lee appointed guest professor in Guizhou Normal University, China

Seho LeeRIAM Accompaniment Fellow, Seho Lee, has recently been appointed guest professor in Guizhou Normal University, China.

The role involves giving masterclasses in piano, piano accompaniment with a particular specialism in vocal and ballet accompaniment.

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RIAM launches Ireland’s first Historical Performance Department

RIAM Westland Row - FrontWe are delighted to announce the launch of Ireland’s first Historical Performance Department, which will specialize in performance and research from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Supported by foundation partners, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, this Department will offer use of period instruments, develop performance projects with international partners, and incorporate dance within its educational process.

This new Department will support the educational needs of both Pre-College and Full-Time Students.

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Robert McAllister wins Irene Sandford Singing Competition

From a field of 37 young singers, Robert McAllister emerged the winner of this prestigious internal competition, which carries a top prize of €2,000.

Robert, a student of Veronica Dunne, is in his first year of the RIAM’s Recital Artist Diploma.

Irene Sandford was Head of Vocal Studies at the RIAM for five years and this award is given Irene Sandfordby her husband, Billy Reid, in her honour.

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RIAM alumnus wins Irish Heritage Bursary

Christopher QuaidRIAM graduate, Christopher Quaid, has won the Irish Heritage Bursary which carries an award of 5,000 pounds sterling and a recital in Leighton House, Kensington.

Christopher was selected through a competition from a group of Irish born music students who are studying in the London Conservatoires at present.

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