Article recently published in The Musical Times by Dr Kevin O’Connell
Check 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
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Academy Chamber Ensemble on Concert Tour in China!
The 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
Thursday, 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
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Tuned In – A Workshop for Singing Teachers
This 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.
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Winner of Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Awards Announced
Final 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.Posted in News | Leave a comment
BEETHOVEN BOOTCAMP with acclaimed pianist JOHN O’CONOR
The RIAM is delighted to present the Beethoven Bootcamp Summer Course with acclaimed pianist JOHN O’CONOR
BOOTCAMP AT A GLANCE
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 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.
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.”Posted in News | Leave a comment
Part-time Performing Groups Handbook now online
We are delighted to share our 2016/17 Part-time Performing Groups Handbook which contains information relevant to our part-time performing groups, such as schedules and information on policies and procedures.
RIAM Performing Groups Handbook 2016-2017Posted in News | Leave a comment
Daniel Rowland is announced as RIAM’s newest International Visiting Artist
We are delighted to welcome violinist Daniel Rowland to our roster of International Visiting Artists in 2016/7. Leader of the Brodsky Quartet, Daniel joins an illustrious group that includes pianist John O’Conor, guitarist Xufei Yang, singer Ann Murray DBE, clarinettist and composer Joerg Widmann and flautist Sir James Galway.Posted in News | Leave a comment
RIAM pianist wins Catherine Judge Award
Congratulations to Eoin Fleming, a piano student of Réamonn Keary, who has won the Catherine Judge Award of £5,000 presented by Bank of Ireland.
Eoin will use the award for further study in music.Posted in News | Leave a comment
Financial Assistance for Part-Time Tuition
Financial assistance is available for Part-Time Tuition in the academic year 2016/2017.
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 June 1st 2016.
For further particulars please contact the General Office.Posted in News | Leave a comment
The Central Statistics Office has developed a dedicated Census Website for 2016 which will provide information and assistance for the public in relation to the Census, including a Helpdesk Facility.
Visit the Census 2016 WebsitePosted in News | Leave a comment
RIAM Three-Day Brass Residency
Come and Play the Bayern Munich way music from Richard Strauss to Miles Davis – all amateur and professionals of any age on brass instruments welcome.
An informal public session/concert following on from this afternoon with a jazz focus.
The Story of Brass with live musical illustration
With Tony George and John Wallace accompanied by Richard Michael
Participants and Observers are welcome. Entrance fees may be paid at the door.
Individual lesson €50.00
Individual Participation in Masterclass €20.00.
Please Contact the organizer for larger Ensembles
Observers for public sessions/classes €5.00
Reduced observers entrance fee to all six public sessions €20
Places for participation in masterclasses-private lessons and ensemble classes must be booked in advance.
For further information contact James Cavanagh or call +353-1-876260519
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Regional Wind Festival – RIAM & Music Generation Offaly Westmeath
The Regional Wind Festival will take place in Athlone Institute of Technology on Sunday 6th March 2016.
This event is open to brass, wind and percussion based ensembles with more than five performers. RIAM Wind Festival Programme
Participants will have the opportunity to avail of a range of workshops and masterclasses on the day:
Groups or ensembles interested in taking part should forward their enquiry to RIAM Wind Festival or telephone Brendan Breslin at 086-0519970Posted in News | Leave a comment
GENERATION NOW/GENERATION NEXT
RIAM’s Chamber Music Festival 20th/21st February
The Royal Irish Academy of Music celebrates the successes and highlights the talents of some of its outstanding students, distinguished teaching staff and award-winning alumni in a series presented in association with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland this weekend. Featuring former RIAM students and current staff, many of whom now grace the stages of the world’s finest and most prestigious concert halls and opera houses, the Series also showcases the next generation of musical masters! Full details of the concerts are available at TicketSolvePosted in News | Leave a comment
Launch of new Academy Teaching Diploma – DipRIAM
The DipRIAM is a new entry-level teaching diploma that sits between the Local Centre Grade Examinations and the ARIAM and LRIAM Diplomas.
The DipRIAM focuses primarily on the process of teaching and learning and less on the ability to perform. By using video and case studies as the basis for assessment, the DipRIAM represents an exciting and modern approach to achieving a teaching qualification.
We are really excited about this new approach to building a qualification and believe that it will be a rewarding, enlightening and stimulating journey for the pupils, candidates and examiners.
For further details please download the DipRIAM brochure or contact the Local Centre Team.Posted in News | Leave a comment
RIAM student highest placed competitor in VDISC
RIAM graduate Patrick Hyland received the Dermot Troy Award for the highest placed Irish singer in the 8th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition.
The winner of the Competition was Fatma Saïd from Egypt.Posted in News | Leave a comment ← Older posts