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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

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

Riverdance

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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New RIAM Cara Awards Syllabus now available!

RIAM Cara Awards Group Syllabus

 

The Academy is delighted to launch the new RIAM Cara Awards Syllabus 2015-2018.

Please check out repertoire for Viola, Saxophone, Accordion and new Drama section.

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TRiO GERBERA

Svetlana Rudenko together with Anne Phelan and Sokol Koka, TRiO GERBERA, will perform in the National Concert Hall, John Field Room at 1:00 pm. Tickets: €18 (€15)

Trio Gerbera

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Début disc of doctoral student Nadene Fiorentini is released

Nadene Fiorentini“She is already a serious artist…with a maturity that belies her years” (Irish Examiner)

Donegal native Nadene Fiorentini has already performed with the RTÉ Concert and Symphony Orchestras as concerto soloist following her success at the Dublin International Piano Competition in 2012. She was the highest placed Irish competitor that year, claiming the  Brennan Prize, the National Concert Hall prize, the RTÉ Prize, the Seán O’Connor Bursary and the McCullough Bursary.  She has studied with John O’Conor and  Thérese Fahy at the Royal Irish Academy of Music since the age of 17 and has participated in masterclasses in festivals in Colorado and Italy, as well as concert appearances in festivals all over Ireland.

For her début CD, sponsored by Denis McCullough and commissioned by the DIPC, Nadene presents a piano recital of great variety and emotional range, from the classical vitality of Haydn’s Piano Sonata no 47 in B minor to the virtuosity and romantic warmth of Liszt’s Vallée d’Obermann and Brahms’ late piano  pieces op 118.  Eibhlís Farrell’s Gleann na Sídhe – The Fairy Glen – was written as a test piece for the 2012 DIPC . This piece is one of RTÉ lyric fm’s many commissions for the Dublin International Piano Competition which are all published by the Contemporary Music Centre and add enormously to the contemporary Irish solo piano repertoire.  The disc also includes  ‘Le baiser de l’Enfant Jésus” by Messiaen in a live recording from the 2012 competition.

Discs  – priced at €12 euro (including  post and packaging) may be obtained from Dublin International Piano Competition PO Box 71, Dublin Road, Bray,Co.Wicklow or email Dublin International Piano Competition

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Online Course Application

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Masterclasses – Trumpet and Brass

aplog_wissembourg_ops01The internationally renowned  Trumpet and Brass teacher, Anthony Plog, will visit the RIAM  for a power-packed  two days of lessons, masterclasses and teaching seminars on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th January 2014.

Classes will be open to participants and  observers on both days from  2:30 pm until 8:30 pm. All are welcome.

Please direct all enquiries regarding schedule of events etc to Professor James Cavanagh

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Trumpet /Brass Masterclasses with Anthony Plog

Anthony PlogThe internationally renowned  Trumpet and Brass teacher, Anthony Plog, will visit the RIAM  for a power-packed  two days of lessons, masterclasses and teaching seminars on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th January 2014.

Classes will be open to participants and  observers on both days from  2:30 pm until 8:30 pm. All are welcome.

Please direct all enquiries regarding schedule of events etc to Professor James Cavanagh

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Cornell UniversityOrchestral concert with Cornell University Symphony Orchestra and members of the RIAM Symphony Orchestra.

Conductor Chris Kim

Programme to include: Symphony no 5 by Gustav Mahler

St Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Dublin 2 at 6:00 pm

Tickets only available at the door on the evening.
Tickets €10 (concessions €5).

 

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William Shakespeare’s Othello – RSC Workshop

Othello RSC WorkshopA unique, fully interactive workshop for Leaving Certificate Students with Jen Stone, Royal Shakespeare Company Actor, will explore all aspects of the play – themes, characters, plot and language

Workshop will be held in the Academy from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Spaces are limited. Early booking is essential – tickets €60

Please contact Michelle for further particulars or telephone 087-7739552

 

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Pre-Speech Skills Course

Pre-Speech Skills CourseA Confidence Building, Speech Enhancing Fun Programme for Children aged 4 to 6 years

Starts November 29th

For further particulars please contact Michelle or telephone 087-7739552

website: The Speech Bureau

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Marching to the Requiem

Marsh's LibraryThree absorbing and relevant lectures about the impact of the World Wars will take place in Marsh’s Library ahead of the performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem by the combined forces of the Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, RIAM Chamber Players, RIAM Chorale, Dublin Bach Singers, Boys of the Palestrina Choir and singers Lynda Lee (soprano), John Elwes (tenor) and Gavan Ring (baritone) in St Patrick’s Cathedral on November 22nd.

The lectures will be delivered by three distinguished individuals: Kevin Myers, journalist and writer, who, since the late 1970s, has written extensively at home and abroad in an effort to restore to public consciousness a memory of the Irish sacrifice in two world wars. The second is Gerald Dawe, Professor of English and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin who is also founder-director of the Oscar Wilde Centre at Trinity College. He has published eight collections of poetry and four volumes of poetry, and will speak on war poetry: Finally, Martin Adams, Associate Professor of Music at Trinity College Dublin, will analyse and comment on the War Requiem, widely regarded as one of Britten’s greatest works.

Britten’s profound and arresting masterpiece has inspired audiences the world over since its first performance in 1962. Juxtaposing texts from the Latin Requiem Mass and Wilfred Owen’s deeply moving World War poems. It was commissioned to celebrate the re-consecration of Coventry Cathedral which was destroyed during the Battle of Britain in World War II. On this occasion it is conducted by James Cavanagh.

Places limited. To reserve please email Public Relations

Marsh’s Library from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Admission Free

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