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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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October is masterclass month at RIAM

RIAM logoWe are delighted to welcome an array of international talent to the RIAM over the month of October.

All masterclasses are free for audiences this year at RIAM and we invite you to feast your eyes on the line up for the coming days at Events

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RIAM student wins Irish Freemasons Musician of the year 2016

Christopher Moriarty PearsonWe send our congratulations to Bachelor in Music Performance graduate, Christopher Moriarty Pearson, who won the prestigious Irish Freemasons Musician of the Year Competition 2016 on 8th October.

The competition invites four nominations from each of Ireland’s music conservatoires. Out of a semi-final group of 15, three of the four finalists were RIAM students. In second place was RIAM Master in Music Performance graduate percussionist, Joseph Whelan, and in third place came year 3 Bachelor student flautist, Amy Gillen.

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RIAM graduate appointed second trumpet to Ulster Orchestra

RIAM mDavid Collinsasters graduate, David Collins, has been appointed second trumpet in the Ulster Orchestra.

David takes up his role in October. We wish him every success.

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RIAM Academic Calendar now available

For news on examination deadlines and more, please check our Academic Calendar 2016/17

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Early Years music therapy classes launch at the RIAM

special needs symbolWe are delighted to announce that we have built early years music therapy classes into the schedule for 2016-2017 aimed at bringing the magic of music to children with special needs.

For further details please refer to the Information Sheet.

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RIAM alumnus wins international singing competition

Padraic RowanRIAM alumnus, Bass-Baritone Padraic Rowan, has been awarded First Prize at the 2016 Les Azuriales Opera Young Singers’ Competition, which took place at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France.

Padraic has also been announced as the winner of the 2016 Bernadette Greevy Bursary Award.

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RIAM Auditions in Asia

RIAM Auditions will be held in Asia as follows:

Royal Irish Academy of Music Auditions in Asia
아일랜드 왕립음악원 아시아 오디션
Ireland’s World Class Music Conservatoire
세계적인 수준의 아일랜드 뮤직 콘서바토리
Associate College of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s no 1 University
아일랜드 최고의 대학인 트리니티 컬리지와 연계된 시스템
Courses of Degrees : BMus, MMus, DMus, Artist Diploma
학위 과정 : 학사, 석사, 박사, 최고 연주자 과정 등…

For further information please contact  Seho Lee
입학 오디션 문의 : seholee@riam.ie

RIAM website at Royal Irish Academy of Music
학교 홈페이지 : www.riam.ie

한국 오디션 일정 :
2016년 9월 11일 일요일
오디션 장소 : 스파치오 루체
서울시 용산구 한남동 737-61

Korean Auditions
will take place on Sunday, 11th September 2016, Spazio Luce, Seoul

오디션 과제곡 : 다른 시대 작곡가의 작품을 포함한 30분 이내의 자유 프로그램
(학위 과정에 따라 차이가 있을 수 있으니 자세한 문의 요망)

Audition Repertoire :  Free choice programme of up to 30 minutes to include Works from different periods.

For more details please contact Seho Lee
한국 입학 오디션 참가자 중 결과에 따라 우수 합격자에게 전액 장학금부터 다양한 장학금을 수여할 예정입니다.

Successful Musicians in the Korean Auditions may be awarded various Scholarships (to include both full scholarship and partial scholarship)

RIAM Schedule in Korea 2016
2016년 한국 방문 주요 일정
아일랜드 왕립음악원 입학 오디션 { RIAM Auditions }
공개 마스터 클래스 { Masterclass}
아일랜드 왕립 음악원 교수 음악회 {RIAM Musicians Concert}

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Part-time Performing Groups Handbook now online

RIAM Performing Groups Handbook imageWe 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 2016-2017

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Daniel Rowland is announced as RIAM’s newest International Visiting Artist

Daniel RowlandWe 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.

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RIAM pianist wins Catherine Judge Award

Eoin FlemingCongratulations 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.

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