RIAM Piano Student (Organ Room)

Junior RIAM Competitions

The following competitions are open to Junior RIAM students:

  • Dublin Philharmonic Junior Concerto Competition
  • John Pollard Bursary for Violinists
  • Ursula Ui Chuinneagain Bursary for Pianists
  • PianoFest
  • Lucien & Maura Teissier

Prize: €2,000 bursary and a recital in the RIAM Organ Room
Eligibility: Junior RIAM violinists currently studying at secondary school
Closing date: 1 November

Requirements: Four finalists are selected from the Preliminary round and will be required to perform a 16-minute programme, which must include the pieces performed in the Preliminary round. Preliminary round competitors will play for no longer than 10 minutes. 

Please complete the application form below. The application must be approved by your teacher. 

Prize: €600, a public recital presented by the Dublin Philharmonic Society in memory of Vincent O’Neill, and the possibility of a solo performance with the RIAM Intermediate Orchestra, subject to suitability of repertoire.
Eligibility: Students must be under 18 (or under 20 for singers) on the day of the first round. 
Closing date: 1 November

Competitors are required to perform a movement from a concerto.  

Application is by teacher nomination only, using the link below (RIAM login required):

Eligibility: Open to all secondary school piano students attending the RIAM
Prize: €2,000 
Closing date: 1 November

All entrants will be required to perform a minimum of two own-choice pieces, of contrasting style and genre, up to a maximum of 12 minutes for the first round.

Finalists will be required to perform a 20-minute programme which must include the pieces performed in the first round.  Please note that the choice of programme will be taken into consideration by the adjudication panel.  It is also recommended that the performance for both preliminary/final rounds should be from memory. 

To apply for this competition, please complete the application form below. The application must be approved by your teacher. 

Prize: Up to €10,000  
Eligibility: RIAM piano students of Irish nationality 
Closing date: 1 November

Competitors must perform a recital of 20 minutes, followed by an interview with the adjudicating panel. 

Application is by teacher nomination, including full details of the programme and written application from the student on use of the money. 

Date(s) of competition: 
Eligibility: Piano students of RIAM. External students can also apply. 
Prizes: Trophies and cups (see below)

PianoFest Senior competitions 

Margaret O’Hea Recital Cup [17 years and over on 1st January] 

Own choice recital of not more than 20 minutes duration.  

Audrey Chisholm Sonata Cup [17 years and over on 1st January] 

Own choice sonata of not more than 25 minutes duration. If preliminary rounds are required maximum playing time will be 8 minutes per competitor. 

PianoFest Intermediate competitions 

Dorothy Stokes Rosebowl [14 to under 17 years on 1st January] 

One own choice piece of not more than 6 minutes duration from one of the following stylistic periods: Baroque; Classical; Romantic; Impressionist; Twentieth Century; Contemporary. Rosebowl and runner-up prizes will be awarded to the competitors with the overall highest marks. Within each stylistic category a First Prize will be awarded to the competitor with the highest mark.   

Gillian Smith Recital Cup [14 to under 17 years on 1st January] 

Own choice recital of not more than 15 minutes duration.   

PianoFest Junior competitions 

Margaret Furlong Recital Cup [11 to under 14 years on 1st January] 

Own choice recital of not more than 10 minutes duration.  

Valerie Walker Rosebowl [11 to under 14 years on 1st January] 

One own choice piece of not more than 4 minutes duration from one of the following stylistic periods: Baroque; Classical; Romantic; Impressionist; Twentieth Century; Contemporary. 

Rosebowl and runner-up prizes will be awarded to the competitors with the overall highest marks. Within each stylistic category a First Prize will be awarded to the competitor with the highest mark.   

Minor competitions 

Joe Byrne Cup [9 to under 11 years 1st January] 

Own choice recital of not more than 6 minutes duration.  

Sheila Rumbold Cup [under 9 years on 1st January] 

Two contrasting pieces of own choice totalling no more than 5 minutes duration. 

ENTRY FEES:              

Minor/Junior                 €30.00 per competition 

Intermediate                €35.00 per competition 

Senior                            €40.00 per competition 

Special awards  

Dina Copeman Cup will be awarded by the adjudicator for the best performance of a work by Chopin within the Margaret O’Hea and/or Audrey Chisholm competitions.  The winner must receive a mark of at least 85%.  

Deirdre Doyle Cup will be awarded by the adjudicator for the best performance of a work by a Russian composer within the Margaret O’Hea and/or Audrey Chisholm competitions. The winner must receive a mark of at least 85%.   

Benson Cup will be awarded by the adjudicator for the best performance of a work by J. S. Bach within the Margaret O’Hea and/or Audrey Chisholm competitions. The winner must receive a mark of at least 85%.    

Closing date: 

Link to application: 

Application form filled in by applicant with payment requirement