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

For more information about competitions open to Junior RIAM students, please contact deirdredurkan@riam.ie

2020 John Pollard Competition for Young String Players  

The John Pollard Competition for Young String Players is designed to identify, assist, and further develop young string players who demonstrate exceptional performance potential and innate musicianship. Prize winners receive a bursary of €2,000 to afford them the opportunity of world-class specialist support, both at home and abroad.  

Prizes:  

John Pollard Award  

Awarded to an outstanding violinist or violist
€2,000 bursary and prize winners’ recital in the RIAM Organ Room 

Stephen Vernon Award  

Awarded to an outstanding cellist or double bass player
€2,000 bursary and prize winners’ recital in the RIAM Organ Room  
Eligibility: Junior RIAM violinists, violists, cellists and double bass players currently studying at secondary school. Previous winners are not eligible to compete.   

Application Deadline: Friday, November 27th, 5.00 pm. Unlisted YouTube link to Preliminary Round video submission must be provided on the application form. 

Preliminary Round: Video recording submissions will be assessed by a preliminary round panel and finalists will be selected and notified. Competitors should prepare an 8-10 minute video submission consisting of at least two contrasting works. A RIAM accompanist is available for Preliminary Round recordings and competitors should email DearbhlaBrosnan@riam.ie if they would like to avail of this.

Final: Thursday, December 10th at 7.00 pm at the RIAM. Finalists selected from the Preliminary Round will be required to perform a free-choice 15-17 minute programme in the Final. Repertoire performed in the Preliminary Round can be repeated in the Final. There will be an official RIAM accompanist provided for the Final.

You can apply using the application form link below. You must have your teacher's approval before making an application.

Application Form

Video Submission Guidance

Videos must be uploaded to YouTube as an 'Unlisted' video (further details below) and the link must be included in the application form where advised.

Further Information on making your recorded video submission

Please find information on how to make a YouTube video here

Recommended settings for YouTube

In the video's settings tick the 'Unlisted' option in the Privacy section. This will allow only those with a direct link to the video to view it. The video will not appear in search results or on your YouTube channel (if you have one). Do not tick the ‘Private’ option as this may prevent us from viewing the video during the assessment process. Please ensure all links are active and viewable to people who have access to the direct link.

2020 Junior Solo Competition

(Dublin Philharmonic Prize in memory of Vincent O’Neill)

The Dublin Philharmonic Society is a voluntary non-profit making society established in 1985 by Vincent O Neill and a group of like-minded, music-loving friends to give talented young musicians the valuable opportunity to perform to a live audience and to develop their presentation skills.

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 under 18 (or under 20 for singers) on Friday, November 27th, 2020

Application Deadline: Friday, November 27th, 2020, 5.00 pm. Unlisted YouTube link to Preliminary Round video submission must be provided on the application form. 

Final: Monday, December 14th at 7.00 pm in RIAM

Preliminary Round: Video Recording submitted by Applicant by Friday, November 27th, 5.00 pm.  Competitors are required to perform a movement from a concerto/work written for solo instrument/voice and orchestra.  A RIAM accompanist is available for Preliminary Round recordings and competitors should email DearbhlaBrosnan@riam.ie if they would like to avail of this.

Competitors are required to perform a movement from a concerto/work written for solo instrument/voice and orchestra with piano accompaniment in the Final.  There will be an official RIAM accompanist provided for the Final.

You can apply using the application form link below. You must have your teacher's approval before making an application. 

Application Form

Video Submission Guidance

Videos must be uploaded to YouTube as an 'Unlisted' video (further details below) and the link must be included in the application form where advised.

Further Information on making your recorded video submission

Please find information on how to make a YouTube video here

Recommended settings for YouTube

In the video's settings tick the 'Unlisted' option in the Privacy section. This will allow only those with a direct link to the video to view it. The video will not appear in search results or on your YouTube channel (if you have one). Do not tick the ‘Private’ option as this may prevent us from viewing the video during the assessment process. Please ensure all links are active and viewable to people who have access to the direct link.

2021 Ursula Uí Chuinneagain Bursary for Pianists

Sponsored by her son, Luke Ó Cuinneagáin, this exciting bursary for aspiring young pianists recognises Ursula Uí Chuinneagáin’s contribution to the music world in Ireland and her long-standing association with the RIAM.   The bursary recognises that unswerving encouragement, support and sponsorship are critical factors when nurturing key young talent in pursuit of excellence.

Prize: €2,000, a perpetual trophy and an engagement at the RIAM.

Eligibility: Open to all secondary school piano students attending the RIAM

Application Deadline: Friday, November 27th, 2020, 5.00 pm 

Final: Friday, February 19th, 2021 at 7.00 pm

Semi-Final: Friday, February 19th, 2021

All applicants will be required to perform a minimum of two own-choice pieces, of contrasting style up to a maximum of 12 minutes for the Semi-Final Round.

Finalists will be required to perform a 20-minute programme to include the pieces performed in the Semi-Final Round. The choice of programme will be taken into consideration by the adjudication panel.  It is also recommended that the performance for both rounds should be from memory. 

Applicant will be required to submit a proposal on how he/she will spend the bursary fund if successful in advance of the Semi-Final Round.

You can apply using the application form link below. You must have your teacher's approval before making an application. 

Application Form

2021 Lucien and Maura Teissier Scholarship

One of Ireland’s most substantial music awards, the Lucien and Maura Teissier Scholarship is open to all Irish piano students of the Academy and is generously donated annually by Maura Teissier FRIAM.

Prize(s): Up to €10,000

Eligibility: RIAM students of Irish nationality, holding an Irish passport.  Previous winners of this scholarship may not enter again, however, in exceptional circumstances a discretionary award may be made to junior students who may subsequently apply for the full scholarship in subsequent years.   

Application Deadline: Friday, November 27th, 2020, 5.00 pm

Final: Tuesday, May 4th at 7.00 pm

Semi-Final: Tuesday, May 4th

Final and Semi-Final Round competitors must perform a recital of 20 minutes and will also be required to interview with the adjudicating panel on the day of the competition.

Applicant will be required to submit his/her curriculum vitae giving full details of prizes, awards and performances AND a proposal on how he/she will spend the bursary fund if successful in advance of the Semi-Final Round.

You can apply using the application form link below. You must have your teacher's approval before making an application. 

Application Form