Young Artist Programme

The Royal Irish Academy of Music Young Artist Programme is an immersive programme that nurtures high potential pre-college talents aspiring to professional training.

The Young Artist Programme is designed for post-grade 8 Junior RIAM students aged approximately 15-18 years.  Places are allocated by audition and are limited to 25 students at any one time. The programme is for either one or two years based on the age of the student on commencement.
RIAM Young Artists have access to the following opportunities:

•    Free chamber music coaching  
•    Performance opportunities  
•    Free tickets to RIAM and other events  
•    Masterclass participation  
•    Platform/presentation coaching  
•    Mentoring from music and other professionals 
•    Access to accompanists

Eligibility: Junior RIAM students attending secondary school in the 2022/2023 academic year. Students who are in their last of year of school will only be eligible for one year of the programme.
In exceptional circumstances, primary school students may be considered for the Young Artist Programme.  Teachers may only nominate one student in this category for consideration by the Heads of Faculty and Head of Junior RIAM.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, 31 January 2023, 5.00 pm.

Preliminary Round: Candidates will be invited to audition in February and a RIAM accompanist is available for the Preliminary Round.

Final Round: A short-list of candidates will be called to a live audition in Spring 2023. There will be an official RIAM accompanist provided for the Final. 

Programme: All candidates must present a contrasting programme of three works (or movements from larger works), up to a maximum limit of 15 minutes, of which a selection will be heard by the panel. The same programme may be presented for both the Preliminary and Final Rounds.

The Heads of Faculty and Head of Junior RIAM assess students who wish to be part of this programme. Cross-faculty balance representation is taken into in the selection process.

To apply for the Young Artist Programme, please fill in the application form below. Your teacher must approve your application.