RIAM Piano Student (Organ Room)


View our Eventbrite listings:

Share our passion for musical performance as we showcase the treasure trove of current talent at student level with our audiences online from our home on Westland Row and our “home from home” the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI).

We look forward to delivering a rich output of online concerts, masterclasses, education and outreach projects which will visibly place our students and staff on the online performance platform, and reinforce our passionate commitment to nurturing and developing talent and ambition. 

Up Next:


King Arthur Header

Henry Purcell's King Arthur

16 - 21 January 2022, 6:00 pm

22 January 2022, 4:00 pm

When the worst happens -- such as war or climate disaster -- what can we rely on? We can rely on community, connection, and our individual and collective resourcefulness. This production of King Arthur sees a group of people coming together in a wild landscape (not so far from our world or our time) to tell the story of a triumph of love over force, of community over self-interest. This semi-opera in five acts with music by Henry Purcell and a libretto by John Dryden is a spectacular fully-staged co-production with Design for Stage and Screen at IADT, Dun Laoghaire, directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks and conducted by David Adams.

BOOK PREVIEW TICKETS 16 January 2022 (€12 - €18)

BOOK TICKETS 18 - 21 January 2022
(Limited capacity due to government restrictions - early booking is advised)

Jonathon Heyward

RIAM Philharmonia with guest conductor Jonathon Heyward


Hannah Kendall: Kanashibari

Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 8 in F Major, Op 93

The RIAM is proud to present the Irish début of Jonathon Heyward who is forging a career as one of the most exciting conductors on the international scene. Recently lauded by The Guardian as "a man of twenty-nine coolly heading for the stratosphere", he will lead the RIAM Philharmonia in works by Stravinsky and Beethoven, in addition to Hannah Kendall’s Kanashibari described by The Seattle Times as a "marvelous array of colors".

Sponsored by The John Pollard Foundation


PianoFest 2022 is a week-long feast of piano competitions hosted by the Royal Irish Academy of Music. PianoFest is open to pianists across all age categories and repertoire, and welcomes applications from external piano students as well as those currently studying at RIAM.

Competition Categories and Applications

Chloé van Soeterstède

RIAM Philharmonia with guest conductor Chloé van Soeterstède


WA Mozart: Symphony No 27 in G Major, K 199

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A Major, Op 92

In her Irish début, the French conductor Chloé van Soeterstède collaborates with the vibrant musicians of the RIAM Phiharmonia on Saturday, March 12th, 2022. This brilliant conductor is increasingly attracting the attention of orchestras across the globe for her intuitive, sensitive, expressive music-making and her charming and positive presence on the podium. On the occasion of her first visit to Ireland, she will conduct Mozart’s lively Symphony No 27 and Beethoven’s magnificent Seventh Symphony, the sublime Allegretto of which was used to great emotional effect in the seminal scene of the Oscar-winning film, The King’s Speech.


Recently Streamed:


Ursula Uí Chuinneagain Bursary for Young 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 and a Perpetual Trophy


REGISTER TO VIEW YOUTUBE STREAM or view below on the evening.





2021 Junior Solo Competition

Dublin Philharmonic Prize in memory of Vincent O’Neill

We are delighted to join forces with the Dublin Philharmonic Society to present the 2021 Junior Solo Competition. Once again, audiences at home are afforded the exciting opportunity to hear a selection of brilliant young artists from the RIAM compete for the prize of €600 and a public recital presented by the Dublin Philharmonic Society in memory of Vincent O’Neill.


Click here to view on YouTube if you have not accepted cookies to view the video above


2021 Irené Sandford Award for Singers

This annual bursary of €2,000 commemmorates Irené Sandford, the much-loved singer and former Head of Vocal Studies at the RIAM.

The bursary is generously donated by her husband, Billy Reid, in addition to a number of other prizes supported by her family, friends and donors.

Thursday, 18 November at 7.00 pm

Final streamed live to Youtube - Click here if you can't view the video below




RIAM: Virtual Beats

  • RIAM Percussion Ensemble
  • Lehman College Percussion Department
  • NYU Percussion Ensemble and NYU Steel Drum Ensemble
  • Latin Music Mixed Ensemble of Queens College, City University of New York
  • UBC Percussion Ensemble, University of Maryland

A special virtual concert featuring dynamic percussionists from Ireland and the United States performing a wide array of highly-charged music.

This concert dedicated to the memory of the distinguished percussionist and a dear friend, Morris “Arnie” Lang, who did so much to encourage and foster important collaborative projects with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and its US counterparts over many years. May he rest in peace.

Watch on YouTube


Meet the Young Artists

Sundays 6, 13 & 20 June 2021 at 3.00 pm  |  Free Concert

Meet the RIAM Young Artists was a three-concert series firmly placing musicians from the RIAM Young Artist Programme in the musical spotlight and a chance for audiences to enjoy a veritable feast of music performed online by some of tomorrow’s brightest musical stars.


2021 Lucien and Maura Teissier Scholarship
Saturday 8 May, 2021 at 7.00 pm

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.

Once again, we come to audiences virtually with an exciting stream of this year's event from the magnificent setting of the RIAM's Organ Room. A wonderful opportunity to hear some exceptional pianists from the RIAM's Keyboard Faculty brought to you in the comfort and safety of your home from our own home on Westland Row.

Sponsored by Maura Teissier FRIAM

Download Programme (.pdf)

Watch the event on our YouTube Channel.


ChamberFest Dublin 2021

Founded in 2019 by the RIAM’s Head of Strings and Chamber Music, Sarah Sew, ChamberFest Dublin is rooted in the RIAM’s aim to provide high quality and meaningful performance experiences for students.

During ChamberFest Dublin 2021, the RIAM presented a series of live-streamed and pre-recorded concerts from its home base on Westland Row, in addition to a number of other Dublin venues, featuring a wide palette of music performed by some of its most exceptional students.


World Piano Day 2021
Finghin Collins Performance Project
Monday, 29 March at 7.00 pm

Presented by Finghin Collins

Having worked with one of Ireland's finest musical ambassadors, Finghin Collins, ahead of this very special online performance on World Piano Day 2021,10 talented pianists from the RIAM present an energetic and engaging concert to salute the power of the piano!  Musical fireworks guaranteed from these exceptional young artists as they share their passion for piano music with audiences at home in Ireland and from further afield.


Download programme (pdf)

View Event on YouTube

Irish Baroque Orchestra/RIAM Philharmonia
Saturday, 20 March at 7.00 pm

Side-by-Side Performance Project. Peter Whelan, director

RIAM alumnus and artistic director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Peter Whelan, together with a selection of his IBO colleagues, performed alongside the spirited members of the RIAM Philharmonia in the wonderful setting of The Town Hall in Dublin’s Windmill Quarter. A truly collaborative side-by-side project exploring period style through a programme of boundless joie de vivre.

Recorded at The Town Hall, @1WML Windmill Quarter, Dublin 2.


Boulogne 'Chevalier de Saint-Georges': Overture L'Amant Anonyme
Mozart: Divertimento No 5 in C major, K187
Van Maldere: 'Dublin' Sinfonia in G
Mozart: Molto allegro from Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550

View full programme notes

Presented in partnership with the Irish Baroque Orchestra and Windmill Quarter

Sponsored by the John Pollard Foundation

See what our students thought of the project on the short Vlog below!

Previously on RIAM Live

2021 RIAM Coffee Concerts April/May 2021

2021 Ursula Uí Chuinneagáin Bursary for Young Pianists 25 March 2021 Competition programme (.pdf)

2021 Maura Dowdall Competition 6 March, 2021 Competition Programme (.pdf)

2020 Junior Solo Competition  (Dublin Philharmonic Prize in memory of Vincent O’Neill) 14 December 2020

2020 John Pollard Competition for Young String Players 10 December 2020

Irene Sandford Award for Singers: Final 26 November 2020
Irene Sandford Award for Singers: Semi-Final 25 November 2020

Lucien & Maura Teissier Scholarship for Pianists 20 October 2020 

Gender in Orchestral Leadership Workshop 16 October 2020

Support Us

These past few months have been challenging for RIAM. Our income has been put under pressure as areas such as box office revenue have declined to zero.

Please consider donating what you might have spent on a ticket and help us to keep our music playing. Thank you.

Reamonn Keary and Lorna Horan

RIAM Events Listings

Visit our page on Eventbrite for a full list of forthcoming RIAM concerts, masterclasses and workshops.