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Welcome to Dublin’s 5th International Piano Festival & Summer Academy!

The leading programme of its kind in Ireland, DIPF attracts students and audiences from all over the world to Dublin for a nine-day festival full of lessons, masterclasses, and performances. From 22nd -30th July 2017, DIPF will bring concerts from top class international pianists to the National Concert Hall (NCH) and the Hugh Lane Gallery while hosting a full academy of international pianists taking part in public masterclasses and seminars. The programme offers an intensive educational experience for advanced piano students as well as an exciting concert series open to the public.
Every year we invite highly regarded pianists with prestigious university positions and prizes in international competitions to perform and teach in Dublin. It is a great pleasure to welcome to our 2017 festival Evelyne Brancart from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University - Bloomington, Dr. Gabriele Baldocci from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Dr. Orla McDonagh, Head of the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music & Drama, and Artistic Director Dr. Archie Chen; who will lead masterclasses and lessons with our Summer Academy students.

In addition we are privileged to welcome to the concert hall virtuoso Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky Gold Medalist of the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, renowned American pianist and pedagogue Frederic Chiu, and Francesco Tristano, a Luxembourgish pianist who will close our festival with a programme of electronic, techno and acoustics.

With an amazing lineup of performers and teachers, there is something for everyone, and we look forward to welcoming students and audiences to Dublin to share all this great city has to offer!

About Us

Festival Director Couple
Founded in 2012 by pianists Archie Chen and Rhona Gouldson, the Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy was created to meet the need for a high-quality holistic program of piano in Dublin. Rhona’s work as Founder and Director of the Piano Academy or Ireland and the National Piano Festival combined with Archie’s vast international experience over years of teaching and performing (in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, the National Concert Hall and the Vatican) makes them the perfect duo to spearhead the effort of opening up spaces for international pianists to perform and study in Dublin.
DIPF’s mission is to assist the next generation of pianists through a program of piano tailored to foster excellence and to promote and present the international piano masters to audiences in Dublin, promoting Dublin as a central hub for mastery in piano.
Archie Chen - Artistic Director

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