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Young Pianists' Summer Intensive Course (Live)

Live Summer School for ambitious young pianists who wish to dedicate a week to refine their technique & performance.

Description

A fantastic opportunity for young pianists to spend an immersive week training in person with eminent RIAM Keyboard Faculty Professors, bringing their piano-playing to the next level and developing the skills that every young pianist needs. 

Throughout the week, Professors Thérèse Fahy and Anthony Byrne will work with the students on their chosen piece(s) of repertoire, sharing valuable insight and aiding them in their approach to the music, giving guidance on useful practise methods, guiding students on the elements of technique that are most relevant to them, and helping them, with a wealth of learning techniques and exercises.

Course participants will participate in GROUP PERFORMANCE classes with Prof. Thérèse Fahy and GROUP PRACTICAL PIANO PLAYING classes with Prof. Anthony Byrne. 

In addition, each student will have the opportunity of one 30-minute 1:1 coaching with one of the two Professors. 

Tutors

About Prof. Thérèse Fahy and Prof. Anthony Byrne

Thérèse Fahy, one of Ireland’s foremost pianists, enjoys an active performing and teaching career at home and abroad. Her regular recital and concerto appearances throughout Europe and the United States have met with critical acclaim, as have her numerous broadcasts for both RTÉ and BBC.

Recent engagements have included solo recitals, lecture-recitals and masterclasses in France, the UK, Italy, Poland, Spain, Portugal, USA, the Czech Republic, Holland, Israel, Ethiopia and Ireland, as well as serving on international juries including Dublin International Piano Competition, the Manchester International Concerto Competition in Great Britain, the Baltic International Piano Competition and the Scriabin International Piano Competition, Italy. As the only professional Irish pianist to specialise in the performance of French music, Thérèse Fahy has performed and internationally toured Debussy’s complete works for solo piano, and her performances of the solo works of Messiaen have been described by The Irish Times as a “tour de force”. In 2018, as well as bringing her Debussy Festival to Dublin and Paris, Thérèse was honoured to perform a solo recital at Debussy’s birthplace on March 25th, the exact centenary date of the composer’s death. In November 2019, the French Government bestowed on Thérèse Fahy the award of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

A Fulbright scholar and a French Government scholar, Thérèse Fahy is Professor of Piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Her students have been First Prizewinners and Finalists in many international competitions, including the Shanghai International Piano Competition, Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, EU International Piano Competition, the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona, the Beethoven Competition in Bonn, César Franck Competition in Brussels.

 

Professor Anthony Byrne studied piano in Dublin with Marie Jones and John O’Conor. Anthony then continued his studies in Canada, New York and London with such internationally renowned teachers as Peter Katin, Adele Marcus and Alexander Kelly. Whilst studying in London Anthony became an associate of the Royal College of Music.

Anthony has given concerts in Ireland, England, the US, Canada and Japan. In 1986 he made his London debut at the Purcell Room and made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1989. He has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on numerous occasions and in July 1997, gave the Irish premiere of Leroy Anderson’s piano concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Colman Pearse.

In December 2005 Anthony played the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Dublin Orchestra Players and on the 21st of February of 2006, he joined the National Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall playing Saint-Saëns’ 5th Piano Concerto.

In 2007 Anthony gave a recital of piano music by Liszt at the National Concert Hall. Anthony recently partnered with his wife, international soprano Mairead Buicke, in recitals throughout Ireland and also in the House of Lords in London, Malaga and the Metropolitan Club, New York.  

In November 2008 he played Saint-Saëns’ 5th Piano Concerto with the Dublin Symphony Orchestra and in June 2009 he played Mendelssohn and Mozart with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. In 2015 Anthony played the Grieg Concerto with the Dublin Symphony Orchestra to mark the thirtieth anniversary of his concerto debut. In October 2015 and 2017 he performed a Chopin and Beethoven recital in the National Concert Hall and played the role of Giuseppe in the sell-out show The Puccini Scandal also at the National Concert Hall.

Anthony is a Senior Lecturer of Piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he also sits on the Academic Board of Studies. In 2012 and 2013 he gave masterclasses at the Conservatory of Music in Malaga. In 2012 he was appointed Specialist External Keyboard Examiner at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland. He has also been appointed as a panel examiner to the RCS DMus degree. In June of 2016, he was appointed Specialist External Keyboard Examiner at the Royal College of Music in London and was also appointed to the same position at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London in 2017. In 2021 he sat on the screening jury for the Hastings International Piano Competition.

Prerequisites

Ability:

  • There is no RIAM certification required for this course, but a minimum ability of Grade VI is necessary

Age:

  • 13-18
  • If aged 11-12 and Grade VI or higher and would like to be considered for this course, please send a video of yourself playing to shortcourses@riam.ie.

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