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The Competition

Pre Competition


The 12th Dublin International Piano Competition took place in Dublin from May 17 — 24 2022.

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From the very first competition in 1988 we have been privileged to have legendary figures in the world of piano music on our juries.

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Competitors may perform pieces of their own choosing; semi-finalists will also choose from specially-commissioned repertoire by Irish composers.

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All competitors must comply with DIPC’s formal competition rules.

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DIPC awards a range of significant prizes ranging from cash to international performance opportunities.

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Engagements for winners include both orchestral and solo recital performances, in Ireland and abroad.

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During the Competition


During the competition, DIPC is proud to welcome competitors to the city of Dublin and its special practice and performance venues.

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Host Families

One of the most unique and appreciated aspects of the DIPC is the opportunity competitors have to stay with Irish host families during the event.

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Host Pianos

The competition’s biggest logistics exercise is ensuring plenty of pianos for practice and performance!

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Volunteers — known as DIPC’s ‘Team Harmony’ —are at the very heart of the competition.

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Post Competition

News and Media

Access DIPC current news, press releases, images, video and a media kit

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Meet the winners of our previous competitions!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Competition Dates?

May 13 – 24 2022

Who can enter the Competition?

The Competition is open to professional pianists of all nationalities who were born before 14 May 2003 and after 14 May 1991.

How much is the entry fee?

The entry fee is 250 Euros

How do I enter the Competition?

The Competition is using Acceptd as its application format – click here

I would like to enter the Competition, but I am older/under the age stated in the conditions:

Unfortunately, you may not take part in the Competition

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is before November 1 2020

Do I need a Visa to travel to Ireland?

Please note that Ireland is not a signatory of the Schengen Agreement, and that a Schengen Visa does not necessarily allow a national of a country outside the European Union to enter Ireland.  So, if you are from a country outside the European Union, even if you hold a Schengen Visa, please check the Department of Foreign Affairs website to see if you require a separate Irish Visa.

I have not been a competitor in any international competition, may I submit an entry?

Yes, you may.

When will I receive an invitation to take part in the Competition?

Letters of acceptance or rejection will be emailed no later than January 19 2021

If my application is not successful will you refund my application fee?

The application fee is nonrefundable unless for some reason the  Competition does not take place.

How is the order of performance determined?

The order of the performances will be determined by ballot.

How many Competitors advance through each round?

Twenty-four Competitors will be admitted to the Second Round

Twelve Competitors will be admitted to the Semi-Finals.

Four Competitors will be admitted to the Final.

Can the first prize be tied?

No the First Prize cannot be tied.

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