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The Dublin International Piano Competition was established in 1988. A triennial event, it was sponsored for the first three competitions by GPA Group. In 1994, the sponsorship was taken over by Guardian Insurance and when AXA acquired the company in 1999 they also took over title sponsorship which they sustained for 10 years. The Dublin International Piano Competition is now supported by a mix of individual and corporate benefactors with some funding from the Irish government.

Since its foundation, the Dublin Competition has grown in stature and now ranks among the most important piano competitions in the world. It offers a generous prize fund, but perhaps the most important prize is the prestigious list of engagements secured for the winner.

These include début concerts in Dublin and New York as well as appearances at international festivals and concertos with leading orchestras. Previous winners have launched highly successful international careers from this springboard.  The international jury is chaired by Artistic Director Finghin Collins, who succeeded co-founder of the DIPC John O'Conor in 2023.   Adjudicated by distinguished members of the music profession from around the world, the Competition attracts a large international entry.

The Dublin International Piano Competition is a member of the Alink Argerich Foundation. Previous winners currently engaged in successful careers include Philippe Cassard, France (1988); Pavel Nersessian, Russia (1991); Davide Franceschetti, Italy (1994); Max Levinson, USA (1997); Alexei Nabioulin, Russia (2000); Antti Siirala, Finland (2003); Romain Descharmes, France (2006); Alexej Gorlatch, Ukraine (2009); Nikolay Khozyainov, Russia (2012); Nathalia Milstein, France (2015), Sae Yoon Chon, South Korea (2018); and 2022 winner, Yukine Kuroki (Japan), joins this elite group who fly the flag for Ireland’s premier music competition around the world.

Dublin International Piano Competition,
38, Baggot Street Upper, Dublin, D04 A2P2, Ireland. Tel: +353 (89) 978 4710 

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