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Maestro Douglas to relive historic piano triumph

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Barry Douglas. Photo: Tony Gavin

Barry Douglas. Photo: Tony Gavin

Barry Douglas. Photo: Tony Gavin

Piano maestro Barry Douglas's historic claiming of the Tchaikovsky Competition will be recalled 30 years on, at the Dublin International Piano Festival (DIPF) and Summer Academy this week.

The then 26-year-old Belfast pianist won the prize in 1986, becoming the first non-Russian to do so in more than a quarter of a century.

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Pianists Dr Archie Chen and Rhonda Gouldson at their home in Rathgar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

Pianists Dr Archie Chen and Rhonda Gouldson at their home in Rathgar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

Pianists Dr Archie Chen and Rhonda Gouldson at their home in Rathgar, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

"The Tchaikovsky is like the Olympics for concert pianists, so when [Barry] won at the time in Moscow it was a revelation," said Dr Archie Chen, DIPF founder and artistic director.

Douglas's solo performance at the National Concert Hall is described as "the main event" in this year's festival. Other highlights for 2016's programme include tomorrow's Tchaikovsky perform by New Zealand's Lance Coburn.

For tickets and information visit www.pianofestival.ie.

Irish Independent