Saturday 18 August 2018

Classical music students tune in to awards

Multiple award-winning concert pianist and 2009 winner Maire Carroll was at the launch of the 2017 Top Security Frank Maher Classical Music Awards. Photo: Peter Houlihan
Multiple award-winning concert pianist and 2009 winner Maire Carroll was at the launch of the 2017 Top Security Frank Maher Classical Music Awards. Photo: Peter Houlihan
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Students of classical music are invited to enter Ireland's largest competition to help fund their studies.

Former winner and now a multiple award-winning concert pianist Maire Carroll was at the launch of Top Security's Frank Maher Classical Music Awards.

The awards were created in 2001 by Emmet O'Rafferty, chairman of the Top Security Group, to showcase outstanding young talent in classical music.

Past winners have received national and international recognition for their achievement and used their prize money as a springboard towards a professional career.

The 2016 winner, pianist Aidan Chan, from Scoil Dara, in Kilcock, Co Kildare, went on to appear in the RDS Rising Stars gala concert followed by a debut performance in the International Rising Stars concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. He now studies at the Royal College of Music in London.

The awards are open to sixth year post-primary students of string, woodwind, brass and piano.

Closing date for entries is Thursday, October 12.

Irish Independent

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