Royal Irish Academy of Music
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2008)|
|Royal Irish Academy of Music|
|Ceol Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann|
|Location||Dublin, Leinster, Ireland|
The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) is an associate college of Trinity College, Dublin, located in Dublin, Ireland. It is one of Europe's oldest and most distinguished music conservatoires and is located is a Georgian building of outstanding beauty in the heart of the capital city.
The RIAM was founded in 1848 by a group of music enthusiasts and moved to its present address in Westland Row in 1871. The following year it was granted the right to use the title "Royal". Its Teaching Staff includes many international and national prizewinners, members of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and many individuals whose names have become synonymous with music education in Ireland.
The RIAM is a unique institution in the Irish context and doesn't follow the typical European conservatoire model. Since its foundation, it has developed to become a place of relevance and inspiration for three distinct groups of musicians reaching to over 50,000 each year.
The RIAM's Local Centre Examination System, founded in 1894, is Ireland's only indigenous examining body for music. The LCES caters for 42,000 students in 1,700 centres in every county across the island of Ireland. Over 7,000 private music teachers enter their students for these exams and the RIAM has developed a portfolio of teacher training programmes aimed at this market. November 2013 sees the launch of the RIAM Teaching Network, Ireland's first virtual learning environment aimed at continuing education for the instrumental and vocal teacher. By utilising the skills of its core faculty to teach and advise the RIAM Teaching Network, the institution is committed to consolidating its position as 'the champion and enabler of the private music teaching profession'
The RIAM has about 1,000 part-time students who take their music seriously, are assessed annually and make up some of the pool of students who apply for RIAM's full-time courses. Recent initiatives such as junior chamber music and junior improvisation have sought to offer such students (and outside students) the opportunity to develop a more rounded musical education.
About 120 musical Olympians – RIAM's full-time students – act as cultural ambassadors for the RIAM and for Ireland through forging good professional careers and participating in international concerts and competitions. This student body is made of representatives from over 17 countries. These Bachelor, Master and Doctorate programmes are focused on Classical music performance and education, and have been running for a quarter of a century. Graduates of the RIAM's full-time programmes have been accepted for further study at the most prestigious music institutions around the world from the Juilliard School in New York to the Royal Academy of Music in London. In recent years students of the Academy have been finalists and winners of some of the world's most prestigious international competitions including the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition, The Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, the China International Vocal Competition, the Cologne International Piano Competition, the Dublin International Piano Competition and the BBC Musician of the Year. On the international stage, former students are currently members of such leading orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as opera houses from the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden to La Scala, Milan.
The Cathal Gannon Early Music Room was opened in May 2003; it contains a harpsichord and clavichord made by Cathal Gannon, a Broadwood grand piano restored by him, a square piano and information about Mr Gannon.
Notable former students and alumni of the Royal Irish Academy of Music include:
- Tara Blaise – pop and folk singer
- Seóirse Bodley – composer
- Moya Brennan – folk singer, songwriter and harpist
- Jessie Buckley – singer and actress
- John Buckley – composer
- Mairead Buicke – opera singer
- Anthony Byrne – pianist
- Celine Byrne – soprano
- Karan Casey – folk singer
- Finghin Collins – pianist
- Annie Jessy Curwen – writer and pianist
- Denis Donoghue – literary critic
- Karishmeh Felfeli – radio broadcaster, pianist and singer
- Ethel Hobday – pianist
- Frederick May – composer
- Frank McNamara – conductor, composer, and pianist
- Havelock Nelson – composer and conductor
- John O'Conor – pianist
- Naomi Reisfeld – pianist
- Fionnuala Sweeney – journalist and broadcaster
- John Millington Synge – playwright and poet
- Joan Trimble – composer and pianist
- Robin Tritschler – tenor
- Ailish Tynan – soprano
- Gráinne Yeats – harpist and singer
Notable teachers at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (past and present) include:
- Richard Pine & Charles Acton (eds.): To Talent Alone. The Royal Irish Academy of Music 1848-1998 (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1998). ISBN 0-7171-2759-1.