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Walled City Music will be welcoming over 30 pianists to Derry on Sunday, for the 2023 edition of its International Piano Festival. Festival Director Derry-born Cathal Breslin, acclaimed concert pianist and professor at Arizona State University, will be joined by an international faculty of tutors at Ulster University, Magee, as they lead 25 piano students through a packed schedule of masterclasses, workshops and concerts from July 10-17, 2023.

The Festival's student body represents the world’s up and coming generation of young pianists, bringing talent together from nationalities including Ireland, UK, Europe, USA, Taiwan, China, Iran, the Philippines, New Zealand and Korea. Over the 8 days of the Festival, these young artists will be provided with an immersive and inspiring environment in the Magee campus of Ulster University.

The international faculty, who will deliver the Festival’s series of masterclasses, workshops and interviews, includes Professors Thérèse Fahy (Royal Irish Academy of Music), Chu-Fang Huang (Ameri-China International Music Association), Chih-Long Hu (University of Tennessee), Svetozar Ivanov (University of South Florida), Pei-Chun Liao (University of Taipei) and Cahill Smith (Utah State University).

Throughout the week, exciting variety concerts by the faculty and students will be open to the public, with multiple pianists performing solo piano works and works for 4, 6 and 8 hands, as well as two days of performances at the Festival’s International Competition. Look out on the Walled CIty Music website and social media for the schedule of concerts.

Professor Cathal Breslin said, "I am delighted to bring such an exciting international piano festival and competition to Derry for the 4th year. It is an amazing opportunity to welcome these talented young stars of the future to our city, from so many different countries, and to work and refine their musical skills with some of the greatest pianists in the world. The concerts are going to be a big highlight for me, as it is very rare to see multiple pianists on stage together performing. Come along and see the excitement for yourself!"

In addition to its core support from Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry and Strabane District Council, the 2023 Festival is sponsored by Yamaha and local taxi company City Cabs. The Festival takes place in partnership with Ulster University, Contemporary Music Centre Ireland and Christ Church.




Walled City Music is the leading promoter of classical, contemporary and choral music in Derry~Londonderry.

The Walled City Music International Piano Festival, now in its fourth year, was founded by Artistic Director Dr. Cathal Breslin, with the aim of providing an immersive and inspiring teaching environment for the world’s next generation of young pianists. Each year it brings an international faculty of concert pianists and music educators to Derry, who provide masterclasses, workshops and other classes for the year’s intake of students, as well as performing a series of piano recitals, which are open to the local public.

Walled City Music receives core funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry and Strabane District Council. Additional sponsorship for the 2023 International Piano Festival has been received from Yamaha and City Cabs. This Festival takes place in partnership with Ulster University, Christ Church and Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland.