Special Delivery for DIT: Seven stunning Steinway Grands‌

 18 September 2014:  

Students and staff of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama today celebrated the delivery of seven stunning new Steinway pianos.  The 'magnificent seven' were delivered to the Gleeson Theatre in DIT Kevin Street early this morning where they were set up and tuned, and ready for their first performance.

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At the unveiling of the seven Steinways were Junior Conservatory student Alanah McManus (13) with B Mus students Shane and Emma Kenrick (4th year);  Adam McDonagh (4th year); Jimmy Goeijenbier (3rd year); Jack Ronayne (1st year) and Paul O’gorman (1st Year).

 Among the first to play the new instruments were members of the teaching staff of the Conservatory performing Steve Reich's “Six Pianos” - a spectacular piece for six pianos playing at once.  Solo performances were by BMus student Adam McDonagh (age 21) who performed “Jeux d’eau” by Maurice Ravel and Junior Conservatory student Alanah McManus (age 13) who performed "Scherzo humoristique: Le chat et la souris" by Aaron Copland.  The final performance was William Gillock's “Champagne Toccata” with four pianos playing together, led by Dr. David Mooney, head of Keyboard Studies at the Conservatory.

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Six Pianos – Dr. Cliona Doris conducts Six Pianos, played by teachers of piano at the Conservatory, Alison Thomas; Edward Holly; Padraig O Cuinneagáin; Mary Scarlett; Katherina Lemoni O’Doherty; and Siobhan Kilkelly.

Pianos by Steinway and Sons are widely regarded as the finest in the world and DIT is delighted to have been able to acquire seven beautiful Steinway Grands thanks to a generous donation from a private donor.  They will join the existing complement of Steinways in the Conservatory, and will make a significant addition to the fleet of world class instruments available to students in DIT.
Welcoming the special delivery, Dr Gordon Munro, Head of DIT Conservatory, said: “This is a significant event in the history of the Conservatory, made possible by this generous donation.  It is a first step towards the Conservatory becoming an All Steinway School which will in turn see us joining an elite group of internationally renowned conservatoires that includes Julliard, Yale and China Conservatory, and will make the Conservatory here in Dublin an even more attractive choice for international students.”

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Jeux d’eau – ­BMus student at the Conservatory Adam McDonagh plays the first solo piece on the new Steinway Grand delivered to DIT 

The President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton also welcomed the arrival of the pianos and emphasised the importance of nurturing our musical talent in Ireland and providing students with such precious instruments is part of ensuring that we do that.
A very delighted Dr David Mooney, said “As the Conservatory prepares to move to our new state-of-the-art building at the new DIT city centre campus in Grangegorman in 2017,  these new instruments will greatly enhance the quality of our teaching and practice facilities and we are extremely grateful to our benefactor.  ”
The seven Steinways were shipped to Ireland in partnership with Steinway UK. Pianos Plus, the official Steinway Dealer in Ireland, will install the new pianos in the Conservatory.   The Conservatory is now actively seeking further donations to support a programme of acquiring further instruments and has set a target of €2 million in philanthropy.

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