Piano teachers

Patrice Keegan

Patrice Keegan began piano at the age of 7 and organ at the age of 16 under the Church Diocesan Scholarship set up by Fr. Pat O’Donoghue. She began her degree in the DIT Conservatory of music in 2002, where she studied piano with Evelyn Healy and organ with Una Russell. During her time there she won many prizes for both instruments including the Senior and Stanford prize in the Feis Ceoil and the Actors Church Union prize. She has participated in numerous courses for both piano and organ including the Académie de Musique Tibor Varga in Switzerland and the Oundle Academy in Cambridge, as well as numerous masterclasses. She graduated with First Class Honours in 2006. She was concurrently, for three years, Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Dublin. In 2009 Patrice completed a Masters in Music Performance at the DIT. She also holds numerous diplomas including ALCM and LTCL. Patrice is currently the resident organist in Holy Cross Church Dundrum where she is involved with the running of the Marmion recital series. She combines this role with piano teaching and accompanist work. Patrice has been teaching for Pianos Plus since 2007.

Varazdat Khachatryan

Varazdat Khachatryan was born in Armenia and began playing piano at five years old. He has performed extensively as a soloist in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Armenia, Russia, Lebanon, Syria and the Czech Republic. He has won numerous prestigious awards, including first prize in the Peter Donohoe piano competition and the Delia Hall Accompanist Prize. He holds Masters of Music degrees piano and choral conducting and an Advanced Postgraduate degree in piano performance (Aspirantura) from Yerevan State Conservatoire; and PgDip, MMus degrees in piano performance and MMus in piano accompaniment from Birmingham Conservatoire. In 2014, Varazdat was awarded the Fiosraigh scholarship from Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama (DIT), where he is currently pursuing his PhD degree.

Modesta Gorol

Modesta Gorol was born in Poland and received her first piano lessons at the age of seven. She completed her Bachelor of Piano Performance degree and piano pedagogy degree at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław (Poland). In 2017 she began a master’s degree in piano performance on an Erasmus scholarship in DIT Music and Drama Conservatory with Dr Orla McDonagh. In 2012 she became laureate of the 7th Polish Young Instrumentalists Competition of Jagiellonian Music Meetings. This year she participated in the Young Music Academy in Katowice working with professor Ewa Domańska.In 2016 she won 2nd prize at the International Young Musicians Competition ‘Antonio Salieri’ in Legnano. Modesta has perfected her musical skills on numerus international piano masterclasses working with famous pianists including Andrzej Jasidński (Poland), Peep Lassman (Estonia), Rita Kinka (Serbia), Wojciech Świtała (Poland). Modeta personal interests lie in contemporary, classical, free piano improvisation and visual arts, cooperating with other artists in this field.

Ana Talmaci

Graduated from State University of Arts, Chisinau, Moldova, having specialised in music education. She continued her studies with Siobhán Kilkelly in DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Ana holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance from the London College of Music and Diploma of Pianoforte Performance, LLCM, from the University of West London.

Rita Bowens

Rita Bowens is an honours BA Music graduate of the Waterford Institute of Technology, holds a Masters in Performance from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and LRIAM Performance Diploma from the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she studied with Dr. David Mooney and Deirdre Doyle respectively. She has competed and accompanied extensively throughout her 15 years in teaching. She has been working in a Dublin-based primary school for the last 10 years as the Head of the Music Department, teaching classroom-based musicianship to children ranging in ages from 4 to 12.

Joshua Murtagh

Joshua studied piano with Dr. David Mooney in the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, graduating with a BMus performance degree in 2016.
He also has a performance diploma from the Trinity College of Music London.

Jimmy Goeijenbier

Jimmy Goeijenbier was born in the Netherlands but received his first piano lessons in Ireland from his mother at the age of five. He completed his Bachelor of Piano Performance degree with First Class Honours at the D.I.T. Conservatory of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Dr. Mary Lennon. Jimmy completed his master’s degree in piano performance at the University of Washington in June 2018, where he studied with renowned concert pianist and pedagogue Craig Sheppard. Notable awards include multiple first prizes in competitions at the D.I.T. Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin Feis Ceoil, and Sligo Feis Ceoil, and a licentiate diploma from Trinity College of Music with distinction. He has performed in the National Concert Hall,, Áras an Uachtaráin, and has given recitals in the Netherlands, Romania and the United States.
Jimmy is also an accomplished accompanist, but most of all enjoys teaching piano and sharing his knowledge of a wide repertoire for this instrument, with anyone who has the desire to learn.

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