RTÉ and Franco-German public service broadcaster Arte have joined forces to live stream the semi-finals and finals of the 2018 Dublin International Piano Competition to audiences worldwide.

Viewers across the globe will be able to tune in, free-of-charge, to the DIPC semi-finals and finals on RTÉ Culture and on Arte’s digital music on-demand service Arte Concert.

The 12 semi-finalists’ performances will be live streamed from Dublin’s National Concert Hall on Sat 26th & Sun 27th May between 2.30pm and 5.30pm, and from 7.30pm to 10.30pm on both days.

Live-streaming of the 2018 Dublin International Piano Competition final will begin at 7pm on Tuesday 29th May.

In addition, the 2018 finals will be broadcast on Friday, June 1st at 7.30pm on RTE lyric fm, as part of the Lyric Concert series, and both RTÉ and Arte will make the semi-finals and the four finalists’ performances available for catch-up viewing on RTÉ Player and Arte Concert.

The initiative, a first for the Competition, is part of an exciting co-production agreement between Arte and RTÉ, launched in 2017. The deal brings public service broadcasters across Europe together to co-produce high-end documentary and cultural content in order to offer it free-to-air on TV and on-demand to audiences across Europe.

Artistic Director of the Dublin International Piano Competition and renowned Irish concert pianist John O’Conor said: "We are thrilled that Arte and RTE have joined forces with the Dublin International Piano Competition to bring the semi-finals and finals of the 2018 Piano Competition to audiences and lovers and practitioners of the piano across Ireland, Europe and the world. The Competition is now in its 30th year, and the standard of entries this year is higher than ever. We hope that the audiences who tune in on RTÉ Culture and Arte Concert will enjoy the quality and breadth of the 2018 performances - and we are looking forward to sharing the very special atmosphere of the Dublin competition with them."

Watch the DIPC semi-finals live on RTÉ Culture on Sat 26th & Sun 27th May at 2.30pm and 5.30pm, & 7.30pm to 10.30pm (Irish time/GMT) and the final on Tue 29th May, from 7pm.