PianoTexas International Academy & Festival, formerly known as the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute, was founded in 1981. It is now an International Music Festival, renowned for its world-class concerts and an International Academy that imparts musical insights and understanding of the professional music world to talented young pianists, dedicated teachers and passionate amateurs.


Young Artists Program

The Young Artists Program is designed for gifted young pianists up to age 27 to experience the art of performing in a professional, competitive environment. Following a stringent screening procedure, the selected young artists are admitted into the program with scholarships. PianoTexas's long-standing collaboration with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is of special interest. Six young artists are chosen to perform complete concertos in two public concerts. Chamber music, introduced in 2004 in addition to recital appearances, master classes and private lessons, providesparticipants with a unique variety of opportunities for further developing their skills as emerging professional musicians.

Teachers Program

This program pioneers the creation of stimulating outlets for teachers to perform. Since 1991, the Teachers Program has evolved into a significant Festival for teachers providing opportunities to perform in master classes, individual lessons and recitals. In 2007 PianoTexas initiated the concerto component of the program with performance accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Abundance of lecture demonstrations and presentations allow teachers to share and to delve into a large variety of music topics such as style, technique, methods and the art of teaching. Each year a highly respected and eminent guest teacher is presented.

Amateurs Program

Established in 1996, PianoTexas' Amateurs Program is the original in specifically signaling out the needs of amateurs. This program is designed for non-professional pianists, who maintain a passionate love of music while pursuing their livelihoods in other areas. It provides a wonderful venue for them to improve their skills and offers valuable experience in public performance. The truly unique aspect of this program is the opportunity it provides for amateurs to perform with a professional orchestra-the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The program alternates each year between concerto performances and participation in chamber music. Together with private lessons, master classes and recitals, the Amateurs' Program offers artistic and personal development with a view to bringing out the highest potential in each participant.


Each year, six or seven recitals are given by internationally renowned concert artists, performing solo and in chamber music. Additional concerts include Concerto Evenings with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and participants of the three PianoTexas programs. During the Festival there are concerts everyday creating superb atmosphere for enjoyable and satisfying musical experience not only for audiences from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area, but visitors from elsewhere in Texas, out of state and abroad.

PianoTexas International Academy & Festival invites the general public to attend all its concerts and master classes. Audiences meet the artists and enjoy the experience of the piano with all its wealth of repertoire. It matters not whether one is an active performer or passive listener, this festival truly provides something for everyone. Its aim is to unite the community through the art of the piano.

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