IN 2008 THE TCU SCHOOL OF MUSIC WILL HOST the 19th PianoTexas International Academy & Festival , one of the longest-running piano summer music programs in the world. From its inception until mid-2005, the Festival named TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute, was linked to TCU and the Van Cliburn Foundation. As PianoTexas this role has been redefined as a University enterprise in collaboration with the Foundation and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra association.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the world of PianoTexas International Academy & Festival . Our title indicates an annual event focusing on the piano and its multifaceted repertoire from solo to chamber music to concerto. We are in Texas, the land of energy, where daring new concepts are embraced and nurtured, where established traditions travel hand-in-hand with bold innovations. The gathering of the very best artists/teachers and participants from all over the world make it a truly International experience. Our program is still the only one of its kind where professionals, young artists, teachers, and amateurs all come together and speak the universal language of music. As an Academy our mission is to perpetuate the timeless traditions of classical music. We provide a plethora of experiences including opportunities to perform, listen, discuss, learn, and ultimately to inspire. And we are a Festival celebrating with a concert every evening during the month of June. We present a Distinguished Artists Series, three concerto concerts with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and recitals of our participants showcasing their talents.

Please look through the pages of our website. Contact us with your questions and join us during the summer of 2008 when pianists from all over the world meet on the beautiful TCU campus for truly outstanding presentations presented by the PianoTexas International Academy & Festival.