2009 Young Artist Program (May 15 to June 7)


Application Deadline: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009 - postmarked

All application and supporting materials must be sent with a courier service (FED EX or DHL) by the deadline date. Late applications will not be considered.


Highly challenging and stimulating, the Young Artists Program has achieved its fame as one of the leading international summer piano programs worldwide. Combined with the opportunity to attend the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (May 22-June 7), the Young Artists Program offers aspiring young pianists, up to age 28, three weeks of intensive training and learning experience at a high professional level. With a wide variety of events, every Young Artist receives maximum benefits by interacting with top caliber artists.


Program Description


Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

All Young Artists Program participants, whether performers and observers, will attend all rounds of the competition (May 22-June 7).

Important information regarding purchasing tickets to the Competition:
In collaboration with PianoTexas, the Van Cliburn Competition has reserved a limited number of tickets in the Mezzanine Section for participants of PianoTexas. Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis. To ensure seats are available, it is imperative that you order your tickets EARLY. If you wish to purchase any section other than Mezzanine you may do so independently of PianoTexas.

After completing the application form for PianoTexas you may proceed to purchase tickets on the Cliburn Ticket website where you will be asked to complete an order form. If you apply for the Young Artists Program you must purchase the Complete Competition package.


In order to receive preferential seating in the Mezzanine section, remember to write “Piano Texas” in the Comment Box at the bottom of the order form.

Young Artist applicants who are not invited as performers will be offered to come as observers, thus maintaining their purchased tickets. However, if they select not to attend they will receive the refund for their tickets.

In order to benefit from both the Cliburn Competition and PianoTexas, we advise that applications to both programs be made at the same time.


Master Classes and Private Lessons

Participants selected as performers will play in two master classes and receive two private lessons, each with different guest artists. Works performed in master classes must be from memory and at performance level. All master classes are open to the public.


Concerto Master Class:
“The Art of Concerto Performance”

Of paramount importance in a performing career is the concerto repertoire. During the years when there is no Van Cliburn Competition, PianoTexas offers the opportunity for participants to perform complete concertos with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, however, there will be no performance with the orchestra due to the Cliburn Competition. However, the Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, will give a special concerto master class to selected Young Artists. The aim of this session is to focus on the preparation, rehearsal and collaboration, all of which essential for a successful concerto performance. During the master class basic musical concepts of balance, freedom of tempo and collaboration between the solo and orchestral entries will be obtained and demonstrated from a concerto performed with a second piano.

Selection for Concerto Master Class:

Participation in the Concerto Competition is strongly recommended. Three performers will be selected by a jury from the Concerto Competition. They will perform in a master class given by internationally acclaimed Miguel Harth-Bedoya, who is one of the most exciting and sought-after conductors of the music profession. Repertoire requirement is basically a concerto movement or movements that are not longer than 18 minutes. Please choose ONLY from the Concerto Repertoire List for concertos that are allowed in this program. An official accompanist is provided for rehearsals and the competition.


Performing opportunities for performing young artists will be offered. These recitals are open to the public and will feature your own choice of repertoire.


Symposia and Seminars

These sessions will provide insights and valuable information regarding the classical music industry and its future. Topics are widely varied and thought provoking. Featured guests will include former Cliburn Competition winners, concert managers, composers, and PianoTexas faculty.


Lectures and Discussions

Lectures utilize topics of interest from styles to technique. Designed for performers and teachers, these lectures are educational and informative. Special discussion sessions will be scheduled to provide excellent opportunities to exchange ideas focusing on competitions - events that have become an important milestone in a young artist's career.



PianoTexas warmly welcomes observers of all ages. This is a great opportunity to witness the teachings of different artists of international standing, to attend the Cliburn Competition and all other presentations. Observers are most welcome to join in all the social functions organized by PianoTexas.


Practice Facilities

Scheduled practice time on grand pianos will be arranged for the performers while observers are welcome to use practice rooms with upright pianos. All practice rooms are open 24 hours a day.


Accommodations and Transportation

The TCU dormitory, King Hall, is conveniently located in the newly constructed campus commons area, and is a short walk from the music building. Bedrooms are suite-style with shared living/lounge areas and are furnished with a full-sized bed, semi-private bathrooms, and a refrigerator and microwave oven in the living area. There are large comfortable lounges and laundry facilities on site. The cost of a single room is $45 per night and does not include linen service. Participants should be prepared to bring their own sheets, pillowcases, and towels. TCU can provide a pillow and blanket for an additional charge. There are several restaurants and a grocery store within walking distance, along with a limited number of on-campus dining options. Wireless internet access is available, but must be requested prior to arrival. Participants are responsible for bringing their own laptops/computers and other computer equipment to access the internet. The Cliburn Competition takes place in the Bass Performance Hall which is located 4.2 miles from the TCU campus. PianoTexas will provide complimentary bus service to and from all phases of the Competition.




Performers: for pianists aged 28 or younger by June 1, 2009. A total of 24 performers will be admitted through CD and/or DVD selection process.

Observers: There is no age limit and everyone is welcome.


Program Fees

Performer: $690
General Observer: $390


Some financial assistance is available for performers only, upon request and subject to evaluation. There is no financial assistance available for the competition tickets.


Application Deadline for all Programs:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009 (postmarked)
All application and supporting materials must be sent with a courier service (FED EX or DHL) by the deadline date. Late applications will not be considered.