2010 Amateurs (June 4 – 13)


Guest Artists/Teachers:

Igor Resnianski Tamás Ungár Lilya Zilberstein


REGARDLESS OF YOUR AGE, PROFESSION AND BACKGROUND, as long as you are an amateur pianist who enjoys music and loves playing the piano, we extend a warm invitation to join us for this 10-day program. The Amateurs Program is designed for adult, non-professional pianists who have an aspiration to keep learning and to experience the art of performing. Depending on the different levels and objectives of each individual participant, the program can be either fun and entertaining or highly intensive and demanding. Since the inception of the Amateurs Program in 1996, participants return repeatedly with growing confidence and fresh repertoire, not to mention the remarkable progress they demonstrate year after year. The camaraderie with other amateurs also creates a friendly atmosphere and a wonderful experience. So join us - become a student again - and be inspired and share your love of music with fellow piano enthusiasts.



Twenty-Four applicants are accepted as Performers, based on submitted audition recordings. Performers play in one master class and receive two private lessons, each with a different artist/teacher. They also perform in recitals open to the public. Playing from memory is optional and the repertoire is entirely free choice. Pieces presented in each event may also be the same or different. The Executive Director is responsible for allocating the master classes and private lessons with the artist/teachers, and his decision is final. Within the duration of the Amateurs Program all participants have free access all other events listed in the Festival’s general schedule.



Certainly a unique occasion for any amateur pianist is to perform with a professional orchestra. PianoTexas provides this extraordinary opportunity to selected participants who would like to take up the challenge of performing a concerto movement (maximum of 20 minutes) with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. A concerto competition, with a second piano will be held on Sunday, June 6. Six to eight winners will be selected to perform with the orchestra. Each winner will receive a private session with the conductor and one full rehearsal with the FWSO prior the performance. For this opportunity, winners are required to pay $500 in addition to the program fee to partially cover the expenses of the professional orchestra.


For repertoire selection please refer to Concerto Repertoire. This list includes the required concertos for the final round of the Third Piano Amateur Competition Berlin which will be held in October 2010. This is a great opportunity for the Berlin competitors to try out their concerto e if they are selected. Amongst these six to eight winners, a maximum of three places will be allowed for amateurs who had already played with the FWSO in 2008.


Master Classes:

Traditionally Master Classes have been very popular with amateurs as it is the best way to communicate ideas that are commonly beneficial to all of them. Amateurs receive one master class during their program. In order to allow greater variety and flexibility in balancing the repertoire, please provide a minimum of two works (concertos may be included) when completing the application. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of master classes and the repertoire and his decisions are final. Participants who would like to play for certain guest artists may make their requests in writing, however, while these will be considered they cannot be guaranteed. We request that once the work for a Master Class is confirmed that it should not be changed.


Private Lessons:

In addition to the Master Class, each Amateur will receive two 50-minute private lessons. The repertoire presented in private lessons is the individual’s choice. Participants may repeat the same piece played in the Master Class. Private Lessons are also the perfect time to discuss personal musical and technical matters in greater details. Additional private lessons may be possible at extra cost and should be arranged directly with the guest artist/teacher. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of all private lessons and his decisions are final.


Active Observers:

Active Observers besides attending all events listed on the schedule also receive two private lessons. Upon the recommendation of the artist/teacher, they may be selected to perform in one recital. This is a perfect way to get your “feet wet!” For all of us the first steps are very difficult, so we encourage you to initiate your future piano studies by preparing and participating as an Active Observer.


General Observers:

This Program is suitable for those who just started piano again after many years of absence or for those who would love to start again but do not know how to approach the subject. You will meet many amateurs and they will encourage and support you. During the program, General Observers are welcome to approach any artist/teacher of their choice for private lessons at an additional cost. We also welcome music lovers of all ages and background to any or all or portions of the Festival.



Recitals are scheduled during the program to give everyone the chance to perform. The repertoire is entirely free choice and playing from memory is not mandatory. All recitals are open to the public.


Practice Facilities:

Practice rooms with grand pianos are assigned to each performing Amateur. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of practice times and rooms. Active Observers will have priority to practice rooms with upright pianos. All practice rooms are open 24 hours a day.



PianoTexas will utilize two TCU dormitories this summer. Waits Hall, conveniently located right

next to the music building, is newly renovated offering spacious bedrooms with semi-private baths, comfortable lounges, large common kitchens and laundry facilities. All rooms are equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave, and phone jacks. Carter 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. 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. There are several restaurants and a grocery store within walking distance, along with a limited number of on-campus dining options located in the newly constructed University Union. The cost of single rooms (per person per night) will be $45

and includes all linens. A limited number of double rate rooms are available only to married

couples and those participants staying with a family member (parent or sibling.) Please contact

Mrs. Kristen Queen to coordinate reservations and payments for double rate rooms. For more details on dormitory accommodations and facilities please visit visit TCU Residential Services.


Program Fees:

  • Performers - $800
    If selected for concerto performance – additional $500
  • Active Observers - $450
  • General Observers - $250

Application Deadlines:

  • Performers:
    March 1, 2010 postmarked (U.S.A. and other countries)
  • Active Observers:
    April 19, 2010
  • General Observers:
    May 24, 2010