2010 Young Artists (June 5 – June 29)

Eligibility as Performers: Born on or after July 1, 1982


Guest Artists:
Robert McDonald John Owings Tamás Ungár
Lilya Zilberstein The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra


Since 1981, PianoTexas International Academy & Festival has established itself as one of the most highly regarded summer programs in the world. The Young Artists Program is a highly challenging and demanding program for gifted young pianists aspiring to become future concert artists. Applications are received from many countries, and, after a stringent selection process, 24 are invited. A particular warm welcome is extended to them from the Fort Worth community, and for more than three weeks they are completely immersed in the world of piano music. The superb facilities of the TCU School of Music contribute greatly to the program and the functionality of the organization. All performing participants experience significant growth and new insights that last for many years. Come to PianoTexas for a life changing event.


Concerto Performance:

Of paramount importance in a performing career is the exposure of performing concertos with professional orchestras. PianoTexas is the only summer festival in the world that offers TWO evenings exclusively devoted to concertos, promoting six Young Artists in performance of complete concertos with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra - the host orchestra to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Prior to the concerts, a competition will be held with all performing Young Artists participating, playing their concertos with an official accompanist. This participation is mandatory. The jury will then select six winners to perform with the orchestra. Each of them will receive an individual session with the conductor plus one full rehearsal with the FWSO prior to their performances. Please refer to the comprehensive concerto repertoire list for choice of concertos. After the performances, and upon the recommendation of the conductor, the Gipson Prize (in honor of Dr. Richard C. Gipson, Director of the School of Music) and the Donovan Prize (in honor Dr. R. Nowell Donovan, Provost of TCU) will be awarded for the best performer on each night.


Master Classes:

Master Classes are the best possible forum to disseminate knowledge and to realize maximum benefit for the young pianists. Performing participants are allocated to play in three master classes, each with a different guest artist. In order to allow greater variety and flexibility in balancing the repertoire, all applicants must submit a minimum of four complete works (concertos may be included) during application. Entire works must be prepared for master class. However, the master class teachers may or may not listen to the whole composition. Request for certain guest artists may be considered if submitted in writing during application. While the Festival will try its best, there is no guarantee that these wishes will be granted. Master Class repertoire is to be performed from memory, and once confirmed there will be no change. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of master classes and repertoire, and his decisions are final.


Chamber Music:

Since 2005, the Chamber Music program has taken an increasingly important role in this Festival. Every year we feature an eminent artist who has contributed significantly to the art of chamber music playing. This year we present Robert McDonald and Daejin Kim as the guest artists in coaching. TCU’s cello faculty and chamber music coordinator, Jesús Castro-Balbi, is responsible for assembling the string players. Participation in the Chamber Music Master Class is optional. Young Artists wishing to participate should submit their choice of chamber work when applying. Standard repertoire for trios, quartets and quintets are accepted. Based on the audition selection rankings, between six to eight pianists will be chosen for this opportunity. After these master classes and upon the recommendation of the guest artists, a few chamber groups will perform in the recital hours. Announcement of the Young Artists selected for the Chamber Music program will be posted by May 1 on the website.


Private Lessons:

In addition to the Master Classes, each Young Artist will receive three 50-minute private lessons. The repertoire presented in private lessons is the individual’s choice and need not be submitted beforehand or be played from memory. They may play the same pieces they play in master classes or different. Private Lessons are also the perfect time to discuss personal musical and technical matters in detail. Additional private lessons may be possible at extra cost and should be arranged directly with the guest artists. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of all private lessons, and his decisions are final.



All pianists strive to communicate our music to audiences. Recitals are an important component of our program and all performing Young Artists are expected to take part. For a festive atmosphere, concerts will be arranged not only on the TCU campus (PepsiCo Recital Hall) but also in churches, museums and private homes. Choice of repertoire is free, and concertos may be included (only when performing at TCU) and accompanists are provided. The Executive Director is responsible for all programming decisions.


Active Observers:

There is no age limit for this program and all pianists are welcome to apply. Active Observers receive three private lessons and, by recommendation from the artist/teacher, they may perform on one of the recital hours. No audition recording is required with this application. For many, this program is an excellent way of joining our program actively without too much pressure and exposure.


General Observers:

As General Observer, everyone is welcome to attend, whether partial or entire program. They have access to all events listed on the schedule within the duration of their enrollment. General Observers may also approach any artist/teacher of their choice for private lessons at an additional cost. Accompanying parents or guardians of any Young Artist, especially the younger ones, who wish to attend the master classes must apply as General Observers.


Lectures and Presentations:

During the Festival we are featuring an important pedagogy personality, Barbara Lister-Sink. Ms Lister-Sink will present important lectures on several interesting and practical topics. Over the years, the diversity of these lectures has proven to be extremely beneficial and informative. All Young Artists are expected to attend.


Practice Facilities:

Practice rooms with grand pianos are assigned to each performing Young Artists. Active Observers may also have access to these practice rooms. Specific practice schedule will be provided upon arrival. Upright pianos are also available to everyone, including observers, on a first-come-first-served basis. 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 TCU Residential Services.


Program Fees:

              •  Performers - $1,200

              •  Active Observers - $750

           • General Observers - $350



Significant scholarships are available for all Young Artists performers. Scholarships do not cover accommodations, meals or travel expenses. A very limited number of host families may be available, but to obtain maximum benefit from the Program we highly encourage everyone to stay on campus in the TCU dormitory.


Application Deadlines:

              •  Performers:

                 March 1, 2010 postmarked (worldwide)
                           Send supporting material by courier (DHL, Fed Ex, UPS)


             •  Active Observers:

                 April 19, 2010 postmarked


             •  General Observers:

                 May 17, 2010 postmarked