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This is 2011 – an important year.


It celebrates the 30th anniversary of PianoTexas International Academy & Festival.


Thirty years ago, in 1981, “The TCU/Van Cliburn Piano Master Classes and Workshops” were born, during the sixth Van Cliburn Piano Competition. Although small in scale, this venture benefited a group of serious piano students because the master classes were given by the distinguished members of the Cliburn Competition.


With its initial success, it was renamed “The TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute” and remained part of the quadrennial Cliburn Competition. Then, in 1990 it became an independent annual, international music festival and workshop growing with great momentum. In 2006, to describe it more accurately, it was renamed the “Piano Texas International Academy and Festival”. During these thirty years it continued to grow in stature and expanded with great momentum and innovative programming. Today it is one of the most esteemed and significant international summer workshops and festivals for the most talented young, aspiring pianists of the world. It has two distinct components – The Festival and the Academy.


The Festival is renowned for its Distinguished Artist Recital Series, given by the world's leading pianists, who also serve as the faculty of the Academy. Further, students selected through competitive auditions have the opportunity to play concertos with the Fort Worth Symphony. Since 2005 the Chamber Music Program has become an important part of the Festival and offers opportunities for guest artists and student participants. To provide additional performing opportunities, The Academy arranges concerts for the students not only on the TCU campus, but as part of its outreach diversity in museums, churches and even in retirement homes.


The Academy consists of three programs – The Young Artists, The Teachers, and The Amateurs.


The Young Artists Program is designed for highly gifted and aspiring young pianists. It focuses on the art and skills of being a professional performer. The program is intensive and competitive. Participants are given a wide spectrum of exposures of performing in public - master classes, solo recitals, chamber music with string quartet, and concerto performances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (the host orchestra to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition).


Much less competitive and shorter in duration, yet no less inspiring or intensive, are the Teachers and the Amateurs programs. With the same richness in offerings, teachers and amateurs participants have numerous opportunities to perform as well as to study in master classes and private lessons. Encouragement and support are the two prime principles of these programs, serving well the teachers and adult nonprofessional pianists of all ages whose main goal is to improve and to widen their horizon. All participants come away energized and with renewed enthusiasm, looking very much forward to the next year.


In addition, the Academy presents a series of lecture demonstrations, often featuring eminent pedagogues. “Meet the artist” sessions with guest artists in an informal setting are always popular among participants, as they give insights into the professional world with dialogues and questions & answers. More in-house discussion sessions, hosted by the executive director, explore different topics and encourage participants to express their thoughts and to exchange ideas. The mingling of the Young Artists, Teachers, and Amateurs programs generates astounding diversity, often witnessing amazing friendships, encompassing a wide range of age differences and backgrounds. Overall, PianoTexas prides itself for its supreme standard and its energizing, friendly, and caring atmosphere, bringing together performers and listeners from around the world to fill the “Piano Town” Fort Worth with the joyous celebration of classical piano music.


PianoTexas International Academy & Festival is presented by the TCU School of Music, in collaboration with the Van Cliburn Foundation and the Fort Worth Symphony Association.


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Hailed as one of the top summer piano festivals in the world, PianoTexas has been enriching the lives of Fort Worth residents and visitors for over 30 years.


Special Notes from Tamás Ungár


Past Festivals

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PianoTexas International Academy & Festival

TCU Box 297456

Fort Worth, Texas 76129

Tel: 817.257.7456

Fax: 817.257.0178

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