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Young Artists Program (June 2 – June 28)


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Since 1981, PianoTexas International Academy & Festival has established itself as one of the most esteemed summer programs in the world. The Young Artists Program is a highly intensive and challenging program for gifted and serious young pianists aspiring to be future concert artists. All pianists born on or after July 1, 1982 are eligible to apply as performers. The observers program is open to all ages and has two categories: active observers who receive private lessons, and general observers who attend as listeners only.


2011 Guest Artists:

Paul Badura-Skoda

Malcolm Bilson

José Feghali

Leon Fleisher

Adam Golka

Yoheved Kaplinsky

John Lill

Harold Martina

John O’Conor

John Owings

Igor Resnianski

Antti Siirala

Christopher Taylor

Nelita True

Tamás Ungár

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya  (Conductor)

Leon Fleisher (Conductor) 


Young ArtistsThe Festival: The complete 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas will be presented in eight recitals by our guest artists Paul Badura-Skoda, Malcom Bilson, Adam Golka, John Lill, John O’Conor, John Owings, Antti Siirala, and Christopher Taylor. Six selected Young Artists will perform Beethoven Concerti, including the Triple Concerto, with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in two concerts, with Miguel Harth-Bedoya (Artistic Director of the FWSO) and Leon Fleisher.


The Academy: All piano works of Beethoven will be greatly encouraged in both master classes and private lessons, while lectures and discussions will also focus on Beethoven.


Concerto Performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra:

Conductors: Miguel Harth-Bedoya (June 21) – Leon Fleisher (June 28)

Of paramount importance in a performing career is the exposure of performing concertos. PianoTexas is the world’s only summer festival that generously features six Young Artists in performances with a professional orchestra, allowing each to perform a complete concerto (all movements). Since 1991 the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the host orchestra of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, has collaborated with PianoTexas in presenting piano concerti with a wide ranging repertoire. However, in 2011, with our special celebration, the concerto repertoire will be EXCLUSIVELY Beethoven. All Young Artists performers are required to take part in the concerto competition. An official accompanist will be provided and the competition will take place on June 10 – 11. A jury comprised of our guest artists will select a total of six winners, each of whom who will play in a special concerto master class, one rehearsal with the FWSO, and culminating in the formal concerto performance.


Young ArtistsYoung Artists Recitals:

PianoTexas Festival presents numerous opportunities for Young Artists to perform in recital and all performing Young Artists are expected to participate. Recitals are organized not only on the TCU campus (PepsiCo Recital Hall) but also in churches, museums and private homes around the community. 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.


Master Classes (solo repertoire):

The heart of PianoTexas Academy has been the presentation of master classes by eminent guest artists. These are the best possible forum to disseminate knowledge with the maximum benefit for our participants. Each Young Artist will be allocated to play in three master classes, each with a different guest artist. A minimum of four works of substantial length and importance should be submitted with application. For example, one etude by Chopin is not considered as a substantial piece for the master class, whereas a group of several etudes is permissible; and sonatas must be in their entirety. New in 2011: All performing applicants must submit at least one sonata by Beethoven in their repertoire list. PianoTexas will endeavor to select as many of these sonatas for the master class session in the hope of presenting all of the 32. Other works by Beethoven are also greatly encouraged. However, in order to allow greater variety and flexibility, works by other composers including concerti are welcomed. All works must be performed from memory in master classes and recitals. Special request for specific guest artists may be submitted along with explanation for reasons. Although PianoTexas will endeavor to honor such requests, due to numerous factors there is no guarantee. The Executive Director’s decisions are final.


Young Artists Chamber Music Program:

Rehearsals, Coachings, Master Classes and Performances

with special guest Robert McDonald
Repertoire: Beethoven - VIolin and Cello Sonatas and Piano Trios

Since 2005, the chamber music program has taken an increasingly important role in the Academy. Each year we feature an eminent artist who has contributed significantly to the art of chamber music. Jesús Castro-Balbi, member of the TCU School of Music faculty, will be our chamber music coordinator. Participation in these master classes is not mandatory, but strongly recommended. Interested applicants must submit a Piano Trio, Violin or Cello Sonata of their choice along with their application. They may submit more than one work, and the Executive Director will make the final decision. Announcement of the Young Artists selected for the chamber music will be posted online by the end of April. Only six to nine pianists will be chosen for this opportunity based on their submitted audition recording.


Private Lessons:

In addition to the master classes, each Young Artists performer will receive three 50-minute private lessons. These private lessons are best suited for the discussion of personal musical and technical matters in detail. The repertoire presented in private lessons is entirely free choice and need not be submitted beforehand nor played from memory. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of all private lessons and his decisions are final. Additional private lessons may be possible at an additional cost and depending on the availability of the guest artists. These should be discussed and arranged directly between the participants and the guest artists.


Presentations and Lectures:

We are proud to feature the distinguished Nelita True in our presentations and lectures. Other special lectures on Beethoven will be presented by Malcolm Bilson and Paul Badura-Skoda. In addition, we are honored to have Leon Fleisher, John O’Conor, John Lill, and Yoheved Kaplinsky, who will share their perspective on Beethoven during our discussion sessions in an informal setting. Other sessions will be planned to share and to delve into various music topics such as style, technique, methods and the art of teaching. Attendance is mandatory for all Young Artists performers, and highly encouraged for all other participants.


Young ArtistsActive Observers:

There is no age limit in this category and all pianists are welcome to apply. Active Observers will receive three private lessons and they may perform in one of the recital sessions upon the recommendation of the artist/teacher. For many, this program is an excellent way of joining our program actively without too much pressure and exposure.


General Observers:

As a General Observer, practically everyone is welcome to attend, whether for part or the entire duration of the 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 must apply as General Observers to be eligible to stay in the dormitory.


Practice Facilities:

Practice rooms with grand pianos are assigned to each performing Young Artists. Active Observers may also have access to these practice rooms. A specific practice schedule will be provided upon arrival. All Young Artists performers will be scheduled for no less than six hours of practice time per day. 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.


We are pleased to announce our collaboration with the Rockley Family Foundation for the provision of pianos during the 2011 PianoTexas International Academy & Festival.



PianoTexas will utilize Waits Hall, a TCU dormitory that is conveniently located right next to the music buildings. Waits Hall is newly renovated and offers spacious bedrooms with semi-private baths, comfortable lounge areas, a large common kitchen and on-site laundry facilities. Each room is equipped with its own mini-refrigerator and small microwave. NEW!: The rate for a single room is $65 per night and includes linens and breakfast, lunch and dinner at the on-campus University Union. Those participants that would rather prepare their own meals or eat off-campus will pay a rate of $55 per night and includes linens. There are several restaurants and a large grocery store within walking distance. A limited number of double rate rooms are available only to married couples and those participants staying with a family member (parent, legal guardian or sibling.) 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. Important: All Young Artist participants under the age of 18 (as of 05/15/2011) must attend PianoTexas with a parent or legal guardian.


Chuifun PoonMeals:

There are several fast food places, diner type restaurants, and a large supermarket within walking distance, along with a few on-campus dining options located in the newly constructed University Union.


Program Fees:

  • Performers - $1,500
  • Active Observers - $850
  • General Observers - $500


Scholarships are available for Young Artists performers. Scholarships do not cover accommodations, meals, or travel expenses. Requests for scholarship must be accompanied by a letter from a respected musician supporting the necessity of scholarship. A very limited number of host families may be available to assist Young Artists who are in great financial need. However, to obtain maximum benefit from the program, we highly encourage everyone to stay in the TCU dormitory.


Application Deadlines:

  • Performers: March 1, 2011 - online and/or postmarked (worldwide)
  • Active Observers: April 25, 2011 – online and/or postmarked (worldwide)
  • General Observers: April 25, 2011 – online and/or postmarked (worldwide)







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