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The Music of Franz Schubert (January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828)




Young Artists Program (June 7 - July 1):

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, 1983 are eligible to apply as performers. The observers program is open to all ages, and has two categories: active observers who will receive private lessons, and general observers who will attend as listeners only.


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2012 Guest Artists:

Paul Badura-Skoda

Inon Barnatan

Marvin Blickenstaff

David Brock

Jesus Castro-Balbi

Akiko Ebi

José Feghali

Leon Fleisher

Katherine Jacobson Fleisher

Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Yoheved Kaplinsky

Gloria Lin

Harold Martina

John Owings

Simone Pedroni

Matti Raekallio

Yeoleum Son

Tamás Ungár

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra


Young ArtistsThe Festival:

After the success of our 30th Anniversary program that focused on Beethoven, we are proud to continue this format with the music of Franz Schubert. Each of the recitals by our guest artists Paul Badura-Skoda, Inon Barnatan, Akiko Ebi, Simone Pedroni, and Yeuleum Son will present a major work by this great composer. A concert with Leon Fleisher, Katherine Jacobson Fleisher will feature works for four hands and Harold Martina and Tamás Ungár will perform the complete piano trios. It is unfortunate that Schubert did not write piano concertos, however we have provided a large list of repertoire for the Young Artists Concerto Competition with the winners performing with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Miguel Harth-Bedoya (Artistic Director of the FWSO) and Leon Fleisher.


The Academy:

In 2012 the focus will be the works of Franz Schubert. Any of his piano works will be welcome and greatly encouraged in both master classes and private lessons. At the same time we also invite repertoire of other composers. The chamber music sessions will feature the two trios and quintet of Schubert together with other selected repertoire and for the first time in the history of PianoTexas we are introducing collaboration with voice through the selection of Schubert's wonderful lieder.



Concerto Performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra:

Conductors: Miguel Harth-Bedoya (June 24) – Leon Fleisher (July 1)

Of paramount importance in preparing for a performing career is to have opportunities to perform 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. 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 (concerto list). 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 16 - 17. A jury comprising of our guest artists will select a total of six winners, each of whom who will play in special concerto master classes, rehearsal with FWSO, and perform in the then the formal concerto performance.


Young ArtistsYoung Artists Recitals:

PianoTexas Festival presents numerous opportunities for Young Artists to perform in recitals 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, retirement communities and private homes. Choice of repertoire is free, and concertos (accompanists are provided) may be included (only when performing at TCU). The Executive Director is responsible for all programming decisions.


Master Classes (solo repertoire):

The heart of PianoTexas Academy is the presentation of master classes by eminent guest artists. These sessions 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 or a prelude by Rachmaninoff is not considered as substantial for master classes, whereas a group of etudes or preludes is permissible; all sonatas must be prepared in their entirety. We strongly encourage participants to submit piano works of Schubert as we endeavor to focus on his music. It is our hope especially to present the last three of his sonatas. In order to allow greater variety and flexibility we also welcome works by other composers including concertos. All works must be performed from memory in master classes and recitals. Participants may submit a request for specific guest artists for their master classes and private lessons together with an explanation. Although PianoTexas will endeavor to honor such requests within reason, due to numerous factors there are no guarantees, and the Executive Director's decisions are final.


Young Artists 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 extra cost and depending on the availability of the guest artists. These should be discussed and arranged directly between the participants and the guest artists.




Chamber Music Program:

Since 2005, the chamber music program has taken an increasingly important role in the Academy. The program is coordinated by Jesús Castro-Balbi, member of the TCU School of Music faculty. He is responsible for the selection of the participating strings through rigorous process that involves numerous teachers and institutions. He is also in charge of the selection of groups and their schedule from rehearsing, coaching, master classes and ultimate performances. In 2012 for the first time we will also include the art of accompanying through the marvelous world of Schubert's lieder. Professor David Brock will coordinate this part of the chamber music program. Participation in these master classes is not mandatory, but strongly recommended. Interested applicants should submit their choice of repertoire from the list provided (Chamber Music – Lieder), 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 beginning of April. Based on submitted audition recordings, six pianists will be chosen for chamber music with strings and three for lieder.


Presentations and Lectures:

We are proud to feature the distinguished Marvin Blickenstaff in our presentations on performance and pedagogical topics while David Brock will concentrate on the art of accompaniment in Schubert's lieder. Our "Conversations with the Artists" have become an important feature of the Festival. We have invited all the guest artists to share their perspective on Schubert and other various music topics such as style, technique, and the art of performing during an informal session. Attendance to these events 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 recitals 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 General Observer, practically everyone is welcome to attend, whether partial or for the entire duration. 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:

In 2011 we were fortunate to have the collaboration of the Rockley Family Foundation as they provided of pianos for PianoTexas. We hope to continue this collaboration which allowed each participant access to a grand piano with scheduled for no less than five hours of practice time per day. Active Observers may also have access to 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.



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. 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. All options regarding accommodations will be announces at a later date. Please return to our website for this information.



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. Request for scholarship must be accompanied by a letter from a respected musician stating the reasons. A limited number of host families may be available to assist Young Artists who are in financial need. But to obtain maximum benefit from the program we highly encourage everyone to stay in the TCU dormitory.


Application Deadlines:

  • Performers: February 22, 2012 - online and postmarked (worldwide)
  • Active and General Observers: April 25, 2012 – online and postmarked (worldwide)
  • All tuition and accommodation payments must be completed by May 1, 2012







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