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The Art of the Piano Concerto

Young Artists Program
May 17 - June 9, 2013






Who Can Apply?
Performers: Born on or after July 1, 1985
Observers: No age limit. All are welcome.

Please read Application Procedures before applying.

Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult enrolled as a general observer.


Application Deadline: Monday, Feb 18, 2013


About Young Artists Program:

Highly challenging and stimulating, the PianoTexas Young Artists Program has achieved distinction as one of the leading summer piano programs worldwide. Combined with the opportunity to attend the complete Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Young Artists Program offers aspiring young pianists intensive training and performing opportunity at a professional level. With a diversity of programming, this is a demanding program providing the invaluable experience of studying and interacting with esteemed musicians, some of whom the jury members of the Cliburn Competition.


Required Repertoire:

Young Artists will be expected to perform two substantial solo works in two separate master classes. In addition, a complete concerto from the concerto list will be required for a special concerto master class (see below). Young Artists may also prepare additional pieces for public performances and private lessons (Programing of participant recitals will be at the discretion of the Artistic Director). Keep in mind that each selection for public recitals will be limited to ten minutes. Shorter works (preludes and fugues, etudes, etc.) should be prepared in sets long enough to provide the greatest opportunity for learning. All works presented should be memorized as well as represent the best artistic abilities of the pianist. For information on repertoire requirements for audition videos, please see the application information page.


2012 Guest Artists:

For a complete listing, please see Guest Artists page.


Young ArtistsThe Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition:
The Competition will take place May 24-June 9, 2013, at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall. It welcomes 30 successful competitors to Texas, after a very stringent selection process. Continuing its long-standing commitment to new music, the Cliburn Competition has appointed composer Christopher Theofanidis for his commissioned work to be performed by the semifinalists. These semifinalists will also collaborate with the Brentano String Quartet performing piano quintets. The grand finale of the Competition will be the concerti with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performed by the six finalists, under the baton of Maestro Leonard Slatkin. All participants in the Young Artists Program will attend all rounds of the Competition. Tickets will be available through PianoTexas upon your confirmation to attend the program. Please see details of cost at end of page.

(Only participants of this program are eligible to purchase Cliburn Competition tickets through this website. For non-participants, please order your tickets through


Master Classes and Private Lessons:
All performers in the Young Artists Program will perform in two master classes and receive two 50 minutes private lessons. Active observers will receive two private lessons only. Pieces performed in master classes must be from memory and at performance level. All master classes are open to the public. The program will accept 18 performers. A limited number of active observers will be accepted based on their level and recommendations.


Young ArtistsPiano Concerto:

Of paramount importance in a performing career is the concerto repertoire. PianoTexas is the only summer festival in the world that presents two concerts exclusively devoted to promoting six Young Artists performing complete concertos with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. However, in the 2013 program, due to the Cliburn Competition, there will be no performance with the orchestra. Regardless, concerto still remains as a vital component and emphasis. Each performer will be required to prepare a complete concerto to be played in master class. In addition, Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony, will give a special master class focusing on the technique and the art of collaboration with an orchestra.



All young artist performers are required to perform in recitals. Active observers will also have such opportunity upon recommendation by their private lesson teachers. Venues for these events will include TCU performance halls, Steinway Hall, the Modern Museum, as well as community centers around the Fort Worth area.


Symposia and Seminars:
These sessions provide valuable information and insights into the classical music industry and its future. Topics are widely varied and highly interesting. Featured guests will include members of the jury, Maestro Leonard Slatkin, composer Christopher Theofanidis, music critics, concert managers, and special guests of the Cliburn Competition.


Lectures and Discussions:
Lecture presentations on such important subjects as music styles and up-to-date information on the art of recordings will be hosted by various guest artists. Our increasingly popular discussion sessions will provide excellent platform for everyone to exchange ideas, in particular on the subject of “competitions” in an informal setting.



Young Artists

Active and General Observers:
PianoTexas warmly welcomes observers of all ages. This is a great opportunity to witness teaching by many different artists of international standing, to watch the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, as well as to attend numerous lectures and symposia. Active observers’ tuition includes 2 private lessons as well as performance opportunity on recitals.


Practice Facilities:
PianoTexas is once again grateful for the Rockley Family Foundation who has graciously offered to provide a number of grand pianos for use by participants during the Festival. Scheduled practice time will be arranged for each performer. All performers will have access to rooms with grand pianos. Active observers are most welcome to use such practice facilities when not occupied by performers. There are also a number of practice rooms with upright pianos, open and free for everyone to practice. All practice rooms are open 24 hours a day.


Accommodations and Meals:
Waits Hall dormitory is conveniently located right next to the music building. It is fully air-conditioned, with comfortable lounges, large common kitchens, laundry rooms, and spacious bedrooms. Although many include a shared en suite bathroom, most occupants will share conveniently located communal bathrooms. All bedrooms are equipped with linens and towels, a small refrigerator and a microwave. University cafeteria and other food places are all within easy walking distance. Accompanying parents or guardians of young participants must themselves apply as general observers to be eligible to stay in the dormitory. Please see costs below for more details.


There will be comfortable, air conditioned bus transportation between the TCU campus and Bass Performance Hall where the Cliburn Competition will take place. Bus schedule will be provided upon registration. PianoTexas is pleased to make this service available to all participants. Please see costs below for more details. Bus transport to and from all rounds of competition: $150 (includes simple sandwich lunch on most days). For those who wish to drive their own vehicle, very limited parking is available downtown for around $15 per day.


Program Tuition Fees:
Performer: $900
(All performers selected will receive a full tuition scholarship)
Active observer: $520
General observer: $320


Tuition Fees do not include room and board, transportation, or admission to the Cliburn Competition.

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: (all rounds)

Upper Balcony seating: $344 (includes PianoTexas 20% discount)
Special Reserved Mezzanine seating: $688 (includes PianoTexas 20% discount)

Other seating locations are available for purchase through the Cliburn Competition website.


Dormitory Accommodations:

Check-in on May 17, check-out morning of June 9.


Single Room including linens: $1392

Double Room including linens: $1152/person


Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult enrolled as a general observer.








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