Young Artists Program
June 5-29, 2014


Since 1981, PianoTexas International Academy & Festival has established itself as one of the most prestigious 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 and exceptional teachers. All pianists born on or after July 1, 1986 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.


The 24 Young Artists who are selected and receive an invitation
to participate as performers in the
2014 PianoTexas International Academy & Festival


Young ArtistsThe Festival:
After the success of our 30th Anniversary program that focused on Ludwig van Beethoven, we presented Franz Schubert. In 2014 we will continue this format with “The Miracle of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart”.  The wealth of music from the pen of this genus allows for wonderful variety for programming. Concertos, solo and chamber works will be presented by world renowned artists and specially selected young artists. Please visit our Festival Schedule and join us for some of the most exquisite music written for the piano.


The Academy:
As the focus in 2014 will be the music of Mozart, we encourage our Young Artists to bring at least one of his works for their master classes or private lessons. At the same time we also invite repertoire of other composers. The chamber music sessions will feature Mozart’s Violin Sonatas, Piano Trios and Piano Quartets. World of Mozart’s Piano Concertos will also be explored through numerous performances.


Repertoire submitted as part of the application
may be changed until April, 15, 2014 .
After this date no changes will be allowed or accepted.




Concerto Performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra:
Of paramount importance in preparing for a performing career is to have opportunities to perform concertos. PianoTexas is the world's only major summer festival that features Young Artists in performances of a complete concerto with a professional orchestra. 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 utilizing the wide spectrum of music within this repertoire. While it is not mandatory to participate, we strongly urge all your artists to take part in the concerto competition. Previous winner of who have performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra are not eligible to participate in the competition, however, they can present their concerto in recitals and master classes. An official accompanist will be provided for the competition and all other performances. The Competition will take place on June 7 - 8 and a jury comprising of our guest artists and invited musicians will select performers to appear with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in two concerto evenings.


The following Piano Concertos will the repertoire for 2014:
Concerto No.9 in E-flat major, KV271 “Jeunhomme”
Concerto No.17 in G major, KV453
Concerto No.18 in B-flat major, KV456
Concerto No.19 in F major, KV459
Concerto No.20 in D minor, KV466
Concerto No.21 in C major, KV467
Concerto No.22 in E-flat major, KV482
Concerto No.23 in A major, KV488
Concerto No.24 in C minor, KV491
Concerto No.25 in C major, KV503
Concerto No.26 in D major, KV537 “Coronation”
Concerto No.27 in B-flat major, KV595

Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat major, KV365


Young Artists Recitals: Young Artists
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 but also in churches, museums, retirement communities and private homes. These recitals are sponsored by different piano companies who support our programs. Young Artists are responsible to be prepared to perform the repertoire they have listed in their application. The Executive Director is responsible for all programming decisions and he will select performers and repertoire (including concerto, solo and chamber music) for the recitals.


Master Classes:
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 the 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 should be prepared in their entirety. As the music of Mozart in 2014, we request one solo work by Mozart to be prepared, however, to allow for greater variety and flexibility we welcome works by other composers. 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.


Important Notice: by applying to PianoTexas, Young Artist participants agree to the requirement that they attend 20 master classes presented during the length of their program.


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.


Young ArtistsChamber 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. Participation in these master classes is not mandatory, but strongly recommended. For our Mozart celebration we will perform works for Violin Sonatas, Piano Trios and Piano Quartets. Interested applicants should submit their choice of repertoire with their application. Based on submitted audition recordings, limited number of pianists will be chosen for the chamber music program. The Executive Director together with the chamber music coordinator will choose the repertoire and their decision will be final. Announcement of the Young Artists selected for the chamber music program will be posted online by the beginning of April.


Interaction with Guest Artists:
During the Festival we have wonderful opportunities to interact with our guest artists. Over the years our "Conversations with the Artists" have become an important feature of the program. We have invited all the guest artists to share their perspective on Mozart and other various music topics such as style, technique, and the art of performing during an informal session. At the same time some of them will give more formal presentations including “The art of the Cadenza and Mozart’s ornamentation” by Paul Badura-Skoda.
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 and at the same time being completely part of all the events presented during the Festival.


General Observers:
No age limit is placed on this category and as General Observer, we welcome anyone to attend, whether partial or for the entire duration of the Festival. General Observers have access to all events listed on the schedule and 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:
Since 2011 PianoTexas has been extremely fortunate to collaborate with the Rockley Family Foundation as the provider of pianos for the concert halls and practice rooms. Continuing this collaboration will allow each participant access to a grand piano with a schedule 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.



Accommodations and Meals:Chuifun Poon
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.


Program Fees:

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

Accomodations Fees:

  • Single room with meals- $1,728
  • Single room without meals- $1,440
  • Double room with meals - $1,464
  • Double room without meals- $1,176



Full Tuition Scholarships will be provided to all invited Young Artists performers. Scholarships do not cover accommodations, meals, or travel expenses. 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: Monday. March 3, 2014
    – online and postmarked (worldwide)
  • Active and General Observers:  Monday, April 28, 2014
    – online and postmarked (worldwide)
  • All tuition and accommodation payments must be completed by
    Monday, May 19, 2014

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