Young Artists Program
(June 2 - 26)

Our celebration of Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann

24 Young Artists who are selected as performers 
will receive FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP


Since 1981, PianoTexas International Academy & Festival has established itself as one of the most highly regarded summer programs in the world. The Young Artists Program is a highly challenging and demanding program for gifted young pianists aspiring to become future concert artists. Applications are received from many countries, and, after a stringent selection process, 24 are invited. A particular warm welcome is extended to them from the Fort Worth community, and for more than three weeks they are completely immersed in the world of piano music. The superb facilities of the TCU School of Music contribute greatly to the program and the functionality of the organization. All performing participants experience significant growth and new insights that last for many years. Come to PianoTexas for a life changing event.
 
Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Barry Douglas on June 19 in Ed Landreth Auditorium
The experience of performing with an orchestra is of paramount importance in building a career in the music profession. With this in mind, PianoTexas is one of a few International Festivals in the world that engages a professional orchestra to perform with selected participants. We strongly encourage the performers of the Young Artists Program to participate in the concerto competition. Rehearsals with a second piano will be scheduled and a distinguished jury will be assembled for the selection process. Three winners will be selected to perform their complete concertos with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Repertoire must be chosen from the list below.
Please note that returning participants are limited to appear with the orchestra only once every four years.
 
Concerto Repertoire List
Bach: All Concertos 
Haydn: Concerto in D major 
Mozart: All Concertos 
Beethoven: All Concertos 
Mendelssohn: Concertos Nos.1 and 2
Chopin: Concertos Nos.1 and 2
Schumann: Concerto in A minor
Grieg: Concerto in A minor
Liszt: Concertos Nos.1 and 2
Saint-Saëns: Concertos Nos.2 and 4
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No.1
Brahms: Concertos Nos.1 and 2
Rachmaninoff: Concertos Nos.2 and 3
Prokofiev: Concertos No.2 and 3
 
Recital
Young Artists who are admitted as performers are required to participate in the recitals presented by the PianoTexas Festival. These performances in the PepsiCo Recital Hall, sponsored by different piano companies open to the public and are streamed over the Internet. Creating a real festival atmosphere for our community, PianoTexas also arranges recitals in museums, churches and retirement homes. The Executive Director is responsible for all programming. He will select both performers and repertoire, and his decision is final. 
 
Master Classes 
Each performer will be allocated to play in three master classes, each with a different artist/teacher. Only compositions of substantial length will be accepted. For example, one single etude by Chopin or a prelude by Rachmaninoff is not considered as substantial. A group of etudes or preludes is therefore permissible. Sonatas and larger works with group of pieces should be prepared in their entirety. As 2016 PianoTexas is the year of Brahms and Schumann, therefore we request that participants bring at least one work representing these great composers. Repertoire for the other two master classes shall be a personal selection of each participant. Master Classes are recorded and are streamed through the Internet; therefore a high level of performance is expected and must be performed from memory. Both solo and concerto (not performed during the competition) repertoire are accepted for these master classes. 
 
Private Lessons
Each performer and active observer will receive three private lessons, each with a different artist/teacher. The repertoire for private lessons is free choice. These lessons are also the perfect time to discuss personal musical and technical matters in greater details. 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.
 
Conversations with Artists
A very popular program during the Festival is the "Conversations with Artists". In the format of informal interview followed by a question and answer session, these provide excellent opportunities for our guest artists and participants to have constructive interactive dialogues.  
 
Practice Facilities
PianoTexas has been extremely fortunate to collaborate with the major piano companies to provide excellent instruments for our concert halls and practice rooms. This collaboration allows each participant access to a grand piano with a schedule for no less than five hours of practice time per day. Active Observers will also have access to practice rooms. Specific practice schedule will be provided upon arrival. TCU practice rooms are available 24 a day. 
 
Accommodation 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, many occupants will share conveniently located communal bathrooms. All bedrooms are equipped with linens and towels, a small refrigerator and a microwave. An additional meal card is optional for the University Cafeteria; however other food places are all within easy walking distance.
 
PianoTexas requires that all Young Artists under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those accompanying these participants must also apply as general observers to be eligible to stay in the university dormitory. 
 
Program Fee 
Performers - $1,500 (Full Tuition Scholarship will be offered) 
Active Observers - $850
General Observers - $500
 
Accommodation Fees
We will post the accommodation fees in January 2016.
 
Scholarship
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 for those in financial need. But to obtain maximum benefit from the program we highly encourage everyone to stay in the TCU dormitory which is across from the music building.
 
Application Deadline
Performers: Monday, March 7, 2016 
Active and General Observers:  Monday, April 25, 2016 
All tuition and accommodation fees must be paid by Monday, May 9, 2016
 
Application Procedure 
Please use links to Application page.
Application to PianoTexas is through the online services of “Acceptd”.
The form and require supporting material must be completed on line.
For any application problems please use their “green help” link button.
 
For additional information regarding the program contact PianoTexas:
e-mail: infor-pianotexas@tcu.edu
Phone: 817-257-7456
 
Dr. Tamás Ungár, Executive Director
Dr. José Pablo Quesada, Director of Operations
 
PianoTexas Piano Academy &Festival
c/- School of Music, TCU
TCU Box 297456
Fort Worth, Texas 76129, USA

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