Young Artists Program

May 17 - June 10 (Performers)
May 20 - June 10 (Observers)

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 Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Young Artists Program offers aspiring young pianists intensive training and performing opportunity at a professional level. This is a demanding program, providing an invaluable experience of learning and interacting with esteemed musicians, including jury members, orchestral and artist managers.
Guest Artists
Fabio Bidini | Arnaldo Cohen | Christopher Elton | Marc-André Hamelin | Stanislav Ioudenitch | Vadym Kholodenko | Harold Martina | Anne-Marie McDermott | Anton Nel | John Owings | Leonard Slatkin | Erik Tawaststjerna | Tamás Ungár
Program Description

Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Participants of the Young Artists Program, whether performers and observers, will attend the complete Cliburn Competition (May 25 - June 10)
This prestigious event welcomes 30 invited competitors after a very stringent selection process. Continuing its long-standing commitment to new music, the Cliburn has appointed pianist/composer Marc-André Hamelin for the commissioned work to be performed during the Preliminary round. The chamber music portion will be in collaboration with the Brentano String Quartet. Semifinal round will include Mozart Concerti conducted by Maestro Nicholas McGegan and the Final round will be the larger concerti with conductor Maestro Leonard Slatkin.
Performers – 24 Young Artists will be accepted (born on or after May 20, 1989)
Two master classes and two private lessons | Perform in recitals | Concerto Competition for the Concerto Master Class with Maestro Leonard Slatkin | Tuition Scholarships | Complimentary tickets to the complete Cliburn Competition
Active Observers  - Acceptance will be based on level and availability (no age limit)
Two private lessons | Perform in recitals upon recommendation by faculty teachers | Discount tickets to the complete Cliburn Competition
General Observers – All are welcome
Discount tickets to the complete Cliburn Competition 
Concerto Master Class with Leonard Slatkin - “The Art of Piano Concerto”
Of paramount importance in a performing career is the concerto repertoire. Every year, PianoTexas presents concerto concerts by Young Artists with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, due to the Cliburn Competition, there will be no performance with the orchestra. However, concerto still remains as our vital emphasis.
Young Artists Performers are encouraged to prepare a complete concerto, chosen from Concerto Repertoire List. A concerto competition will be held during the second week of the program, and three to four winners of this competition will perform for Slatkin’s master class. An official accompanist will be provided.
All young artist performers are required to perform in recitals. Active observers will also have such opportunity upon recommendation by faculty teachers. Venues will include TCU performance halls, the Modern Museum, churches and community centers in the Fort Worth area. All performances on TCU Campus are streamed worldwide.

Practice Facilities
There are sufficient practice rooms with grand pianos and upright pianos for everyone. Performers will have priority to grand pianos. Scheduled practice time will be arranged for both Performers and Active Observers. General Observers are also welcome to use any practice rooms when not occupied. All practice rooms are open 24 hours a day.
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, music critics, artist, concert, and orchestral 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 guests. 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.
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 most include a shared en-suite bathroom, some occupants will share conveniently located communal bathrooms. Only double rooms will be offered for the Young Artists Program. All bedrooms are equipped with linens and towels, a small refrigerator and a microwave. Meals are included in the room prices for the Piano Texas week, but they are not included during the Competition. Participants are responsible for getting their own meals from May 25-June 10.
Performers (Check-in: May 17 at 5pm. Check-out: June 11 at noon)
Double Room including linens: $1,474.00 /person
Active Observers (Check-in: May 20 at 1pm. Check-out: June 11 at noon)
Double Room including linens: $1,289/person
Buses for transportation between the TCU campus and Bass Performance Hall where the Cliburn Competition will take place will be arranged. PianoTexas is pleased to make this available to all participants. For those who wish to drive, limited parking space near the Bass Hall is available.
Tuition Fees (including local transportation to and from the Bass Performance Hall, but excluding accommodation and meals)
Performer: $350 (after $850 scholarship + complementary tickets given by The Cliburn)
Active observer: $650
General observer: $450
Application Deadline – February 20
Complete Competition Tickets
Reserved Mezzanine seating: $800 (at PianoTexas 20% discount)
Reserved Gallery: $480 (at PianoTexas 20% discount)

Announcement of the invited 24 performers will be on March 7. 2017
After the payment of the Tuition and Accommodation fees, PianoTexas will provide a promo code for the purchase of discounted Cliburn Competition tickets. This option is only available for enrolled participants until March 21, 2017.
Please read Application Procedures before applying. 

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