Young Artists Program

Performers: June 3 to 30, 2019

Active and General Observers: June 8 to 30, 2019

24 selected performers will receive 

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Guest Artists: 

Philippe Bianconi

Rachel Cheung

Bernd Goetzke

Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Yoheved Kaplinsky

Vincent Larderet

Harold Martina

Emile Naoumoff

John Owings

Pascal Rogé

Tamás Ungár

Arie Vardi


and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra


Who Can Apply?

Performers: Born on or after July 1, 1991
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:

Friday, March 1, 2019 for Performers


Wednesday, May 1, 2019 for Active and General Observers


About the Young Artists Program:

Highly challenging and stimulating, PianoTexas has achieved the distinction as one of the leading summer piano programs worldwide. Since 1981, the Young Artists Program has emerged as a destination event for gifted young pianists aspiring to become future concert artists. Some of our alumni include Eric Lu (Leeds International Piano Competition, 2018), Szymon Nehring (Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, 2017), Kenny Broberg, (Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 2017), Beatrice Rana and Sean Chen (Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 2013), and Li Yundi (Chopin International Piano Competition, 2000). It is an intensive program that provides invaluable experience of studying and interacting with esteemed musicians and presents wonderful opportunities for wide range of performance venues.

Applications are received from many countries, and, after a stringent selection process by a jury, 24 performers are invited to participate. A particular warm welcome is extended to them from the Fort Worth community, and for 28 days they are completely immersed in the world of piano music. PianoTexas is well organized and geared to provide the maximum benefit for all participants. The superb facilities of the TCU School of Music that includes two concert halls (with internet live streaming capability), teaching studios and practicing rooms together with the numerous venues of the Community Concert Series contribute greatly to the success of the program. All performing participants experience significant growth and new insights that last for many years. So, we welcome you to PianoTexas for a life changing program.

Important Notice: The selected 24 Young Artists must accept the rules and conditions that come with receiving a full scholarship for PianoTexas. Besides the high level of performances that is expected at all times, these specially invited participants must agree to attend all master classes, private lessons, Distinguished Artist Series, the Concerto Evenings and “Conversations with Guest Artists”. The mission of the Festival is to provide a professional experience as part of training for a demanding career. PianoTexas will provide a contract which clearly indicates what is expected from the Young Artist participants. We will request that you sign this contract as part of your understanding of your responsibilities. When signed it will completely indicate your understanding and compliance of the rules and regulations for the duration of the Festival.

The Program:



Support and guidance provided by Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

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 our Young Artists participants. Six performers will be selected to perform during the two Concerto evenings when they will present a complete concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.


In 2019 we are introducing a new element to this important aspect of the Festival. Young Artists will have the opportunity to completely concentrate on their selected concerto from their arrival on June 3. Rehearsals with a second piano will be scheduled and a concerto competition will be organized on June 7 and 8 to select the performers for the Concerto Evening Concerts.

Concerto Evenings with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra,
conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Sunday, June 23 and Sunday, June 30

We strongly encourage the performers of the Young Artists Program to participate in the concerto competition. Repertoire must be chosen from the list below. 

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, 4 and 5
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No.1
Brahms: Concertos Nos.1 and 2
Ravel: Concerto in G major
Rachmaninoff: Concertos Nos.2 and 3
Prokofiev: Concertos No.2 and 3

Please note that returning participants are limited to appear with the orchestra only once every four years.

Required Repertoire for participation during the Festival:

PianoTexas is committed to present a challenging and satisfying professional experience for all performers. Accordingly, it is expected that the selected Young Artists performers prepare three substantial and several smaller works in addition to the complete concerto from the concerto list for their performances during the Festival.  When selecting your repertoire, please keep in mind that the theme of the 2019 is French Music and our hope is that at least one of the works prepared will be by a French composer. All works presented should be memorized and represent the best artistic abilities of the performer. For information on repertoire requirements for audition videos, please see the application information page.


Young Artists who are invited as performers are required to participate in the recitals presented by PianoTexas. These performances on the TCU campus are sponsored by piano companies who support our programs. They are open to the general public and are streamed over the Internet. Creating a real festival atmosphere for our community, PianoTexas also presents a Community Recital Series in museums, churches and retirement homes. Please keep in mind that each selection for public recitals will be limited to twelve (12) minutes.



Master Classes:

Each performer will be allocated to play in two master classes, each with different guest artists. Only compositions of substantial length will be accepted. For example, a single étude by Chopin or a préludeby Rachmaninoff is not considered substantial. A group of études or préludes is, therefore, permissible. Sonatas and larger works comprising of a group of pieces should be prepared in their entirety. As 2019 PianoTexas is presenting “The French Impression”, it is expected that performers bring at least one work representing French composers. Repertoire for the other master class may be a personal selection and both solo and concerto repertoire are acceptable. Master Classes are open to the general public, they are also recorded and are streamed through the Internet. Therefore, all the works must be performed from memory and a high level of professional performance is expected. 

Private Lessons: 

Each performer and active observer will receive three private lessons, each with different guest artists. The repertoire for private lessons is free personal choice. These lessons are also the perfect time to discuss 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, depending on the availability of the guest artists and 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" using a format of an informal interview followed by a question and answer session. It is an excellent opportunity for our guest artists and participants to have constructive interactive dialogues on such important subjects as the music profession, careers, recording, competitions, music styles, performing, and practicing.  These increasingly popular sessions provide an excellent platform for everyone to learn and to discover different aspects of a musician’s life in an informal setting.

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 as well as to attend numerous recitals and “Conversation” sessions. Active observers’ tuition includes three private lessons and by recommendation of the guest artist a performance opportunity on a recital will be offered.

Practice Facilities:

PianoTexas has been extremely fortunate to collaborate with major piano companies to provide excellent instruments for our concert halls and practice rooms. This collaboration allows each invited performer access to a grand piano and scheduled practice time will be arranged. Active Observers will also have access to practice rooms. All practice rooms are available 24 hours a day. 

Accommodations and Meals:

All accommodations in TCU dormitories are conveniently located close to the School of Music. They are 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. Reasonable meal plans in the University’s cafeteria are combined with the accommodations. Numerous restaurants are also situated within easy walking distance.

PianoTexas requires that all Young Artists under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. According to TCU requirements accompanying parents and guardians must also apply as general observers to be eligible to stay in the university dormitory. 

Application Fee:

Performers: $100
Active or General Observers: $75

Program Fee: 

Performers – $2,000 (Full Tuition Scholarship will be offered to invited Young Artist participants)
Active Observers - $850
General Observers - $500

Accommodation and Meals:

June 3 - July 1: Single Room with Meal Plan - $1,876.00
June 3 - July 1: Double Room with Meal Plan - $1,456.00

June 8 - July 1: Single Room with Meal Plan - $1,541.00
June 8 - July 1: Double Room with Meal Plan - $1,196.00

Application Procedure: 

Please use links to Application page.
Application to PianoTexas is through the online platform of “Acceptd”.
The form and required supporting material must be completed online.
For any application problems please use their “green help” link button

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