Amateurs Program

June 19 - 30, 2019

“The French Impression”
A celebration of the Great French composers
and their glorious piano music.

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Guest Artists: 

Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Vincent Larderet

Harold Martina

Emile Naoumoff

John Owings

Andrey Ponochevny

Igor Resnianski

Tamás Ungár

Arie Vardi

and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra



 Application Deadline:

Friday, March 1, 2019 for Performers


Tuesday, May 1, 2019 for Active and general Observers

Please read Application Procedures before applying

Regardless of age, profession and background, as long as you are a non-professional pianist who enjoys music and loves playing the piano, this Amateurs Program is ideal for you. It is designed for someone with an aspiration to keep learning and to experience the art of performing. Depending on the different levels and objectives of each individual, the program can be fun and entertaining or intensive and demanding, or both. Since the inception of PianoTexas’ Amateurs Program in 1996, participants have returned repeatedly with new repertoire and growing confidence, not to mention the remarkable progress they demonstrate year after year. The camaraderie with other amateurs and teachers creates a friendly atmosphere and a wonderful experience. You have a choice of attending as Performer, Active Observer or General Observer. We believe that PianoTexas has the program that is just right for you, ask and we will respond. So join us - become a student again - and be inspired and share your love of music with fellow piano enthusiasts.

Continuing the established procedure, in 2019 an International Jury will to select performers for the Amateurs Program based on submitted video or audio recordings. 18 performers will be selected and upon their recommendation will be invited by the Executive Director.

Concerto Performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra 
Performance date: June 25

Performers in the Amateurs Program may participate in the Concerto Competition. Each competitor is limited to play either one or two movements of a concerto provided that the total duration does not exceed 18 minutes. Rehearsals with a second piano will be scheduled and selected winners will perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The jury will comprise of Akiko Ebi, Andrey Ponochevny and Igor Resnianski.

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



Participants are highly encouraged to perform in the Amateurs recitals presented by the PianoTexas Festival. The main venue for these performances is the PepsiCo Recital Hall, on the TCU campus. Sponsored by different piano companies these are open to the public and are streamed over the Internet. Participants will be also invited to perform in the Community Concert Series arranged in museums, churches and retirement homes. The repertoire is entirely free choice and playing from memory is not required. Keep in mind that pieces selected for these public recitals will have to be limited to less than twelve (12) minutes. The Executive Director is responsible for all programs, selecting both performers and repertoire, and his decision is final. 

Master Classes: 

Throughout the history of PianoTexas, the master class format has become very popular in all the programs and undoubtedly it is the best way to communicate ideas that are beneficial to all. Each performing teacher will receive one master class with a distinguished guest artist. Memorizing is completely optional. In order to allow greater variety and flexibility in balancing the repertoire, we request all participants to provide a minimum of two pieces (a concerto that is not submitted for the concerto competition may be included) with their application. As 2019 PianoTexas presents “The French Impression” representing some of the greatest works by French composers we hope that some of the repertoire presented by the performers will reflect our theme. A work presented during the master class could be used in private lessons as well as in concerts, however we do encourage a variety of repertoire for different occasions. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of master classes and the repertoire, and his decision is final.


Private Lessons: 

In addition to the master class, each performing teacher will receive two 50 minute private lessons. 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 decision is 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" 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 popular sessions provide an excellent platform for everyone to learn and to discover different aspects of a musician’s life in an informal setting. We encourage all participants to attend.


Active Observers: 

Understandably, there are teachers who do not perform frequently, who would love to advance their skills, but feel somewhat anxious by the idea of performing in public. We welcome you as Active Observers; you will receive two 50-minute private lessons. Works presented for these lessons may be the same or different, memorizing is optional and the repertoire is entirely free choice. The Executive Director is responsible for allocating these private lessons, and his decision is final.


General Observers: 

This status is not restricted to piano teachers alone. All music lovers are invited to apply as General Observers that allows access to all events listed on the calendar. Private lessons may be possible at additional cost, depending on the availability of the guest artists and should be discussed and arranged directly between the participants and the guest artists.


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. Each performer of the Amateurs Program will have access to a grand piano and the schedule for their practice times will be posted at the beginning of the program. Active Observers will also have access to practice rooms. Practice rooms are available 24 a day. 


Accommodation and Meal Plans: 

All accommodations in TCU dormitories are conveniently located close to the music building. They are 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. Reasonable meal plans are combined with the accommodations that ensure an enjoyable time to allow for full concentration on music. Numerous restaurants are also situated within easy walking distance.


Application Fee:

Performers: $100
Active or General Observers: $75


Program Fee: 

Performers - $900 (additional $300 if selected to perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra)
Active Observers - $600
General Observers - $300


Accommodation and Meals: 

June 19 - July 1: Single Room with Meal Plan - $804.00
June 19 - July 1: Double Room with Meal Plan - $624.00

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.

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