PianoTexas Juniors Program

June 11 – 21, 2020

PianoTexas International Festival & Academy encourages
the teachers of the selected Junior Performers to accompany them
and share in the PianoTexas experience.


Dang Thai Son


Yoheved Kaplinsky


Pascal Nemirovski


Harold Martina


John O’Conor


John Owings


Andrey Ponochevny


Igor Resnianski   


Victor Rosenbaum


Tamás Ungár


The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra




Who Can Apply? 

Junior Performers: Students in Grades 1-12 
24 Junior Performers will be selected.

Active and General Observers: No age limit. All are welcome.

PianoTexas requires that a parent, teacher or guardian must accompany all participants under the age of 18. Texas Christian University requires accompanying adults to apply as General Observers in order to be eligible to stay in University housing.


Application Deadlines: 

Performers: Monday, Monday, March 2, 2020

Observers (Active and General): Friday, May 1, 2020

Please read the Application Procedures before applying, for full information and fee schedules.


About the Juniors Program:

Over the past 50 years, the proliferation of music competitions has changed the landscape within which musicians, in particular pianists, must operate in order to attain their career goals. Competitions, by virtue of their now well-established voting procedures, tend to reward technical prowess above all else, because it is the most objectively measured. This reality cannot be ignored, but there is so much more to music, and music-making!

The mission of the Juniors Program, presented by the PianoTexas International Festival & Academy, is to provide an all-encompassing musical experience for pianists in their most formative years. Junior Performers are welcomed into the highly challenging and stimulating PianoTexas musical environment which, while valuing technique, places it in the context of interpreting the composer’s most creative and expressive intentions.

Ultimately, all successful musicians reach this point. It is the conviction of PianoTexas that, by exposing students at the earliest of ages to the limitless imaginative vistas that great music inspires, deeply valuable insights and habits of mind will be put in place, and be rewarding for a lifetime ahead.

Junior Performers will gain invaluable experience from studying and interacting with the esteemed PianoTexas Guest Artists. They will find role models in the Young Artists Program, and participate in wonderful performance opportunities.

The 2020 Juniors Program is its third edition. It has been enlarged to maximize the benefits for all participants. A new concerto component will present selected Junior Performers with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The focus of the Master Classes and Private Lessons will be to enhance the musicality of each individual without the stress of competition.

Applications from around the world will be evaluated by an independent selection panel. In order to provide a complete music experience no more than 24 Junior Performers will be accepted. It is our sincere hope that the teachers/mentors of these young musicians will attend with them throughout the ten days of the Juniors Program.


Required Repertoire for Junior Performers’ participation in PianoTexas:

When selecting their repertoire, young pianists should bear in mind the theme of PianoTexas 2020: a celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven and the 210th Anniversary of the birth of Frédéric Chopin. The entire world will celebrate Beethoven, while Warsaw honors Chopin through its International Chopin Competition.

PianoTexas is committed to providing its Junior Performers with a challenging and satisfying experience. For the first time, Junior Performers will have the opportunity to perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. They will have one master class, four private lessons and will be offered at least two concert performances. Junior Performers are expected to come prepared with several works of their choice for their lessons and appearances during the Festival. All works must be memorized, and chosen so as to represent the Performer’s highest artistic ability. 

For information on repertoire requirements for the audition videos, see the Application Information Page.


Introducing “The Concerto” to the Juniors Program:

Concerto Evening with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, June 21, 2020

The selection of performers will take place on Monday, June 15, accompanied by a second piano.
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 the very few international festivals to feature very young pianists in a public concert with a major professional orchestra. Whilst participation in the Concerto selection is not mandatory, PianoTexas recommends that Junior Performers take advantage of this rare opportunity.

Either the first movement or a combination movements of a concerto (approximately 18-minutes long) should be prepared from the Concerto List.

Bach: All Concertos 
Haydn: Concerto in D major 
Mozart: All Concertos 
Beethoven: All Concertos 
Mendelssohn: Concertos 1 and 2
Chopin: Concertos 1 and 2
Schumann: Concerto in A minor
Grieg: Concerto in A minor
Liszt: Concertos 1 and 2
Saint-Saëns: Concertos 2, 4 and 5
Tchaikovsky: Concerto 1
Brahms: Concertos 1
Ravel: Concerto in G major
Rachmaninoff: Concertos 2 and 3
Prokofiev: Concertos 2 and 3



Junior Performers are required to participate in recitals presented by PianoTexas. Lunchtime and evening recitals are presented in the TCU Concert Halls, sponsored by piano companies who support the Festival’s programs. Recitals are open to the general public and are recorded and live-streamed over the Internet.
Reaching out to Greater Fort Worth, PianoTexas additionally presents a Community Recital Series, for which selected Junior Performers visit museums, churches and retirement homes.
All recitals have to be controlled regarding their length and it is necessary to request that performers limit their selected works to twelve (12) minutes per performance. The Executive Director is responsible for all programs, selecting both performers and repertoire, and his decision is final. 


Master Classes: 

Each Junior Performer will be scheduled to play in one master class with a Guest Artist. If a concerto movement is submitted, an accompanist will be provided.
Master Classes are open to the general public and are streamed live. Pieces must be played from memory and a high level of professional performance is expected. 
The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of Junior Performers to master classes and his decision is final.


Media Package:

Junior Performers have the option to purchase the PianoTexas Media Package. This is a collection of each participant’s recorded performances, master classes and photos. At the conclusion of the Program, these Media Packages are individually uploaded. 


Private Lessons: 

Each Junior Performer will receive three lessons (each of 45 minutes) with one-guest artists and a fourth lesson with a different guest artist. The Executive Director allocates private lessons and his decision is final.
The lessons provide in-depth examination and discussion of musical and technical matters, so the choice of repertoire should be carefully considered.

Additional private lessons are possible at extra cost, depending on the availability of Guest Artists. The scheduling and fees should be agreed directly between the accompanying adult of the Junior Performers and the Guest Artists.


Conversations with Guest Artists:

These highly popular question-and-answer sessions address such important topics as the music profession, careers, recording, competitions, music styles, performing, and practicing. 

The Conversations are light-hearted affairs, in which PianoTexas’s vastly experienced Guest Artists share valuable information along with entertaining stories and anecdotes of a life in music.


Active and General Observers:

PianoTexas warmly welcomes observers of all ages, to experience up close the teaching methods of renowned international Guest Artists and to attend the Festival’s stimulating series of recitals and “Conversation” sessions.

Active Observers’ tuition includes three private lessons and, upon the recommendation of a Guest Artist or the Executive Director, a performance opportunity on a recital may be offered.


Practice Facilities:

For many years, PianoTexas has maintained excellent collaborations with major piano companies, which provide outstanding instruments for the Festival’s concert halls and practice rooms.

Junior Performers and Active Observers practice on grand pianos on arranged schedules. General Observers may use any practice rooms that are unoccupied.

All practice rooms are available 24 hours a day.  


Accommodation and Meals:

Attendees are accommodated in TCU’s air-conditioned dormitories, conveniently located close to the School of Music. They feature comfortable lounges, large common kitchens, laundry rooms, and spacious bedrooms. Attendees have either shared en-suite bathrooms or conveniently located communal bathrooms. Bedrooms are equipped with linens and towels, a small refrigerator and a microwave.

The option of three buffet meals per day in the University’s Cafeteria is available for a modest additional fee. Numerous restaurants are within easy walking distance of the dormitories and School of Music.

PianoTexas requires that a parent, teacher or guardian must accompany all participants under the age of 18.
Texas Christian University requires accompanying parents and guardians to apply as General Observers in order to be eligible to stay in University housing. 


Application Fee:

Performers: $100

Active and General Observers: $75


Program Fee: 

Performers: $750

Performers who are participating in the Concerto Program: $250

Active Observers: $500

General Observers: $250

General Observers Special Rate for accompanying teacher, parent or guardian: $100


Accommodation and Meals:

June 8 – 17: Single Room with Meal Plan: TBD

June 8 – 17: Double Room with Meal Plan: TBD


Application Procedure: 

Link to the Application page

Application to PianoTexas is made through the online platform “Acceptd”. The Application Form must be completed online, along with provision of the required supporting materials.

Should there be any problem with the Application, the “green help” link is available.

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