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“A Pilgrimage of Russian Music”
A celebration of the Great Russian composers
and their glorious piano music.

Young Artists Program

June 8 to July 1, 2018

 

24 selected performers will receive
FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP

Guest Artists:

Dmitri Alexeev
Vladimir Feltsman
Yoheved Kaplinsky
Olga Kern
Emanuel Krasovsky
Anna Malikova
Harold Martina
Vladimir Ovchinnikov
John Owings
Andrey Ponochevny
Igor Resnianski
Tamás Ungár
 
and the Fort Worth symphony Orchestra
 
                    
Who Can Apply?
Performers: Born on or after July 1, 1989
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:
Monday, March 5, 2018 for Performers
 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 for Active and general Observers
 
About the Young Artists Program:
Highly challenging and stimulating, the 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. 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, 24 performers are invited. A particular warm welcome is extended to them from the Fort Worth community, and for 24 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, 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.
 
Concerto Evenings with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra 
Sunday, June 24 and Sunday, July 1


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 for the two Concerto evening and they will present a complete concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
Rehearsals with a second piano will be scheduled and a concerto competition will be organized to select the winners. The jury will comprise of Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Andrey Ponochevny and Igor Resnianski.
 
We strongly encourage the performers of the Young Artists Program to participate in the concerto competition. 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
Shostakovich: Concerto No.2

Required Repertoire:
PianoTexas is committed to present a challenging and satisfying professional experience for all performers. Accordingly it is expected that 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 2018 PianoTexas is Russian music and our hope is that at least one of the works prepared will be by a Russian 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.
 
Recitals:
Young Artists who are invited as performers are required to participate in the recitals presented by the Festival. These performances on the TCU campus are sponsored by sponsoring piano companies, they are streamed over the Internet and are open to the general. Creating a real festival atmosphere for our community, PianoTexas also presents a Community Recital Series in museums, churches and retirement homes. 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 three master classes, each with different guest artists. 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 comprising of a group of pieces should be prepared in their entirety. As 2018 PianoTexas is presenting “A Russian Pilgrimage”, it is expected that performers bring at least one work representing Russian composers. Repertoire for the other two master classes may be a personal selection and both solo and concerto (not performed during the competition) repertoire are acceptable. Master Classes are recorded and are streamed through the Internet and are open to the general public, 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 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, 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 opportunities for our guest artists and participants to have constructive interactive dialogues 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 3 private lessons and if recommended by a 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 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, 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 are combined with the accommodations. Also 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 – Full Scholarship
Active Observers - $850
General Observers - $500
 
Accommodation and Meals:
Single Room with Meal Plan
Double Room with Meal Plan
 
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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