Young Artists Program

Performers: June 1 to 28, 2020
Active and General Observers: June 6 to 28, 2020

24 selected performers will receive 

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Chen Sa 

Dang Thai Son  

Jan Jiracek von Armin

Yoheved Kaplinsky

Harold Martina

Pascal Nemorovski  

John O’Conor 

John Owings

Victor Rosenbaum 

Christopher Taylor 

Tamás Ungár

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra


Application Deadline:

Performer: Monday, March 2, 2020
Active and General Observers: Friday, May 1, 2020


Who Can Apply?

Performers: Born on or after July 1, 1992
Observers: No age limit. All are welcome.

Please read Application Procedures before applying.

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


About the Young Artists Program:

Created in a dedicated professional atmosphere, PianoTexas International Festival & Academy has achieved the distinction as one of the leading summer piano programs around the world. Since 1981, the highly challenging and stimulating 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). The program is intensive providing invaluable experience of studying and interacting with esteemed musicians while presenting wonderful opportunities for a wide range of performance opportunities.

Applicants come from all over the world and an eminent selection jury evaluates their performances. The invited 24 performers receive a full tuition scholarship and for the duration of the Festival, 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 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 participants experience significant growth and new insights that last for many years. PianoTexas together with the music loving Fort Worth community extend a warm welcome for what will be a life changing experience.

Important Notice: The selected 24 Young Artists must accept the rules and conditions that come with receiving a full scholarship to attend PianoTexas International Festival & Academy. The mission of the Festival is to provide a professional experience as part of training for a demanding career. High level of performances are expected at all times, all concerts are recorded and are streamed worldwide. Invited performing participants agree to attend the Distinguished Artist Series, the Concerto Evenings, “Conversations with Guest Artists” and all master classes and private lessons. By accepting our invitation, performing Young Artists completely indicate their understanding and compliance of the rules and regulations for the duration of the Festival.


Required Repertoire for participation in PianoTexas:

When selecting your repertoire, please keep in mind that the theme of the 2020 PianoTexas is celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven and the 2010th Anniversary of Frédéric Chopin. We join the whole world is celebrating Beethoven and prepare for the Chopin celebrations in Warsaw during the International Competition in October. The program is committed to present a challenging and satisfying professional experience. Accordingly, selected Young Artists performers are expected to prepare three substantial and several smaller works in addition to the complete concerto from the concerto list for their performances during the Festival.   All works presented should be memorized and represent at the best artistic ability of the performer. For information on repertoire requirements for audition videos, please see the application information page.


Concerto Evenings with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra,
Sunday, June 14 and Sunday, June 28

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 collaborates with a major professional orchestra to perform with our Young Artists participants. Selected performers will perform complete concertos during the two Concerto Evenings accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

PianoTexas strongly encourages Young Artist performers to participate in the concerto competition. The importance of the concerto program of the Academy is further emphasized by inviting all those participating to arrive by Monday, June 1 to allow time to completely focus on their concerto repertoire. Rehearsals with the second piano will be scheduled and the Concerto Competition will take place on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6. During the Competition, the jury will hear the complete concerto.

Please select your Concerto from the provided list below: 

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

Important Notice: Returning participants are limited to appear with the orchestra only once every four years.


Invited Young Artists performers are required to participate in the recitals presented by PianoTexas Festival. Both lunchtime and evening recitals are presented in the TCU Concert Halls and are sponsored by piano companies who support our programs. They are open to the general public, they are recorded and are live 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 the repertoire for these public recitals will be limited to twelve (12) minutes.


Young Artist performers will be allocated two master classes with different guest artists. A guideline for repertoire should be any composition that is minimum of 12 ton15 minutes in length. Complete concertos, sonatas and larger group of works are also encouraged; however, it is the prerogative of the guest artist, which movement to hear.
Master Classes are open to the general public, they are also recorded and are streamed through the Internet. The selected repertoire must be performed from memory and a high level of professional performance is expected. 


Each performer and active observer will receive three private lessons, each with different guest artists. These lessons are perfect time to discuss musical and technical matters therefore the repertoire is a personal choice. The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of all private lessons, and his decisions are final.
Additional private lessons are possible depending on the availability of the guest artists. They are extra cost and should be discussed and arranged directly between the participants and the guest artists.


A very popular session during the Festival is the "Conversations with Artists" presented in an informal question and answer format. For our guest artists and participants it is an excellent opportunity 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 hear the teaching methods of many different international artists as well as to attend numerous recitals and “Conversation” sessions. Active observers’ tuition includes three private lessons and by recommendation a performance opportunity on a recital will be offered.


Practice Facilities:

PianoTexas is extremely fortunate to collaborate with major piano companies to provide excellent instruments for our concert halls and practice rooms. This collaboration allows access to grand pianos 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 within easy walking distance.
PianoTexas requires that a parent or guardian must accompany all participants under the age of 18. According to TCU requirements accompanying parents and guardians must also apply as general observers to be eligible to stay in university housing. 

Application Fee:

Performers: $100
Active or General Observers: $75


Program Fee: 

Performers – $2,000 (Full Tuition Scholarship will be offered to invited Young Artist)
Active Observers - $850
General Observers - $500
Special rate for accompanying parents or guardians - $200


Accommodation and Meals:

June 1 – 28: Single Room with Meal Plan
June 6 – 28: Double Room with Meal Plan


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.
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