A rigorous but supportive environment, inspired by the generous masterclasses of Franz Liszt.
This festival is designed to raise your level of music making and piano playing. I have chosen great artists and pedagogues to help you achieve these goals.
This is an intense program, but exposure to high-caliber musicians + teachers is inspiring and will stay with you for a lifetime.
It’s a platform for you to perfect your recital and competition repertoire, and to have a quiet, beautiful place to apply all that you’re learning at the keyboard.
Being an all-masterclass festival, your success depends on your playing and most attentive listening. Almost all the days have only two events – either two classes, or a class + a recital. This gives ample opportunity for practice and preparation.
In addition to classes and recitals, there are gatherings with the faculty.
A general openness is fostered in an exceptionally supportive environment.
An Enlight Prize of $3000.00, together with a recital on the 2018-2019 Salon 21 Series will go to the pianist who most embodies the spirit of the festival in terms of the beauty and brilliance of their playing , as well as their generosity of spirit. A runner up will also be selected, with a prize of $1500.
We are inspired by the level of talent this festival attracts. Because of my strong belief in educating and lifting up talented young pianists, this festival is free.
The remarkably generous donors at the Art of the Piano Foundation are making this possible, so all you have to worry about is showing up and playing your best.
I look forward to hearing your audition.
“Be brave enough to ask yourself: who am I?
Then, let no one tell you what is not possible.”
Watch Awadagin’s address at Peabody Conservatory’s 2016 commencement.
Spots are limited to 25 exceptionally talented pianists 15 and older.**
2018 Festival | May 26 – June 16
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Learn from the world’s top teachers + performers.
Perform in 3 masterclasses
World-renowned artists in recital
Two, 2-hour masterclasses daily; faculty recitals on weekends
Focus on Beethoven sonatas and solo works of Liszt – bring them for performance + discussion (not required, but encouraged)
Talk with faculty at small gatherings
Use of excellent Hamburg or New York Steinway for masterclasses
Unlimited access to excellent practice facilities at an all-Steinway school
Learn about + discuss every facet of beginning your career, whether as performer or pedagogue