Catch rising star Avery Gagliano in the first live piano recital in Cincinnati since March 2020.

Art of the Piano takes the helm of Salon 21 with an inaugural concert presenting AoP alum and 10th National Chopin Competition winner Avery Gagliano in an all-Chopin performance. Avery won the $100,000 prize last March, which also includes a recording contract on the Steinway & Sons label, a solo concert at New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and a concert tour. You may have also seen her during the semi-finals of the Van Cliburn Junior competition in 2019. The last time Avery performed in Cincinnati was during the 2018 edition of Art of the Piano.

The Art of the Piano festival brings together the world’s most celebrated faculty instructors, a class of future master pianists, and audiences of music lovers for three weeks of performances, classes, and a shared passion for the piano. 

A Festival Inspired By The Masterclasses of Franz Liszt 

Composer Franz Liszt hosted masterclasses in which pianists would gather to watch and listen as Liszt taught one student at a time. It is in that spirit that Awadagin Pratt founded the Art of the Piano annual festival. It is his vision to recreate an environment where expert-level artists can work to build the profile and artistry of talented, budding players.


Your support of AoP helps gives aspiring young musicians around the world an opportunity to study, play and learn from the world’s greatest living piano masters at no cost to them, and also supports our Faculty Artist series.

A free virtual series of performances and discussions with today’s most notable concert artists, rising artists, and pedagogues. Hosted by AoP artistic director, Awadagin Pratt.

Think of it as an old fashioned radio show where Awadagin opines on possibly any and everything. So far he has discussed a bit about Beethoven, BIA, (Black in America), and now “Words on Fire”–a show about Words, Music, and Fire. Every episode is organized in a different format, and will come out so far–at least in Covid-times–… quarterly 🙂

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Art of the Piano is a festival created to raise the level of artistry for young pianists.  It’s a platform for them to work with the world’s leading artists and teachers, to perfect recital and competition repertoire.  Art of the Piano is a fantastic place to be inspired, learn new ideas, go home a better musician.

~Awadagin Pratt


“You can’t see music as it passes through the air.  You can’t grasp it and hold on to it.  You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it.  But it has a most powerful effect on most people.  And that is a wondrous thing to contemplate.”

- Leon Fleisher

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