The Colburn Music Academy Piano Festival

Introducing the Steinway Concerto Competition

July 5–19, 2015

Update: Additional spots have been added to this year's festival, due to high demand! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spots have been filled. A notice will be posted on this page once applications have been closed.

About the Festival
Calendar of Events
About the Colburn Music Academy
Tuition and Fees

About the Festival

The Music Academy's Piano Festival provides gifted, pre-college age pianists with two weeks of conservatory-level instruction each summer at the Colburn School. 30 young pianists from around the world will have the opportunity to study with a roster of world-renowned artist faculty and visiting artists.

Highlighting Piano Concertos

This year's festival will feature piano concerto literature as its centerpiece. During the festival, students will explore the defining characteristics of concertos through private lessons, master classes, lectures, performances, and theoretical studies.While the festival centers on concerto literature, students may also refine and explore other repertoire in lessons, master classes, and student recitals.


Gwhyneth Chen, Taiwan Spring Festival of Classical Music
Angela Cheng, Oberlin Conservatory
Alan Chow, Northwestern University
Gila Goldstein, Boston University
Myong-joo Lee, Colburn Music Academy
Yoshikazu Nagai, San Francisco Conservatory
Ory Shihor, Colburn Conservatory, Colburn Music Academy
Steven Spooner, University of Kansas

The Steinway Concerto Competition

July 18, 2015

The piano competition is open to all piano festival participants. Six finalists will advance to the final round, following a preliminary round. The First Prize winner will receive the $1,500 Steinway Prize and be presented on the Pasadena Symphony's 2016/17 season Classics Series at the Ambassador Auditorium with its Music Director, David Lockington.The First Prize is presented in partnership with the Pasadena Symphony and with generous sponsorship by Steinway Gallery, Beverly Hills.

Additional cash prizes for second and third place finalists will be sponsored by Metroplitan Associates through the generosity of Colburn School Board Member Alice Colombe. The awards will be $750 and $300, respectively.

A list of acceptable competition repertoire can be viewed here (PDF).

Application and Eligibility

How to Apply

Applicants are required to complete an online application and submit an audition video* online (links below) by the application deadline, in addition to submitting one letter of recommendation from a professional musician. Recommendation letters may be submitted directly by the recommender, by indicating his/her name and email address in the Video Submission portion of the application (link below).

Applications are considered on a rolling basis - early application is strongly encouraged.

Application Links:
Application Form
Video Submission

* The audition video requirements is waived for students who are currently enrolled in the Music Academy.

Audition Repertoire

Two pieces, solo and/or concerto, representing different styles. There are no time limits on submissions, and applicants may submit more than two pieces, if desired.


Open to all pre-college age pianists, elementary through high school, including graduating high school seniors who have not yet entered college.


Parents are welcome to accompany their children in the residence hall, and may freely attend all master classes, concerts, and lectures, as well as attend applied lessons with the approval of the instructor. Students 14 and under must be accompanied by a parent in the residence hall for the Festival's duration.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, room, and board: $3,600
Commuter (tuition only): $2,100
Parent room and board: $1,300

Application fee: $110 ($80 application, $30 video upload)

Colburn Music Academy does not provide financial assistance for the Music Academy Piano Festival. Families are encouraged to seek financial assistance from local sources, such as school music organizations; county, state, or national music education organizations; youth orchestras and bands; music clubs service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.); businesses; churches; and foundations.

About the Colburn Music Academy

The Colburn Music Academy is an intensive music program designed to nurture pre-college age musicians, and to refine, enhance and develop their performance skills and musicianship at the highest of levels. Music Academy students receive instruction and guidance from the distinguished faculty of the Colburn School, and are provided with numerous performance and enrichment opportunities throughout the year. For more information about the Academy, contact

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