Music Academy Piano Festival

About the Festival
About the Colburn Music Academy
Tuition and Fees

About the Festival

July 16–30, 2017

The Music Academy's Piano Festival provides two weeks of conservatory-level instruction each summer at the Colburn School. Thirty students from around the globe will have the opportunity to study with world-renowned artist faculty.

Lessons, Master Classes, and Performances
Students receive four private lessons, participate in at least two master classes, and have recital opportunities throughout the festival. One of the world's most distinguished pianists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, will teach a master class for Piano Festival students. Mr. Thibaudet is the Colburn School's Artist-in-Residence.

The Steinway Concerto Competition
The Steinway competition is open to all piano festival participants and involves preliminary and final rounds. The First Prize winner receives the $2,000 Steinway Prize and will appear on the Pasadena Symphony's 2018-19 season with Music Director David Lockington. The First Prize is presented in partnership with the Pasadena Symphony and with generous sponsorship by Steinway & Sons.

Please click here to learn more about the approved Concerto Competition repertoire.

Social Activities
Students have the opportunity to explore Los Angeles though various group outings, including a Hollywood Bowl concert, a meal at Grand Central Market, and more.


Hyoung-Joon Chang, Seoul National University
Angela Cheng, Oberlin College
Gila Goldstein, Boston University; New York University
Myong-Joo Lee, Colburn Music Academy
Max Levinson, Boston Conservatory
Jerome Lowenthal, The Juilliard School
Yoshikazu Nagai, San Francisco Conservatory
Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Cleveland Institute of Music
Boris Slutsky, Peabody Conservatory
Ory Shihor, Colburn Conservatory; Colburn Music Academy
Steven Spooner, University of Kansas

Application and Eligibility

How to Apply
Applicants are required to complete an online application and submit an audition video online, in addition to submitting one letter of recommendation from a professional musician. Recommendation letters may be submitted directly by the recommender, by indicating name and email address in the Video Submission portion of the application.

Application deadline: April 1, 2017

Complete the application and video submission below to apply.

Application Form
Video Submission

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

Open to pianists ages 10–18, 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: $80

Students may reside in the Colburn School residence hall in single-occupancy bedrooms within two, three, or four-bedroom suites, and dine in the Colburn Cafe. Room and board is also available for parents of participating students. Students 14 or younger must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of the festival.

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; 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 Music Academy, contact or 213-621-4795.

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