The Colburn Music Academy Piano Festival

Introducing the Steinway Concerto Competition

July 5–19, 2015

Application Deadline: April 1, 2015.

About the Festival
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.


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

Ilana Vered, Music Fest Perugia

The Steinway Concerto Competition

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. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2015. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis - early application is strongly encouraged. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis after April 1.

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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