Young Artists Piano Program

Session 1:  June 29 – July 19, 2014
Session 2:  July 20 – August 9, 2014

Students may apply for Session 1, Session 2, or Sessions 1 and 2.

Ages 14-19*

*Students must not have begun their coursework in a post-secondary degree program (such as a college or university). Full eligibility details are found on this FAQ page.

Don’t just grow, flourish!

The Young Artists Piano Program is a high-level, intensive summer program for advanced high school age pianists. Admission to the program is highly competitive, with a class size of 15 students per session. The program offers young pianists private lessons, master classes, and a variety of performance opportunities. Students enhance individual development through the study of technique, style, tonal quality, and repertoire. Each year the program attracts students from around the world, most recently including students from Israel, Brazil, Chile, China, Korea, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, and Canada.

Boaz Sharon, professor, international recording artist, and master teacher, directs the Young Artists Piano Program. Professor Sharon is Chair of the Piano Department at Boston University and a visiting Professor of Piano at China Conservatory in Beijing. He is active as a master class guest as well as a judge for major piano competitions around the world.

Clara Jung-Yang Shin, Associate Director for the Piano Program, teaches at Korean National University of Arts while actively performing throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.

Each summer, visiting guest artist faculty offer opportunities to work with them through master classes and private lessons. Professor Sharon will be joined by returning guest artist Professor Gila Goldstein, Israeli born pianist and faculty member at Boston University, and Victor Cayres.  Additionally this summer, Brazilian pianist Dr. Eduardo Monteiro will join as a guest artist. In addition to his international reputation as a performer, Dr. Monteiro serves as Vice-Director of the School of Arts & Communications at the University of Sao Paulo, where he is Professor of Piano in the Music Department.

Past summers have included several dynamic and world renowned piano artists/teachers: Professor Zhang Jin, head of the Piano Performance Section of the Music School of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Professors Zhe Tang and Tang Zhi, piano faculty members at the Shanghai Conservatory, Professor Yuan Sheng from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and Professor Hyoung-Joon Chang from International Piano Academy and Seoul National University.

Students receive weekly private lessons and perform in master classes. While all master classes focus on technique and performance practice, occasionally the entire session can be devoted to one specific composer. Guest artists such as Emanuel Ax, Kirill Gerstein, Claude Frank, Anthony di Bonaventura, Tatyana Dodochkin, Frank Glazer, Yoonjung Han, Maxim Moglievsky, Paul Posnak, Victor Rosenbaum, Sergey Schepkin and Ben Warsaw conduct master classes with BUTI pianists and provide opportunities for question and answer sessions.

Along with solo repertoire assignments, several students are selected each session to collaborate with members of the Young Artists Orchestra in piano chamber music for study and performance.

There are a variety of solo recital opportunities all summer including community outreach concerts throughout the Berkshires as well as on the BUTI campus and the Tanglewood Main Grounds.