The Taiwanese Pianist, Ching-Yun Hu(胡瀞云), the PYPA Artistic Director PHILADELPHIA — PYPA (Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy) announces the 7th annual piano festival, set for August 2-11, 2019 at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. This highly-anticipated summer music festival accepts 20 gifted pianists globally to participate in 10 days of master classes and recitals with legendary concert artists and pedagogues, including gold medalists at the Chopin, Cliburn, and Rubinstein competitions.
The faculty for the 2019 festival includes six artists who have achieved substantial careers as concert musicians. They include Gary Graffman, legendary pedagogue and former president of Curtis Institute of Music; Dang Thai Son, Gold Medalist of the Chopin Competition; Ching-Yun Hu, the PYPA Artistic Director and top prize recipient at the Rubinstein Competition; Yekwon Sunwoo, Gold Medalist of Cliburn Competition; Lydia Artymiw, Grammy-nominated pianist and Gramophone Award-winner ("Best of the Year", Chandos recording); and Alon Goldstein, pianist with top orchestral engagements from the LA Phil to the Philadelphia Orchestra.
With 10 summertime concerts, 62 hours of master classes, a guest lecture series, and the adjoining Philadelphia International Piano Competition, there is a lot to offer students and the public.
In addition to giving master classes, Cliburn gold medalist Yekwon Sunwoo, Chopin gold medalist Dang Thai Son, and Rubinstein top prize winner Ching-Yun Hu will give solo recitals throughout the festival.
Sara Davis Buechner performs a solo piano recital and joins the festival for one-night only on August 9.
The opening concert featuring Ching-Yun Hu is held at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Perelman Theater) on August 2 at 7:30 PM. The other concerts and master classes occur at the Academy of Vocal Arts. All concerts and master classes are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased online at https://pypa.info/.
The Opening Concert
August 2: 7:30 PM, Opening Concert, Kimmel Center (Perelman Theater): Ching-Yun Hu