Chamber music is a vital component of the Chautauqua Music Festival and can be an integral part of the Chautauqua Piano experience. Piano students are welcome to be part of one of a variety of chamber ensembles that participate in formal recitals and additional informal performances in the Chautauqua Institution community. These professional and personal contacts broaden and enrich the experience of our students and begin musical partnerships that often endure well beyond the summer program.

Piano students who are interested in adding chamber music to their CHQ experience can indicate this request on their application form.


"Performing and teaching at CHQ was everything I'd heard about and more. It's truly a paradise, one where students can learn new things, and have new input, in a very open environment. Thanks to the supportive directors, and the high level of interest and talent among students, I was able to engage fully with their artistic and intellectual lives."


– Kathleen Supové, New York City

The 22nd annual Chautauqua Piano Competition is a highlight of the summer, and is open only to students enrolled in the program. The solo competition will take place during the last week of our program, and the Winners Recital will be held at the conclusion of the program. All rounds are open to the public.

Competition Repertoire *

Preliminary Round: 13-15 minutes; free choice of repertoire representing at least two clearly contrasting style periods.

Final Round: 25-30 minutes; free choice of repertoire representing at least two clearly contrasting style periods. Repertoire may be repeated from the Preliminary Round.

* Please note:

  • Solo piano music only; transcriptions are acceptable.
  • Excerpted complete movements from multi-movement works are acceptable.
  • All traditional repertoire must be performed from memory. Works written post-1960 may be performed with score at the discretion of the faculty.
  • Returning students may not use repertoire they have previously performed in this competition.
  • Previous first-place winners may not compete.


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The 2018 Chautauqua Piano Program will expose young musicians to a variety of approaches to music-making and to creating a life in music. Alexander Gavrylyuk, Nicola Melville, and John Milbauer will provide weekly lesson and class structure for all students, while an impressive array of guest faculty artists will bring fresh and diverse perspectives each week.

Performances: our piano faculty will present an exciting series of recitals and concerto performances throughout the five-week festival. 

Master classes: opportunities every week for pianists to perform for piano faculty, fellow students, and members of the public.

Performance classes: more formal weekly classes that provide recital performance experience.

Q&As: extended conversations on a wide range of topics with our guest faculty.

Private Lessons: All students will have regular lessons with our resident faculty, and most of our guest faculty will also be teaching private lessons during their residencies. Opportunities for lessons with guests will be distributed evenly among students throughout the summer.

In addition to these experiences in the Piano Department, there are solo and chamber music student recitals scheduled throughout the Chautauqua Music Festival by the School of Music. We are certain that all our piano students will be engaged and satisfied by the wealth and breadth of opportunities for inspiration and growth. There is no other program like Chautauqua Piano 2018.


"The unique atmosphere of CHQ, the great working facilities, the opportunity to study under the guidance of different teachers, the possibility to perform and the amazing feast of performances and conferences one can attend (thanks to the CHQ Festival) makes it now one of the best summer programs to learn and grow for serious students of all levels.


– Evelyne Brancart, Professor, Indiana University

Student Handbook


Cost Estimates

Cost Estimates

Living Costs 
Residence Hall $550 
Security Deposit $100 (refundable)

Meal Plan
All meals (7 days) $700

Instructional Costs (includes full instruction costs, fitness center membership, registration fee, and gate ticket)

  • Piano Program $2,560

TOTAL: $3,810

Significant financial assistance is guaranteed to accepted participants. 100% of our students receive a scholarship that covers tuition, with many others including room/board as well.

Alexander Gavrylyuk


Artistic Advisor and Artist-in-Residence
June 24–July 14
Winner of the Gold Medal at the 1999 Horowitz International Piano Competition, First Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, and the coveted Gold Medal at the renowned Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, Alexander Gavrylyuk is in demand by orchestras and conductors for his noble and compelling interpretations and has appeared with, among others, the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Moscow, Israel and Rotterdam. In 2009 he made an acclaimed recording of the complete Prokofiev Concerti with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony. In addition to the Prokofiev cycle, he has made several recordings including recital discs of works by Rachmaninov, Schumann, Scriabin, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev for Piano Classics. His most recent recording, a recital disc featuring Brahms Paganini Variations and works by Liszt has been widely praised. “Alexander Gavrylyuk is one of the greatest discoveries of the past decade. Every time he enchants the public with his incredible virtuosity and thought-provoking playing” – De Telegraaf, 2015.

John Milbauer

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June 24–July 28
Steinway Artist John Milbauer has performed recently in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and Japan as well as throughout the United States. French press called him "a pianist of the first magnitude" while American Record Guide wrote, "Milbauer performs with astounding delicacy and conveys unspeakable wonder through an intimate touch and astonishing versatility." He studied at Harvard, Eastman, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and, as recipient of a Fulbright grant, the Liszt Academy in Budapest; his primary teachers include Jerome Lowenthal, Ferenc Rados, Rebecca Penneys, and György Sebök. Milbauer leads a distinguished class at the University of Arizona where he is coordinator of the piano faculty.

Nicola Melville

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June 24–July 28 
Nicola Melville has been described as “a marvelous pianist who plays with splashy color but also exquisite tone and nuance” (American Record Guide). Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural projects include performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center; recent collaborations involve members of the Kronos and JACK quartets, pipa virtuoso Gao Hong, and veena master, Nirmala Rajasekar.  Nicola won the New Zealand National Concerto Competition, and the prize for Outstanding Graduate Pianist and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School. She has recorded for the Innova and Equilibrium labels. Nicola is pianist for the new music ensemble, Zeitgeist, and is Professor of Music at top-ranked Carleton College, Minnesota, where she is chair of the Music Department and head of piano and chamber music.

Jon Nakamatsu

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July 22–28

Since his dramatic 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medal triumph, Jon Nakamatsu's brilliant but unassuming musicianship and eclectic repertoire have made him a clear favorite throughout the world both on the concert circuit and in the recording studio. He has performed widely in North America, Europe, and the Far East and has collaborated with such conductors as James Conlon, Philippe Entremont, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Michael Tilson Thomas and Osmo Vänskä. His extensive recital tours throughout the United States and Europe have featured appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in cities such as Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London, and Milan.

Boris Slutsky


June 25–30
Consistently acclaimed for his exquisite tonal beauty and superb artistry, Boris Slutsky emerged on the international music scene when he captured the First Prize at the 1981 William Kapell International (University of Maryland) Piano Competition. His other accomplishments include first prizes at the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition and San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, and major prizes at the International Bach Competition in Memory of Glenn Gould, Busoni, Rina Sala Gallo, and Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competitions. Mr. Slutsky has presented master classes throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and has served as a jury member for many international piano competitions. Mr. Slutsky is on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, where he currently serves as chair of the Piano Department.

Malcolm Bilson


July 2–6
Malcolm Bilson has been in the forefront of the period-instrument movement for over thirty years. In addition to an extensive career as a soloist and chamber player, Bilson has toured with the English Baroque Soloists with John Eliot Gardiner, the Academy of Ancient Music with Christopher Hogwood, the Philharmonia Baroque under Nicholas McGegan, Tafelmusik of Toronto, Concerto Köln and other early and modern instrument orchestras around the world. Mr. Bilson has recorded the complete Mozart piano concertos with John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, the piano-violin Sonatas with Sergiu Luca, and the solo piano sonatas; he has also recorded the complete Sonatas of Schubert. Mr. Bilson is on the faculty of Cornell University.

Natalya Antonova


July 9–14
Natalya Antonova made her debut with the Leningrad Philharmonic at the age of 16. She has concertized in Russia, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Ukraine, Armenia, Byelorussia and other countries like Germany, France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore. She became the youngest professor ever appointed to the piano faculty at the Leningrad Conservatory, and later became Professor of Piano in the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow (former Gnessin Institute of Music). Antonova has given hundreds of master classes and lectures throughout the world and is in demand as juror for major competitions, as well. She is currently a tenured professor at the Eastman School of Music, USA.

Matti Raekallio

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July 16–22
Pianist Matti Raekallio was born 1954 in Helsinki. He studied in his home country as well as with Maria Curcio in London, with Dieter Weber at the Vienna Academy of Music, and at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatory in Russia. He has performed cycles of the complete piano Sonatas of Beethoven, Scriabin, and Prokofiev, as well as altogether 62 piano concertos. He has recorded about 20 albums, including an acclaimed set of the complete Prokofiev Sonatas. He first taught for 30 years at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki while also temporarily working as professor in Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm and at Western Michigan University. In 2005, Raekallio became professor of the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany. Two years later, in 2007, he was invited to join the faculty at Juilliard. His students include several first prize winners in major international competitions. He serves as an adjudicator and teaches master classes in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Alexander Kobrin

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July 16–18
Praised for his brilliant technique, musicality, and emotional engagement with the audience, Alexander Kobrin has appeared with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the New York, Tokyo, Warsaw, Royal Liverpool, and Moscow Philharmonics; the Dallas, Birmingham, Swedish Radio, Berliner, and BBC Symphonies; and the Russian National Orchestra. Kobrin has won top prizes in international piano competitions, including the Gold Medal at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, First Prize in the Busoni and Scottish competitions, and Top Prize at the Hamamatsu competition. Kobrin has served on the faculties of the Gnessin’s Academy of Music and New York University’s Steinhardt School and is currently on the faculty at the Eastman School of Music, NY. He has given master classes in Europe and Asia and been a jury member for many international piano competitions.

Shai Wosner

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July 20–22
Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. His performances of a broad range of repertoire—from Beethoven and Schubert to Ligeti and the music of today—reflect a degree of virtuosity and intellectual curiosity that has made him a favorite among audiences and critics, who note his “keen musical mind and deep musical soul” (NPR’s All Things Considered). Mr. Wosner is a recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. He was in residence with the BBC as a New Generation Artist and is a former member of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two. Mr. Wosner has appeared with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, the Barcelona Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Staatskapelle Berlin, and the Vienna Philharmonic, among others.