June 23–July 28, 2018

Application Deadline: Extended to March 2, 2018

Alexander Gavrylyuk, Artistic Advisor and Artist-in-Residence
Nicola Melville and John Milbauer
, Co-Chairs
Jon Nakamatsu, Artist-in-Residence

The Chautauqua Piano Program is a dynamic, five-week program for 22 pianists, ages 18–28. Combining a kaleidoscopic array of renowned resident and guest faculty with unmatched practice and performance facilities, the program is designed to inspire, stimulate, and foster the growth of young pianists from all over the globe. Students will have performance opportunities, private lessons, and faculty- and guest-led master classes that explore wide-ranging topics focused on advanced pianistic growth, and much more.

2018 Guest Faculty: Boris Slutsky, Natalya Antonova, Matti Raekallio, Alexander Kobrin, Malcolm Bilson, and Shai Wosner


The family of Steinway pianos at Chautauqua are facilitated by the Steinway & Sons factory in Astoria, NY.

Resident Faculty

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Artistic Advisor and

Nicola Melville
John Milbauer
Jon Nakamatsu

Watch Gavrylyuk's BBC Proms video now!


Apply Today :: Piano Program

piano applicationsApplications for the 2018 Chautauqua Piano program are due by February 23, 2018. Video recordings of live performances are preferred, live audio recordings accepted. Solo or piano concerto repertoire only.

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piano facultyGuest and resident faculty provide a weekly foundation of lessons, complemented by master classes and performance classes that explore a variety of approaches to music, to pianism, and to interpretation.

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Cost & General Information

piano facilitiesAs one of only four official Steinway summer programs, the Chautauqua Summer Festival maintains a first-rate fleet of Steinway grand pianos for practice, lessons, and performance.

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Housing and Student Life

bellinger2Students live in our dorms side by side with other musicians, dancers and visual artists forming relationships that last a lifetime.

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Lessons and Master Classes

piano lessons masterWith a diverse array of resident and guest faculty, the Chautauqua Piano Program encourages young musicians to experience a variety of approaches to music-making and to creating a life in music.

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Chamber Music

piano chamber musicChamber music is a vital component of the Chautauqua Music Festival and can be an integral part of the Chautauqua Piano experience. Students are welcome to join one of a variety of ensembles.

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Annual Piano Competition

piano competitionThe annual Chautauqua Piano Competition is a highlight of the summer, and is open only to students enrolled in the program. The competition will take place during the last week of our program.

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