June 22–August 3, 2019

Alexander Gavrylyuk, Heintzelman Family 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, six-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.

2019 Guest Faculty: Daniil Trifonov, Natalya Antonova, Alexander Kobrin, Matti Raekallio, Christopher Taylor


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Resident Faculty

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Family Artistic

Nicola Melville
John Milbauer
Jon Nakamatsu

Watch Gavrylyuk's BBC Proms video now!



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

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070218 PianoCoChairs AD 9Applications for the 2019 Chautauqua Piano program are due by March 1, 2019. Video recordings of live performances are preferred, live audio recordings accepted. Solo or piano concerto repertoire only. Selections should total at least 20 minutes.

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0628 Gavrylyuk Master Class BCH 10Guest 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

072518 JonNakamatsuPianoMasterClass HK 1With 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

071718 StudentChamberRecitals AD 1Chamber music is a vital component of the Chautauqua School of Music and can be an integral part of the Chautauqua Piano experience. Students are welcome to join one of a variety of ensembles during our Phase 1 session (Weeks Two & Three).

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Annual Piano Competition

072318 PianoCompetitionFinal AD 2The 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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Sigma Alpha Iota Competition

sigma alpha iotaThe Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. Competition rotates annually among the three departments, this year (2019) the competition will be held within the Piano Program.

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