2021 Information Coming Soon!

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 highly selective and dynamic six week program for 22 pianists, ages 18–28. Combining an array of resident faculty experiences, individual and intensive interactions with guest faculty, and 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 solo and chamber music performance opportunities, plentiful private lessons, and faculty- and guest-led master classes that explore wide-ranging topics focused on advanced pianistic growth.

With symphony, opera, theater, dance, visual arts, and a series of internationally acclaimed speakers and performers, Chautauqua produces an "ecstatic mix" of programming that can be found nowhere else.

2020 Guest Faculty: Boris Slutsky, Natalya Antonova, Alexander Kobrin, Sara Davis Buechner

Featured Alumni: Alvin Zhu, Rixiang Huang, Chengcheng Yao


Resident Faculty

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Family Artistic

Nicola Melville
John Milbauer
Jon Nakamatsu

Watch Gavrylyuk's BBC Proms video now!



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072619 Piano GF 04Video recordings of live performances are required; solo or piano concerto repertoire only. At least one significant solo piano work must be included, and selections should total at least 30 minutes.

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072419 Piano GF 03Guest 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

071819 Piano GF 01With 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 forging 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

07252019 PianoPreliminaryCompetition VG 01The 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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Featured Alumni

072619 Piano GF 06Chautauqua Piano 2020 will feature three outstanding alumni of the piano program.

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