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This festival is designed to raise your level of music making and piano playing.  I have chosen great artists and pedagogues to help you achieve these goals.

This is an intense program, but exposure to high-caliber musicians + teachers is inspiring and will stay with you for a lifetime.

It’s a platform for you to perfect your recital and competition repertoire, and to have a quiet, beautiful place to apply all that you’re learning at the keyboard.

Being an all-masterclass festival, your success depends on your playing and most attentive listening.  Almost all the days have only two events – either two classes, or a class + a recital.  This gives ample opportunity for practice and preparation.

In addition to classes and recitals, there are gatherings with the faculty.

A general openness is fostered in an exceptionally supportive environment.

In celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday, our Enlight Prize has been raised to $10,000.  All selected participants for the 2020 festival will be considered for this prize, which also includes a recital with the 20/21 Salon 21 Series.  The prize will go to the pianist who most embodies the spirit of the festival in terms of the beauty and brilliance of their playing , as well as their generosity of spirit.  

We are inspired by the level of talent this festival attracts. Because of my strong belief in educating and lifting up talented young pianists, this festival is free.

The remarkably generous donors at the Art of the Piano Foundation are making this possible, so all you have to worry about is showing up and playing your best.

I look forward to hearing your audition.

–Awadagin Pratt

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