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Solo Piano

6 fellow openings per summer

About the Solo Piano Studio

Six fellows experience in-depth coaching with world-renowned faculty artists, with a primary emphasis on interpretive and stylistic mastery of the extensive literature for solo piano as well as concerto repertoire and chamber music with piano. Pianists enjoy many training and performance opportunities, including the annual Solo Piano Competition.

Training & Performance Opportunities

  • Weekly private lessons
  • Chamber Music: All solo piano fellows participate in a fellow chamber music group coached by faculty. The group then performs a complete work in a public performance.
  • Weekly solo piano and chamber masterclass and/or studio class instruction
  • Masterclass performances
  • Fellow solo and ensemble recitals
  • “Solo Piano Showcase” –  a recital featuring all solo piano fellows
  • Solo Piano Competition, including cash prize and recital for winner

Solo Piano Competition

The winner, selected by a panel of professionals, is presented with a $5,000 cash prize and will have a work from a noted composer commissioned on their behalf to premiere in recital in the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall the following year. The winner may also utilize up to $1,000 as an additional award to produce and present the recital in new ways, including the use of technology for sound, lighting, streaming, or recording.

2023 Audition Requirements Coming Soon

(no live auditions)  Video Upload Auditions only

2023 Audition Video Guidelines

  • Video performances must be UNEDITED.
  • Each work should have its own recording/”track”; multi-movement works may be on separate tracks.
  • Video files must have been recorded within the past year and may not be the same file(s) submitted during a previous Music Academy application season
  • Avoid backlighting (do not record in front of a window unless curtains/shades are fully closed)
  • Please label video files according to this format: “2023 MAW AUDITION – Last Name, First Name, Solo Piano”

For best video upload speed, we recommend the following internet browsers: Chrome, Safari, and Firefox (the most updated versions of each).

And So Much More...

Wellness Program

Resources include exercise, yoga, counseling, and performance medicine

Community Engagement

Each fellow is matched with community members for social events and more

Innovation Institute

Offering seminars & entrepreneurial competitions

Solo Piano Teaching Artists

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Jeremy Denk
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Conor Hanick
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Nico Muhly
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Boris Slutsky

Solo Piano Application Resources

coming soon

The Music Academy requires all administration, faculty, fellows, and other constituents on campus to provide proof of COVID vaccination.

For admissions inquiries, please email

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