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PYPA – the Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy – was established by in 2012 by concert pianist Ching-Yun Hu to help young artists achieve their dreams of becoming professional pianists. Over the years PYPA has blossomed into a highly anticipated summer piano festival attracting participants from across the globe. In 2019 the Yun International Music Foundation was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as the non-profit umbrella organization serving as the sponsor and management for PYPA. PYPA now has two programs – the annual summer festival and the year-round Young Virtuosi Program. PYPA’s mission is to provide an intensive and comprehensive learning environment to guide promising young pianists toward their performance goals. The annual festival provides accepted students with master classes, recitals, and master artist performances that are also open to public for observation and music pleasure. The Young Virtuosi invites PYPA alumni who have demonstrated the greatest promise to year-round, high level master classes with internationally renowned pedagogues coupled with career guidance as well as live and online performance opportunities in Philadelphia area schools and communities. PYPA programs are open to the public as we work to spread the joy of piano music.


PYPA Live offers in-person programs including 10 summertime concerts, 62 hours of Master Classes, Guest Lectures and the Philadelphia International Piano Competition held at the historic Academy of Vocal Arts in the center of the Philadelphia artistic community.

PYPA online takes the place of PYPA Live when required by restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 virus response. The online program is conducted live but not in-person. We connect students, master artists and audience via video conferencing technology. The online program for 2020 included over 100 hours of master classes, lectures, and student recitals.


Celebrated teachers and artists share their craft through daily intensive master classes and summertime public concerts.

NBC news featured our winners from the Philadelphia International Piano Competition.
ABC news highlighted Ching-Yun Hu’s chamber music concert with violist Matthew Cohen.
PHL 17 featured Jerome Lowenthal’s concert at PYPA.

"This is a beautiful thing!"

PYPA creates a community and provides a stage for masters and prodigies to perform, excel, and be inspired. It is an opportunity to pass the torch of wisdom and knowledge from one generation to the next – a beautiful thing.
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