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AUGUST 2 – 11, 2019

PYPA (Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy) was established by concert pianist Ching-Yun Hu to help young artists achieve their dreams of becoming professional pianists. It has blossomed into one of the most highly-anticipated summer piano festivals on the East Coast encompassing intensive master classes and public concerts featuring internationally celebrated pianists. The accompanying guest lecture series led by music industry executives offers insight to students and the local community.

Watch this documentary on PYPA and learn more about this unique piano festival!


  • Each accepted student will receive five master classes with five world-class artists and pedagogues.
  • Tailored panel discussions with high-profile guest speakers on career management.
  • Daily recitals performed by world-class artists.
  • Concert opportunities during the 2019 PYPA.
  • Automatic acceptance into the 2019 Philadelphia International Piano Competition where winners receive cash prizes, ongoing concert engagements in solo recitals and with orchestras, and a full scholarship to attend the 2020 PYPA.
  • Designated practice rooms with grand pianos throughout the 2019 PYPA.
  • Opportunities to make lifetime friendships with young artists from around the world.


Distinquished Taiwanese concert pianist Ching-Yun Hu is the artistic director of both the Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival in Taipei and the Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy. After winning top prizes at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York City, her career has taken her to prestigious concert halls and music festivals across the globe on five continents. Considered one of the most important concert pianists from her native Taiwan, she has recevied honors from the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and the Golden Melody Awards. Besides her performing activities, she also serves on the faculty at the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia

One of the leading music institutions in Philadelphia, the Academy of Vocal Arts is located next to Rittenhouse Square at the heartbeat of Center City. The institution offers a concert hall, conference and rehearsal spaces for master classes, and a library, as well as numerous practice rooms with Steinway grand pianos. PYPA carefully ensured that the entire festival—from master classes to practice facilities to concerts—occurred at the Academy of Vocal Arts both to inspire young artists and to provide the best study environment.