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Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy

August 5 – 12, 2018

Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA) was established by concert pianist Ching-Yun Hu to help young artists achieve their dreams of becoming professional pianists. PYPA offers exciting opportunities for young pianists from Asia and the West to meet. With numerous master classes and evening concerts at the famed Academy of Vocal Arts, PYPA enriches the summer classical music scene.


Ching-Yun Hu

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 prestigious Rittenhouse Square in the arts center of downtown Philadelphia. The institution offers a concert hall, conference and rehearsal spaces for masterclasses, and a library, as well as numerous practice rooms with Steinway grand pianos. PYPA carefully ensured that the entire festival–from masterclasses to practice facilities to concerts–occurred at the Academy of Vocal Arts in order to both inspire our young artists and to provide the best study environment.

Five masterclasses taught by world-class artists and pedagogues.
Tailored panel discussions with high-profile guest speakers on career management.
Concert opportunities during the 2018 PYPA.
Automatic acceptance into the 2018 Philadelphia International Piano Competition.
Winners receive cash prizes, ongoing concert engagements in solo recitals and with orchestras, and full scholarship to attend the 2019 PYPA.
Designated practice rooms throughout the 2018 PYPA.
Opportunities to make lifetime friendships with young artists from around the world.
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