The Philosophy of our Piano Program

For young pianists, the freedom to think as they wish, unimpeded by a piano teacher, is crucial to their success. Obviously, it helps to be blessed with a teacher who does not hold back a student’s natural instincts or restrain curiosity, however eccentric or even weird it may seem. Chopin was extremely fortunate to have two teachers who made no effort to restrain his natural dispositions, allowing him “to develop his own method of playing, hitting the notes he wanted with the fingers he thought appropriate, not with those specified by textbooks.” Bartok’s teachers did not inhibit his individuality; they made no effort to “correct” the unorthodox pianistic style typical of his distinctive compositions. Heinrich Neuhaus acknowledged that he taught Sviatoslav Richter almost “nothing”—in other words, he allowed Richter to be Richter.

 

Mr. Walter Ponce – “The Tyranny of Traditions in Piano Teaching”

FULL SESSION

June 22 – July 19

The Miami International Piano Festival Academy is an intensive summer program designed with innovative concepts for artists pursuing a concert career.

This Four Week Symposium is an exciting program that will bring a faculty of eminent international performing artists who, with their distinctive personalities, will inspire, stimulate, and expose to a diversity of styles, ideas, and sources of interpretation, always directed toward the goal of helping students gain self-confidence and artistic freedom, in the tradition of great pianists of the past.

During the Full Four Week session, participants will have and participate in:

• Four private (60 minutes) lessons with a select faculty every week (16 Private Lessons)
• Daily Open Master Classes
• Performance Opportunities: Participants Recitals & Showcases
• Workshops by MIPFAcademy Faculty
• Faculty lectures and Discussions
• Faculty Performances – Master Series

THREE WEEKS PROGRAM

To select between two stages
Stage One: June 22 – July 12
Stage two: June 29 – July 19

• Four private (60 minutes) lessons with a select faculty every week (12 Private Lessons)
• Daily Open Master Classes
• Performance Opportunities: Participants Recitals & Showcases
• Workshops by MIPFAcademy Faculty
• Faculty lectures and Discussions
• Faculty Performances – Master Series

TWO WEEKS PROGRAM

To select between three stages
Stage One: June 22 – July 5
Stage two: June 29 – July 12
Stage three: June 6 – July 19

• Four private (60 minutes) lessons with a select faculty every week (12 Private Lessons)
• Daily Open Master Classes
• Performance Opportunities: Participants Recitals & Showcases
• Workshops by MIPFAcademy Faculty
• Faculty lectures and Discussions
• Faculty Performances – Master Series

TEN DAYS PROGRAM

To select between three stages
Stage One: June 22 – July 1
Stage two: July 2 – July 11
Stage three: June 10 – July 19

• Four private (60 minutes) lessons with a select faculty every week (6 Private Lessons)
• Daily Open Master Classes
• Performance Opportunities: Participants Recitals & Showcases
• Workshops by MIPFAcademy Faculty
• Faculty lectures and Discussions
• Faculty Performances – Master Series

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