One of the festival's biggest highlights includes an exclusive opportunity for all of the performing participants to collaborate with a conductor and an orchestra.
Each Young Artist has the opportunity to choose to participate in the concerto competition, accompanied by a second piano. Prior to the competition, two rehearsals with a second piano will be arranged. Six winners will then be selected and will have the privilege to perform a full concerto with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiajing Lai. Concerto participation is optional.
Each Junior participant has the opportunity to have one rehearsal with the QingXin Ensemble, conducted by Jiajing Lai, playing one movement of a concerto. Prior to their collaboration with the ensemble, a rehearsal with a second piano will be arranged. Concerto participation is optional.
The festival will provide accompanists (2nd piano) for rehearsals and competition.
Young Artist: Each Young Artist participant will have an opportunity to play in a master class. Each master class is two hours long and facilitates three participants.
Junior: Only selected Junior participants will have an opportunity to play in a master class. Each master class is two hours long and facilitates six participants.
All pieces must be played from memory. These master classes are open to the public.
The festival committee is responsible for the allocation of these master classes, and their decision is final.
Young Artist: Each Young Artist participant will receive six (6) one-hour private lessons. Free repertoire.
Junior: Each Junior participant will receive three (3) one-hour private lessons. Free repertoire.
The festival committee is responsible for the allocation of these lessons, and their decision is final.
Additional lessons: Participants may request additional lessons with any guest artist of their choice. The lesson fee is 3000 RMB per hour. These requests must be communicated to the festival committee in writing via email. Please note that although the festival will try its best to honor these requests, no guarantee can be made.
There are 12 participant recitals throughout the festival. They are open to the public. Each Young Artist will be scheduled to play in two recitals, and each Junior will be scheduled to play in one recital.
All pieces must be played from memory.
The festival committee is responsible for the scheduling of these recitals, and their decision is final.
The festival will present three wonderful and highly informative lectures: "Life at The Juilliard School - What Makes it Special" by Yoheved Kaplinsky, “Playing with Orchestra - the Schumann Piano Concerto” by Arie Vardi and Xiaohan Wang, and “My Piano Compositions” by acclaimed composer, Ping Gao.
Scheduled practice time is arranged for each performing participant in practice rooms equipped with Steinway grand pianos. The Tianjin Juilliard School is open from 8am to midnight throughout the Festival.