PYPA Piano Festival goes digital

24 July 2020
By Ellie Palmer
The Philadelphia-based festival will take place on line from 1-9 August

The Philadelphia Young Pianist's Academy is set to host its annual festival online next week.

Current global events have forced the PYPA Piano Festival – and many other festivals – to move online. Thankfully, this hasn't affected the impressive line-up of pianists that PYPA had booked in.

Gary Graffman (former Curtis Institute president), Ching-Yun Hu (PYPA founder), Jerome Lowenthal (Juilliard pedagogue) and Pierre Van Der Westhuizen (Director, Gilmore Keyboard Festival) are among the big names who will be hosting masterclasses and performances throughout the week.

The likes of  Ursula Oppens, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Alexandre Moutouzkine, Gila Goldstein, Idith Zvi, and Mac McClure will also make appearances. See the full schedule below:


126 Hours of Celebrity Master Classes given by Gary Graffman, Ching-Yun Hu, Jerome Lowenthal, Ursula Oppens, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, and Alexandre Moutouzkine.

2 Insider Lectures and Panel Discussions by Gilmore Keyboard Festival Director Pierre Van Der Westhuizen and Idith Zvi, Emeritus Artistic Director of Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Israel.  

6 Exclusive Studio Concerts performed by PYPA young artists, led by esteemed guest faculty, Gila Goldstein of Tanglewood Institute for Young Artists, Mac McClure of National University in Colombia, and William Carr of Immaculata University.

Audience Q & A after Lectures/Concerts: All lectures and studio concerts conclude with Q & A sessions with audience members.

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Best Livestream Award* will be determined by Kathryn Brown, Head of the Piano Department and Keyboard Division at Cleveland Institute of Music, and Gila Goldstein, professor at Boston University and Director for Tanglewood Festival's Young Artists Program. Watch the competition unfold on PYPA’s Facebook page during the festival.

Audience Favorite Prize* is determined by the general public. Vote for your favorite artist. The one with the most votes wins the award. Watch it unfold on PYPA’s Facebook Page during the festival.



  • Both winners will be automatically qualified for 2021 PYPA Piano Festival to be held in Philadelphia, PA, USA in August, 2021. 
  • Both winners will be invited to perform solo performances during the 2021 PYPA Piano Festival. 
  • Both winners will receive livestream performance opportunities to perform on PYPA and other online platforms.
  • Both winners will receive competition certificates signed by all faculty of the 2020 PYPA Online Piano Festival.  


How to tune in

Masterclasses, studio concerts and lectures will be available via Zoom. You can purchase Observer and Day Passes to the exclusive events that 2020 PYPA Online offers from August 1 – 9. Tickets are on sale now and available on PYPA’s website.