UFIPF assembles promising young pianists for lessons and masterclasses with distinguished piano teachers from North America and across the globe. Originating in 2007 as the Chinese-American International Piano Institute (CAIPI), the event has hosted some of the finest performers and teachers from around the world.
Upon review of application materials, students will be invited to participate in one of three divisions:
Highly advanced applicants will be invited to participate in the Artist Division. Minimum age requirement is 15 years old, and there is no upper age limit. Artist Division participants will be assembled into small, rotating study groups, giving each student the opportunity to receive a lesson or masterclass from each member of the faculty--at least four lessons. In addition to morning lessons, Artist Division participants will regularly perform in public masterclasses and recitals, and piano duet (optional) throughout the week.
Artist Division Competition: Selected participants are invited to enter the competition at the end of the festival, competing for cash prizes. First Prize: $750, Second Prize: $500, Third Prize: $250
The Rising Artist Division is open to any progressing pianist, age 13 or older. Pre-College students will receive three private lessons from UFIPF faculty as well as duet coaching. Additionally, the Rising Artist Division students will receive classes in music theory and piano literature class from UF faculty. The Rising Artist students will receive full access to Artist lessons, masterclasses and concerts. All the Rising Artist Division participants are eligible to participate in Piano Duet activities, and will be invited to perform at the festival final competitive concert.
*Students ages between 15-18 will be invited either Artist or Rising Artist division based on the audition results.
In addition to attending all masterclasses and concerts, UFIPF Learners will have open access to observe the private teaching of all faculty and all Pre-College classroom activities, in addition to an optional group lesson with a faculty member. No age limit.
Please Note: Enrollment is limited. The application deadline is April 1, but applications will be considered as they are received. Participants will be notified upon acceptance and given instructions for completing their registration.
Enrollment for the Artist and Rising Artist Divisions are audition-based. If not accepted, applicants are encouraged to enroll in the Learner Division.
The University of Florida School of Music is an All-Steinway School residing within one of the top-ranked public universities in the United States. Participants will experience first-rate instruments as well as excellent practice and performance spaces within the beautiful UF campus. Room and board will be provided on campus, offering convenient walking access to all activities. Gainesville is located in the north-central part of Florida, with nearby access to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and the major cities of Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville.