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.
UPDATE: Please note our reformatted programs. Instead of Artist Division and Academy Division, we will have selected Festival Fellows and participants in the Young Artist Program.
Highly advanced applicants will be selected as Festival Fellows. Fellows will be assigned to rotating study groups, giving each student the opportunity to receive a lesson or masterclass from each member of the faculty, four lessons. In addition to morning lessons, Festival Fellows will be invited to perform in the evening recitals, both solo and piano duet pieces (optional).
There will be no competition for Festival Fellows, but they will be featured in the evening recitals.
Academy Division is open to progressing pianists, age 13 or older. Academy students will receive three private lessons from UFIPF faculty as well as duet coaching. Additionally, the participants will receive classes in music theory, piano literature, music production and the Alexander Technique class from UF faculty. All the Academy participants are eligible to participate in Piano Duet activities and will be invited to perform at the festival's final competitive concert.
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 15, 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 Division and Academy is audition-based. If not accepted, applicants are encouraged to enroll in the Learner Division.
Participants in all divisions are invited to join the Music Production Workshop by UF Music Business/Entrepreneurship professor, Dr. José Valentino Ruiz. Participants will learn the basics of music production, including but not limited to, MIDI and other digital musicianship skills.
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.