Who Should Attend? The Piano Seminar is designed for performing pianists at the collegiate/conservatory levels, piano teachers, young professionals in the field, and college/university piano professors in the U.S. and abroad. Participants may enroll as performers, as teachers, or observers. We emphasize the standard literature from a historical perspective as well as teaching aspects and performance practice, focusing especially, but not exclusively, on Classical period composers. The seminar provides the perfect setting to prepare for an upcoming faculty recital, competition, or performance; collaborate with experienced faculty about the art of teaching; or hear major literature performed. (Minimum age for pianists is 18 unless accompanied at the Festival by an adult.)
Piano Program Opportunities. Those enrolling as performers receive two master class or studio class performances and have the opportunity to perform in the final Pianist Recital in the stunning Empiresaal (Empire Hall) of the Esterházy Palace. In addition, you have access to all piano program events. Those enrolling as Teachers or as Observers have access to all events, trips, and lectures. The new, contemporary Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt will be our primary home, with practice facilities and concert hall available to us, up a winding hill above the Esterházy Palace. It is here that we will have our master classes and lecture/demonstrations.
Private Lessons. Participants enrolled as Performers will receive one private lesson which is included in the festival fee. Teachers or Observers may request a private lesson during the festival with one of the piano seminar faculty artists for an additional cost, scheduled as time permits. Private lesson requests should be reserved with Jane Magrath by June 1.
Master Classes. Master classes will feature distinguished artist teachers Alan Chow of the Eastman School of Music, Alvin Chow of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ralf Heiber from the Music and Arts University in Vienna, and Jane Magrath from the University of Oklahoma. Performers may perform in two master classes and/or studio classes and will be notified about these assignments prior to the Festival. Performers, please bring at least two works memorized and at a high level to perform in the master classes or recital.
Lectures. Piano participants will benefit from a variety of fascinating lecture/demonstrations:
Repertoire. The standard piano repertoire is the core of the master classes. Pianists are invited, but not required, to bring a sonata by Haydn since a strong connection with Haydn and his music inevitably is felt by all attending in this unique city and festival.
Recitals. Piano seminar participants enrolled as performers will have an opportunity to perform on a recital held in the Empiresaal of the Esterházy Palace.
The Joseph Haydn Conservatory, situated right across the road from the park of the Palace of Esterházy, was erected in 1971 as a living memorial to the great composer, Joseph Haydn, who spent almost thirty years as musician at the court of the Prince Esterházy. At the Joseph Haydn Conservatory, approximately 400 pupils and students from all over the world are taught by 43 teachers during the academic year. During August, the Conservatory provides the Piano Seminar and the Festival its space for practice, lecture and performance during the Seminar. Pianos are in excellent condition, and include approximately 15 grand and upright pianos for the Festival. Facilities are contemporary, clean, modern, spacious and most welcoming.