Pianists at the TMC participate in a
wide range of musical experiences, all at the highest
Exceptional pianism and musicality are sought in the pianists who apply, as are pianists who are adventurous and interested in exploring repertoire and participating in valued musical experiences.
The program focuses especially on collaborative work, in which pianists are coached by eminent artists in chamber music settings, in projects with small and large ensembles, in piano and chamber music master classes, and in the orchestra on a variety of keyboard instruments, and in art song and vocal chamber music, which in 2016 included work with singers Dawn Upshaw and Stephanie Blythe.
The study of solo repertoire is also encouraged both in master classes and in private sessions with renowned artists. In recent years pianists have worked in master classes with such distinguished musicians as Emanuel Ax, Garrick Ohlsson, and Paul Lewis, Stephen Drury, Meng-Chieh Liu, and Alan Smith. Pianists last season also had opportunities for private sessions with Peter Serkin.
At the TMC there is a significant emphasis on new music and pianists have the chance to work with major and emerging composers on premiere performances. Recent interactions have included participation in new works by John Williams, André Previn, John Harbison, Michael Gandolfi, and Osvaldo Golijov.
Pianists applying to the Tanglewood Music Center specify a concentration in either vocal or instrumental piano. PLEASE NOTE that the application dates, process and requirements for each concentration differ significantly. Once accepted pianists are encouraged to work outside of their concentrations: based upon individual interests and experience, vocal pianists may perform in one or more projects that do not contain voice including solo repertoire and instrumental chamber music, and instrumental pianists may participate in one or more vocal projects, including art song or chamber music that includes voice.
Pianists interested in the vocal concentration can read about the Vocal Arts Program here.
For application requirements and to apply to the Piano Fellowship Program, click here.