Piano Activites


Our Instrumental and Vocal Piano Programs Are Aimed at Pianists of Exceptional Pianism, Musicality, and Adventurousness 
Pianists participate in an exceptionally wide range of musical experiences and repertoire. 

The program focuses on collaborative work, including chamber music, projects with small and large ensembles, art song, and in the orchestra on a variety of keyboard instruments. There are also significant opportunities for solo performance and participation in master classes focusing on solo work.  Project coaches in 2017 included Alan Smith, Meng-Chieh Liu, Stephen Drury, and Peter Serkin and pianists worked under TMC conductors including Andris Nelsons, Thomas Ad├Ęs, Charles Dutoit, Bramwell Tovey,and Stefan Asbury; master classes were taught by Garrick Ohlsson, Pierre-Laurent Amiard, and Paul Lewis, among others.  There is a significant emphasis on new music, and pianists have the chance to work with major and emerging composers. In 2017, these composers included Michael Gandolfi, Julian Anderson, Osvaldo Golijov, John Harbison, and Steve Mackey.

Pianists applying to the Tanglewood Music Center generally specify a concentration in either the VOCAL or INSTRUMENTAL piano. Pianists interested in the vocal concentration can read about the  Vocal Arts Program here.

Note that all instrumental pianists will have the opportunity to work with singers in at least one project each summer, and vocal pianists will participate in at least one instrumental ensemble or orchestra project. Master classes will be open to participation by both groups. PLEASE NOTE that the application dates, process, and requirements for each concentration differ significantly. 

NEW IN 2018: Should an applicant wish to participate more equally in both programs, s/he should apply to both. Should the applicant be accepted to the vocal program, s/he would also audition through the regular instrumental application process; if accepted into both, the successful candidate would enter a program that would balance instrumental and vocal projects. Note that the application fee for the instrumental program would be waived for those who have already applied to the vocal piano program, whether successful or not.

For application requirements and to apply to the Piano Fellowship Program, click  here.