Piano Activites

Library] The piano program is aimed at artists of exceptional pianism, musicality, and adventurousness, who wish to participate in a wide range of musical experiences and repertoire.
“It’s maybe the most beautiful place in the world, that offers the opportunity to spend time with leading artists and to get to know them as mentors and as people. There is such a vast variety of things that pianists do.  All the days are full, all the days are rewarding, and many of the days stretch you outside of your box in a way that you didn’t imagine was possible before.” --Dan Overly, Vocal Piano Fellow 2016-2018.

The program focuses on collaborative work, including chamber music, projects with small and large ensembles, art song, and orchestral playing on a variety of keyboard instruments. There are also opportunities for solo performance and participation in master-classes focusing on solo work.

In 2018, coaches included Alan Smith, Meng-Chieh Liu, Stephen Drury, and Peter Serkin. Pianists worked under TMC conductors including Andris Nelsons, Thomas Adès, and Stefan Asbury. Master-classes were taught by Emanuel Ax, Kirill Gerstein, 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.

Pianists applying to the Tanglewood Music Center specify a concentration in either the vocal or instrumental area, noting that the application dates, process, and requirements for each concentration differ significantly. All solo master-classes, however, are open to participation by members of both programs. Additionally, all instrumental pianists have the opportunity to work with singers in at least one project each summer, and vocal pianists participate in at least one instrumental ensemble or orchestra project.

If an applicant wishes to participate fully in both programs, the applicant should first apply to the vocal piano program. If accepted, the applicant should then audition for the instrumental piano program through the normal application process. If accepted into both, the pianist would enter a program that would balance instrumental and vocal projects equally. Note that the application fee for the instrumental program will be waived for those who have already applied to the vocal piano program.