Piano Activites

Library]The Tmc Piano Program Provides a Unique Range of Musical Experiences and Repertoire to Artists of Exceptional Pianism, Musicality, and Adventurousness.
“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 piano program emphasizes collaborative work – chamber music, projects with small and large ensembles, art song, and orchestral playing on a variety of keyboard instruments – alongside weekly opportunities for solo public performance and participation in master-classes, often open to the public; pianists should come to the TMC prepared with performance-ready repertoire for these events. Master-classes last season were taught by Kirill Gerstein, Garrick Ohlsson, Paul Lewis, and the TMC resident piano and chamber music faculty among others; individual sessions on solo repertoire with visiting and resident piano faculty are also part of the curriculum, working with such mentors as Peter Serkin and Emanuel Ax. In the orchestra in 2019, pianists will work under conductors including Andris Nelsons, Giancarlo Guerrero, Thomas Adès, and Stefan Asbury. Chamber repertoire always includes standard works, but there is a significant emphasis on new music and on working directly 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. Solo master-classes 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.