The piano program is
aimed at artists of exceptional pianism, musicality, and
adventurousness, who wish to 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 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 2017, project coaches included Alan Smith, Meng-Chieh Liu, Stephen Drury, and Peter Serkin. Pianists worked under TMC conductors including Andris Nelsons, Thomas Adès, Charles Dutoit, 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.
VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL PROGRAMS
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 both 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.