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piano program


The Summer Piano Program of the MIPFA presents two intensive sessions of private lessons, masterclasses, lectures and performance opportunities designed to guide and inspire young artists pursuing a concert career.

Participants will interact with an incredible group of international performing artists that will provide inspirational experiences through the exposure of a variety of valid sources of information directed toward achieving artistic freedom. Professors and participants will coexist and share unforgettable life experiences even outside of lessons and masterclasses.

Two sessions available for the Summer:

First session. June 16th to 24th: Piano & Two Piano Programs
Second session. June 25th to July 3rd: Piano & String Sonata Programs

Participants will be able to join the academy for a single session, although the MIPFA highly encourages students to take part in both, since the faculty team, workshops and chamber music activities will be substantially different in both.


All faculty members are regular performers at the Miami International Piano Festival with important international careers.  They have been selected for the faculty at the Academy because they are not only exceptional artists but because they have the motivation and skills to share their knowledge and experience with younger pianists.

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activities of
the program

Pianists participating in any of the two sessions of the summer Piano program will take part in the following activities:

Private lessons

All students will have 6 (45 minute) private lessons in each session (12 lessons in both).

Masterclasses & presentations

Daily Masterclasses and presentations by the faculty and members of the Residence Program. Masterclasses will be thematic making them more interesting and informative for participants. Topics of the masterclasses will be announced.

Nature tours

Dobbiaco/Toblach is located in the Italian Dolomites, a UNESCO world heritage site, the most magical, mystical, enchanting and inspirational place. Participants will enjoy nature guided tours around its area and the marvelous lake of the city.


During the Academy, participants will have the opportunity to participate in optional workshops that aim to extend their musical (and extra-musical) abilities, such as piano tuning, piano transcriptions, improvisation, and audiovisual recording skills.

Collaborative Opportunities

Participants will receive coaching from artists in the piano faculty and the string faculty.

Interactive discussions, films and shared personal experiences.

Sharing personal experiences and having interactive discussions during the program are very much at the center of the Academy’s philosophy.

Faculty recitals

According to our surveys, one of the most unforgettable experiences for our participants during the academy encounters are the faculty recitals. The MIPFA believes that these live performances have a profound impact on them and are very inspiring, especially after studying with them privately and attending their masterclasses.  Hearing them perform live is a life-changing experience for our participants.

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Participants' recitals

At the end of the program all participants will perform in a recital which will show the results of their experience during the Academy.  Every performance will be professionally video & audio recorded.


First session


Pianists taking part in the first session will be able to participate in a TWO PIANO PROGRAM, through intensive master classes focusing on the art of playing duo piano through study of one four-hand piece and a significant work for two pianos. Participants will have the opportunity to work on interpretive concepts, style, and balance, as well as a comprehensive understanding of the musical score, and will bring each piece up to performance level.

Applicants may apply singly or as pre-formed duos. Single applicants will be matched up with partners and repertoire assigned ahead of time. Pre-formed duos may select their own repertoire in consultation with a member of our faculty.

Second session

chamber music with strings

During the second session a Chamber Music with Strings Program will run parallelled to the Piano Program and will be led by violinist Igor Gruppman, violist Vesna Gruppman and cellist Jeffrey Solow, who not only will bring a wealth of experience to pianists and string players but will share the tradition and influence of the great violinists of the past like Jasha Heifetz, David Oistrach, Leonid Kogan and cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.    

The unique program of the Piano academy is intimate in nature, devoid of any expectations and demands. The String Sonata Program, which is the natural offspring of the MIPFA will follow the same format and it will be the first step to a full Chamber Music Program.

Know more about the Chamber Music Programs


The following topics will be present in masterclases and lecturers by our faculty. Participants are welcome to present their repertoire according to this, although the list is non-exclusive and you will still be able to work repertoire outside this list in private lessons.

First Session:

Topics To Be Announced

Second Session:

Topics To Be Announced