Piano Intensive Program
Program Information

Overview

The C-GAP PIANO INTENSIVE PROGRAM at Chigiana is an intensive 3-week course designed to provide extraordinary opportunities and exposure to graduate student pianists. The program includes individual lessons, seminars and masterclasses, with an emphasis on solo repertoire. Students will enhance their artistic skills through pre-professional experiences both in class and by performing in historical venues in Siena and around Italy.

 

What does the program offer?

The C-GAP Piano Intensive Program is an intensive opportunity to study abroad in Siena, Italy at the world renowned Accademia Musicale Chigiana. The program is tailored towards graduate students currently enrolled at institutions of higher learning. Participants will leave the Accademia Chigiana with a video recording of the final concert.

Pianists will participate in individual lessons and masterclasses. The activities of the Piano Intensive program take place within the festival Primavera Chigiana. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the cultural outings organized within the Summer C-GAP, and study Italian language through daily morning lessons with our dedicated instructor. 

The piano intensive course is organized by Dean and Program Director Antonio Artese in collaboration with lead faculty Prof. Boris Berman (Yale) and Prof. Carol Leone (SMU). Guest artists will give masterclasses.

 

Who should apply?

We invite applications from graduate students who have prepared a significant solo repertoire. If currently enrolled, applicants should be in good academic standing and have a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. International students and students from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The Program is open to all students from any accredited institution of higher learning and offers space to a maximum of 8 students.

BHI# 09-002 - Yale Music - various artists
Boris Berman
Piano
Carol+Leone
Carol Leone
Piano
Shared Room
Program Assistant
Performance Opportunities
Italian Lessons
Student Card for University Canteen (discounted meals)
concert tickets for C-GAP performances
Orientation
Cultural outings
Wi-Fi
online scheduling of practice rooms
Video Recording of final concert

Program Tuition & Fees – $3500

April 1st – $500 deposit due (applied directly to program fees)
May 1st – Tuition balance due 

Fees DO NOT include: travel to/from Italy, airport transfer to/from Siena, regular meals, international phone plan, optional weekend travel.

Partial Scholarships are Available from the Accademia Chigiana and the U.S. non-profit “Friends of Chigiana”.

We encourage students to explore financial aid and scholarship opportunities at their home university and through external funding sources. We are available to provide additional program information to students applying for grants and scholarships.

2020 PIANO INTENSIVE PROGRAM – 3 WEEKS
JUNE 8 – JUNE 26, 2020

ONLINE ORIENTATION via Google Hangouts
SATURDAY, MAY 23rd at 2:00 PM EST

STUDENTS ARRIVAL:
SATURDAY, JUNE 6th or SUNDAY, JUNE 7th

ON- SITE ORIENTATION:
MONDAY, JUNE 8th 10 AM – 11:30 AM
All students MUST be present at orientation

WELCOME DINNER:
MONDAY, JUNE 8th 7:30 PM

PROGRAM ENDS:
FRIDAY JUNE 26, 2020 – FINAL CONCERT 7:30PM*
All students are required to attend the final concert.

FAREWELL DINNER:
FRIDAY, JUNE 26th 9:00 PM

STUDENTS VACATE APARTMENTS:
SATURDAY, JUNE 27th by 12 PM

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020
Program Dates: June 8 – June 26, 2020
Arrive: June 6, 2020
Depart: June 27, 2020

Essential Links

Final Concert 2019
L. van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 26
in Mi bemolle maggiore Op. 81a “Les Adieux”
i. Adagio – Allegro
Elisabeth Tsai

Coursework

PIANO PERFORMANCE
An emphasis is placed on solo repertoire. All students will have 2 individual lessons per week for a total of 6 lessons. Each professor will give one 3-hour masterclass open to the public. Students will have the opportunity to perform in Siena and other locations in Italy.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE
(optional – no credit)
An efficient Italian language course for beginners to advanced students especially designed for the musician.

All teaching is in English by local and visiting faculty/artists.

Classes are held Monday-Friday.
Most weekends will be free of program commitments.

Eligibility

The PIANO INTENSIVE PROGRAM is open to all graduate-level students from any university (and exceptional undergraduates upon recommendation). The program will accept a maximum of 8 students. 

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS:

  • At least 30 minutes of completed solo repertoire suitable for lessons, masterclasses and performances
  • At least 30 minutes of new solo repertoire suitable for lessons.