Piano Studies Program | Presented by Cunningham Piano Company

Svetlana Smolina, pianist

Svetlana Smolina

Pianist Svetlana Smolina, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, has performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. Some recent notable solo appearances with orchestras include Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Read More…

Ashley Hsu

Pianist Ashley Hsu is an accomplished solo and chamber musician. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Hsu has previously studied at the Juilliard School and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was a student of Gary Graffman. Read More…


Hugh Sung

Pianist Hugh Sung has been an active soloist and chamber musician ever since his debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 11. Two years later, he was accepted for studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, Read More…

Enter the new Cunningham Piano Competition!

2017 Winner: Daniel Zhu
2018 Winner: Alyssa Gabrilovich
2019 Winner: Nichola Salloum

Competition Rules & Regulations

June Session

  • Two-Week Pre-College Program Dates – June 20 – July 3, 2020
  • One-Week Pre-College Program Dates – June 20 – June 26 / June 27 – July 3, 2020

July Session

  • Two-Week Pre-College Program Dates – July 18 – July 31, 2020
  • One-Week Pre-College Program Dates – July 18 – 24 / July 25 – July 31, 2020

The Philadelphia International Music Festival Piano Studies Program is designed for intermediate to advanced-level pianists and includes: three – five private lessons weekly with our faculty pianists; daily morning master classes with guest instructors; daily instructional piano seminars focusing on four-hand literature; daily, hour-long music class instruction, including a choice between: music theory, jazz, composition, conducting, and choir; two – four hours of required, daily private practice; two evening master classes; optional daily chamber music rehearsals; a concerto competition through which winners are offered an opportunity to perform at the following season’s Winner’s Concert; weekly piano master class, festival-wide solo performance opportunities; and much more!

Piano Faculty: June 20 – July 3, 2020   Piano Faculty: July 18 – July 31, 2020   Piano Faculty: Other

Daily Schedule


  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Private Practice/Private Lessons (Three private lessons weekly)
  • 11:00 a.m. to Noon – Daily Piano Masterclass
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 12:50 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. – Piano Duet Class or Elective
  • 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Piano Duet Class or Elective
  • 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Choice between Chamber Music, Drama, Private Practice or Sporting Activities
  • 5:30 p.m. – Dinner

Evening Activities

Evening Activities include: Faculty Recitals and Master Classes with Principal Players and other members of The Philadelphia Orchestra; Student Solo Performances and Concerto Competitions; Off-Campus trips to Philadelphia Orchestra concert (s ) and to Ocean City, New Jersey; “Play-ins” Conducted by Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra; Festival-wide Talent Show; Movie Night; and much more!

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2017 PIMF attendee Kevin Xu performing Weber’s “Invitation to the Dance”

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