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…

Yu Xi Wang

Pianist Yu Xi Wang is on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music where she teaches Core Studies, Supplementary Piano, and Keyboard Studies. Prior to her 2013 appointment at Curtis, Ms. Wang taught piano at  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

Competition Rules & Regulations

Two-Week and One-Week Program Sessions Available

June Session

  • Two-Week Pre-College Program Dates: June 15 – June 28, 2019
  • One-Week Pre-College Program Dates:  June 15 – June 21 / June 22 – June 28, 2019

July Session

  • Two-Week Pre-College Program Dates – July 13 – July 26, 2019
  • One-Week Pre-College Program Dates – July 13 – July 19 / July 20 – July 26, 2019

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 instructional piano seminars including topics such as music theory, four-hand literature, sight reading, etc; two – four hours of required, daily private practice; optional daily chamber music rehearsals; a concerto competition through which winners perform as soloists with the popular Ocean City Pops Orchestra; weekly piano master class, festival-wide solo performance opportunities; and much more!

Piano Faculty: June 15 – June 28, 2019   Piano Faculty: July 13 – July 26, 2019   Piano Faculty: Other

Daily Schedule




  • 9:00 a.m. to Noon – Private Practice/Private Lessons (3-5 private lessons weekly)
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 12:50 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. – Piano Duet Class
  • 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Piano Seminar (Music Theory, Four-Hand Literature, Sight Reading, etc.)
  • 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Choice between Chamber Music, Drama, Private Practice or Sporting Activities
  • 5:30 p.m. – Dinner


College and Young Professionals


  • 9:00 a.m. to Noon – Private Practice/Private Lessons/Audition Preparation Seminars
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 2:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Private Practice/Private Lessons
  • 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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