The Piano Concerto Festival

3rd Edition

In Collaboration With The Orquestra Clássica Do Sul 

 

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!

3 - 9 July, 2023
Faro, Portugal

Our Mission

Perform With A Symphony Orchestra
3 July 2023
9 July 2023

'When I originally founded this festival, it was to give young pianists a rare opportunity to play with an orchestra. I mean, how often in a piano competition, for example, do you see a young, talented soloist, make it all the way to the final stage, only to deliver an unprepared final concerto performance?' - Congyu Wang, Steinway Artist 

In light of the founder's original motivation, The Piano Concerto Festival provides  pianists of all levels and backgrounds the opportunity to rehearse and perform with a high quality professional symphony orchestra.

For our 3rd edition, we look forward to bringing our festival participants to a stunning new location in Faro, on the southern coast of Portugal. We will offer each participant one-to-one masterclasses with professors from our renowned faculty, and we also offer the possibility of shooting a professional video recording of their concerto performance.

A number of our participants will be selected (on merit) to perform their concerto of choice in our closing Gala Concert. There is also the possibility that participants may be offered various performance engagements, at the discretion of our faculty.

 

Information

General Information

The Piano Concerto Festival, 3rd edition, will take place in Faro, Portugal, from July 3rd to July 9th, 2023.

In some cases, foreign participants may need visas. Applicants should consult the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate for advice. The Piano Concerto Festival team is happy to provide invitation letters for the purpose of visa applications.

All participants will be granted minimum two hours practice per day. Outside the allotted schedule, participants are free to practise for extra time if they find available practice rooms. 

All participation in the course will be confirmed with a festival diploma. This will be provided in the form of a digital certificate, but a physical copy can be obtained upon request.

Important Dates

November 1st, 2022 - Applications Open

January 1st, 2023 - Early Application Deadline

May 1st, 2023 - Application Deadline

May 14th, 2023 - Notification of Acceptance or Non-Acceptance

July 2nd, 2023 - Arrival of Participants in Faro

July 3rd, 2023 - Festival Begins

July 9th, 2023 - Closing Gala Concert

Application Procedures

There is no prescribed age limit, but applications must be completed through the online system.

All applications are due by 23:59 BST, on Monday, May 1st, 2023. Early applications are due by 23:59 GMT, on Sunday, January 1st, 2023.

Applicants will submit a processing fee of €90, or €60 if the application is completed before January 1st, 2023, payable through the online application system. Further payments will only be made upon notification of acceptance.

All active participants will receive at minimum 2 masterclasses during the festival. Applicants must, on the application form, indicate their first and second choice teachers from the faculty that they wish to have masterclasses with. All active participants will receive at least one masterclass from either their first or second choice professor.

We ask that you submit a link (i.e. YouTube, Dropbox, etc.) to a video recording of any length, whether solo or collaborative, during the application process. This recording will be used for selection purposes, and will also determine which professors you will be assigned if your application is successful. The recording does not need to be in one continuous take, and may consist of multiple recordings edited into a longer video, but there may not be any editing within individual pieces or movements.

Applicants may choose one concerto from the repertoire list for performance with orchestra. This choice may be changed up until 23:59 BST, on Thursday, June 1st, 2023. Feel free to contact the team at info@pianoconcertofestival.com for any changes.

An acknowledgement will be sent to each applicant upon receipt of the completed application form and registration fee. Applicants will not be able to submit unless all required fields are completed.

All applicants will be notified by May 14th, 2023, as to whether or not their application has been accepted.

 

Fees

All payments can be made through our online system. You will be guided to offers that are applicable to you. 

Application Fee

The application fee stands at €90. However, if an early application is completed before January 1st, 2023, the application fee will be reduced to €60.

If you are unsure about applying still, then feel free to look through some additional information on our application page here

Active Participants

If your application is successful, you will be required to confirm your participation in The Piano Concerto Festival. At this point, you will be required to pay the baseline fees for your participation.

As an active participant, you are guaranteed to receive a minimum of 2 masterclasses, including at least one class with either your first or second choice professor. You will also get the opportunity to perform your chosen concerto in its entirety with our partner orchestra - The Orquestra Clássica Do Sul.

The price of this is €797.

Orchestral Pro

For participants that would like to get the most out of our event, we also offer an upgraded festival package. 

On top of the active participant privileges granted to all our students, you can receive an additional 50 minutes of rehearsal time with our partner orchestra (to be scheduled before your performance). We'll even throw in a complimentary video, shot professionally for your own personal use!

The price of this is €1197, on top of the baseline course fees.

Festival Classic

For those that are either unsuccessful in their applications, or simply just want to come see how we operate before committing as a full participant, we've created a more traditional package to allow you to come and experience the festival anyway!

You'd be granted full access to all the events throughout the course of the festival, and on top of that, you'd receive 3 masterclasses with members of our faculty!

The price of this is just €497. This portion of the festival will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, and you will be diverted automatically to the sign-up page upon completing the official festival application through any of the of application buttons on this homepage (or by clicking here).

In the unlikely event that the studio ends up completely full, refunds will be issued and priority will be granted for future editions of The Piano Concerto Festival.

Accommodation

Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. However, The Piano Concerto Festival team will be offering recommendations in due course.

 

Repertoire

Camille Saint-Saëns:
Piano Concerto no. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22

Piano Concerto no. 5 in F Major, Op. 103

 

Maurice Ravel:

Piano Concerto For The Left Hand in D Major M. 82

Piano Concerto in G Major, M. 83

George Gershwin:

Piano Concerto in F Major

Rhapsody in Blue

Béla Bartók:

Piano Concerto no. 1 in E Minor, Sz. 83, BB 91

Piano Concerto no. 2 in G Major, Sz. 95, BB 101

Piano Concerto no. 3 in E Major, Sz. 119, BB 127

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto no. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23

Piano Concerto no. 2 in G Major, Op. 44
 

Alexander Scriabin:

Piano Concerto in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 20

Sergei Rachmaninoff:

Piano Concerto no. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 1

Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Piano Concerto no. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Sergei Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto no. 1 in D-Flat major, Op. 10

Piano Concerto no. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

Piano Concerto no. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Piano Concerto no. 4 For The Left Hand in B-Flat Major, Op. 53

Piano Concerto no. 5 in G Major, Op. 55

Dmitri Shostakovich:

Piano Concerto no. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35

Piano Concerto no. 2 in F Major, Op. 102

 

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Piano Concerto no. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052

Joseph Haydn:

Piano Concerto no. 11 in D Major, Hob. XVIII: 11

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Piano Concerto no. 9 in E-Flat Major, K. 271

Piano Concerto no. 11 in F Major, K. 413

Piano Concerto no. 12 in A Major, K. 414

Piano Concerto no. 13 in C Major, K. 415

Piano Concerto no. 14 in E-Flat Major, K. 449

Piano Concerto no. 15 in B-Flat Major, K. 450

Piano Concerto no. 16 in D Major, K. 451

Piano Concerto no. 17 in G Major, K. 453

Piano Concerto no. 18 in B-Flat Major, K. 456

Piano Concerto no. 19 in F Major, K. 459

Piano Concerto no. 20 in D Minor, K. 466

Piano Concerto no. 21 in C Major, K. 467

Piano Concerto no. 22 in E-Flat Major, K. 482

Piano Concerto no. 23 in A Major, K. 488

Piano Concerto no. 24 in C Minor, K. 491

Piano Concerto no. 25 in C Major, K. 503

Piano Concerto no. 26 in D Major, K. 537

Piano Concerto no. 27 in B-Flat Major, K. 595

 

Ludwig van Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major Op. 58

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major Op. 73
 

Felix Mendelssohn:

Piano Concerto no. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25

Piano Concerto no. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40


Frédéric Chopin:
Piano Concerto no. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11
Piano Concerto no. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21

 

Robert Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54


Franz Liszt:
Piano Concerto no. 1 in E-Flat Major, S. 124
Piano Concerto no. 2 in A Major, S. 125

Totentanz, S. 126

Edvard Grieg:
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16

 

If you wish to perform a concerto not prescribed on the repertoire list, feel free to contact us at info@pianoconcertofestival.com to discuss other possibilities before May, 2023.

 

Faculty

We at The Piano Concerto Festival are proud to be gathering a faculty of inspirational teachers from all over the world.

Christopher Elton

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Christopher's international recognition has come as a result of the many successes of his students at the Royal Academy of Music. Many have won international awards, including top prizes at prestigious competitions such as Van Cliburn, Tchaikovsky, Leeds, Geneva, Santander, Geza Anda, Rio, Munich ARD, YPF European Grand Prix, Dublin, Jaen, Leipzig Bach, New Orleans, Horowitz, London, Dudley and Ettlingen International Piano Competitions. Students have also been successful in the prestigious Young Concert Artists award in New York, as well as in the London Young Concert Artists Trust.

Many of his students, such as Freddy Kempf, Benjamin Grosvenor, Anna Geniushene, Ashley Wass and Yevgeny Sudbin are now successful recording artists with major contracts.
 

While his priority is to his work at the Royal Academy of Music, Christopher has also been much in demand overseas both as a teacher and as a jury member for international competitions such as Van Cliburn, Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein and Leeds amongst many others. Within the last few years he has given masterclasses in the USA, China, Japan, Israel, Korea, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Spain, Germany, Ireland and Vietnam, many of them for important conservatories or universities.

Born in Edinburgh, Christopher received most of his musical education at the Royal Academy of Music, where he achieved the unusual distinction of gaining the Academy’s highest performing award - the DipRAM - on both piano and cello. He was elected a Fellow in 1983, and later in 2002, he received the title of Professor of the University of London.

Congyu Wang

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Amongst being the founder and artistic director of the Piano Island Festival and the International Chopin Competition in South Africa. Steinway Artist Congyu Wang is also the founder of The Piano Concerto Festival, of which he ran two editions before deciding to expand his team due to the demands of his growing concert schedule. He is also an ambassador for several charitable foundations - Association des Jeunes Musiciens (Young musicians), Association Koinonia (International Refugees) and the Grace International Foundation Liverpool (Youth Development).

Born in Singapore, Congyu Wang started playing the piano at the age of 3 under the tutelage of Sylvia Ng. He was selected for a scholarship that enabled him to attend the prestigious Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where he studied with renowned French pianists Jean-Marc Luisada and Odile Catelin-Delangle. He later enrolled in the Schola Cantorum (Paris) to continue his studies with Gabriel Tacchino (who had been Francis Poulenc’s only student).

Since graduating from his further education, Congyu has made appearances in over 800 recitals across Europe and Asia. He has earned a reputation for delivering stunning performances of extremely demanding works and boasts a vast repertoire including 30 piano concertos, along with the complete solo piano oeuvre of Chopin and Poulenc.

Highlights of some of his performances include festival appearances at Château de la Verrerie (France), Ernen Music Festival (Switzerland), the Geza Anda Piano Festival Masterclasses (Berlin), the International Isang Yun Academy (Paris), International Hammer Klavier Piano Series (Barcelona), International Piano Festival (Amarante), Festival Langtang (Reunion Island) and Chopin Fest (Belgrade). Congyu Wang has performed for many important guests internationally, including the Prince of Brunei, the Prime Minister of Singapore, and also the Ambassadors of France, Singapore, China and Norway.

Vasco Dantas

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Portuguese pianist Vasco Dantas obtained his Bachelor's Degree with 1st Class Honours at the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied piano performance with Dmitri Alexeev and Niel Immelman, as well as conducting with Peter Stark and Natalia Luis-Bassa. He concluded his Master's Degree in Performance with highest honours under the guidance of Heribert Koch, at the University of Münster.

He joins The Piano Concerto Festival as co-artistic director this year.

A previous 1st Prize Winner of the Santa Cecilia International Piano Competition in Porto, Vasco made his New York Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2019. His concert schedule has taken him all over the world, and he has featured at venues such as the Grand Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Hong Kong's City Hall, Porto's Casa de Música and the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées amongst others.

As a faculty member of The Piano Concerto Festival, Vasco has significant experience working with orchestra, and has previously collaborated with ensembles such as the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, Orquestra Clássica do Centro, Orquestra Clássica do Sul, Orquestra Festival de Música Júnior, Filarmónica Portuguesa, Filarmónica das Beiras, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa, Orquestra do Norte, Orquestra Promenade, Sinfónica de Cascais, and Sinfónica Portuguesa, amongst others.

Vasco is also the co-artistic director of the Algarve Music Series, one of the primary collaborative partners of The Piano Concerto Festival.

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Our Partners

We at The Piano Concerto Festival always strive for higher ideals. And so for our 3rd edition, we have formed a number of new partnerships to improve the quality of our overall event experience.

Câmara Municipal de Faro

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The Piano Concerto Festival is proudly supported by the Faro city council. 

The Câmara Municipal de Faro is committed to providing its local population with access to the arts. As a governing organisation, they hold the strong belief that culture of all sorts is essential to the development of unique identities within their community.

Teatro das Figuras

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The Teatro das Figuras presents itself as a venue that is keen on building a continuous and creative relationship with its community, contributing to the cultural development of the city of Faro, the Algarve region and the country.

Above all else, it is a visually appeasing, modern theatre, with superb acoustics - perfect for piano concertos!

Orquestra Clássica do Sul

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The Orquestra Clássica do Sul (OCS) is dedicated to offering performances of high artistic quality to the regions of Algarve, Alentejo and the Setubal peninsula, as well as to the Spanish region of Andalusia.

The ensemble's standard is guaranteed through its process of selecting musicians through international public auditions, which has also resulted in bringing together a diverse group consisting of over 14 different nationalities.

Algarve Music Series

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The Algarve Music Series has offered performance opportunities for any festival participants of their own choosing.

Based in the Algarve region of Portugal, the Algarve Music Series is entering into its 8th edition in 2023. Whilst having a primary focus on chamber music, past concerts have also featured solo recitals and interdisciplinary collaborations.

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