On the Path To a Piano Career: Finding Mentors, Camaraderie, and Skills to Compete

Aug 2, 2017

What are all the things you need to know if your goal is to be a concert pianist? More than 20 aspiring musicians ages 12 to 27 will travel to Philadelphia in early August from Asia, South America, Canada, and parts of the United States to find out.

They'll participate in a week-long intensive program, the Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy (PYPA), founded and directed by concert pianist Ching-Yun Hu in 2013, and held at the Curtis Institute of Music.

As WRTI’s Susan Lewis and Meridee Duddleston report, the program offers master classes and performance opportunities, encourages friendships, and provides a sense of what life is like as a professional musician.

Ching-Yun Hu, Mira Yevtich, and Ursula Oppens are among the artists performing at PYPA's evening concerts at Curtis.