Piano Summer Program
July 3-17, 2021 -- Varna, Bulgaria
on the Beach of the Black Sea

A Revolutionary 3-Credit Piano Summer Program Designed to Build Your Portfolio and Boost Your Exposure

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Individual Lessons and Masterclasses with Our World-Renowned Faculty

  • Svetlana Smolina

    Acclaimed Russian solo and concert pianist whose international performance tours have included North & South America, China, Europe, India and Russia. Svetlana is the Director of the Piano Program at the Philadelphia International Music Festival, and recital accompanist to multiple world-renowned soloists, including Vadim Repin.

  • Christopher O'Riley

    American pianist and former host of NPR's (National Public Radio) From the Top. Christopher has achieved international recognition for his piano arrangements of alternative artists (e.g. Radiohead), and is  known to millions across the United States of America.

  • Nadejda Tzanova

    Multi-award winning Bulgarian concert pianist with regular performances and tours throughout Europe. Nadejda is the recipient of three Grand Prix Awards, as well as prizes at Debut Berlin, the Imka Competition, Paris’ “Flame”, and many more.

  • Borislava Taneva

    Professor of piano at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. Professor Taneva performs regularly as a soloist with orchestras throughout the Balkans and Greece, and gives regular masterclasses throughout Europe.

Choose Between Two Participation Options

The mission statement of this program is to provide pianists with professional, multi-angle footage of them performing a concerto with a symphony orchestra or a solo work in a recording studio, 8 days of lessons and masterclasses with our world-renowned faculty, and 3 credits to be applied to any University across the world.

#1: Concerto with Orchestra

Record a Piano Concerto with the European Recording Orchestra (ERO). Choose one from our list of options below. Studio recorded (multi-cam 1080p video and audio), mixed and edited by our team. Coaching, masterclasses and rehearsals on the work by our world-renowned faculty. 9 places available for this option. 

#2: Solo Piano Recording

Record a work of your choosing for Solo Piano and have it studio recorded (multi-cam 1080p video and audio), mixed and edited by our team. Coaching and masterclasses on the work by our world-renowned faculty. 15 places available for this option. 

3 Credits

3 transferrable university credits conferred upon completion! (approx. 6 ECTS credits)

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European Academy of Fine Arts / Irish American University, an accredited institution of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the United States. 3 credits transfer to approximately 6 ECTS credits in Europe.

2021 Piano Summer Program Schedule

July 2

ARRIVAL DAY AND CHECK-IN

Plan to arrive in Varna (Varna Airport VAR) and check-in to the hotel on this day.
Additional days in the hotel can be arranged with our administrative team.

July 3-6

lessons and masterclasses

One-on-one lessons with our faculty. Group masterclasses on each of the performer's selected works. Practice time in the evenings for your solo or concerto work.

july 7

day off

Enjoy the beautiful beach of the Black Sea,
or practice to your heart's content!

JULY 8-11

lessons and masterclasses

One-on-one lessons with our faculty. Group masterclasses on each of the performer's selected works. Practice time in the evenings for your solo or concerto work.

JULY 12

DAY OFF

Enjoy the beautiful beach of the Black Sea,
or practice to your heart's content!

JULY 13-15

concerto recording sessions

Pianists who choose to record a Concerto with Symphony Orchestra will record on these days. Pianists who choose to record a piano solo will participate in the recording process.

JULY 16-17

solo piano rec. sessions

Pianists who choose to record a work for Solo Piano will record on these days. Concerto pianists will participate in the recording process. Closing Dinner at 9:00pm on July 18.

JULY 18

departure day and check-out

Tuition covers your hotel until this date, but all students can arrange to stay for longer with our administrative team.

4-Star Hotel Accommodation at the Cherno More Hotel Included In Your Tuition

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Our Facilities

Masterclasses and Lessons held at the Music Academy of Varna and The National Schools of the Arts. Piano practice rooms included.

Recording Sessions held at Kamchia. Watch the video, and you'll see why.

 

Deposit to Reserve Your Spot

Submit the €250 deposit below to reserve your spot. Our Admissions Director will be in contact to finalize your enrollment and agree on which recording option you will participate in. Note: the deposit is non-refundable, unless it is deemed by our team that you are not at an adequate level to participate.

#1 Concerto with Orchestra

€3,800

includes:

  • 8 days of masterclasses and private lessons with our faculty

  • access to all piano practice facilities

  • 16 nights in the 4-star Cherno More hotel on the Black Sea

  • full rehearsal and recording session of a concerto below

  • multi-cam 1080p footage of your session

  • fully mixed and produced promotional video

Concerto Options

Mozart Concerto in A Major K. 488 (choose one movement)

Mozart Concerto in D Minor K. 466 (choose one movement)

Grieg Piano Concerto, Movement 1

Prokofiev Concerto #2, Movement 1

Prokofiev Concerto #3, Movement 1

Haydn Piano Concerto in D Major (choose one movement)

Tchaikovsky Concerto #1, Movement 1

Beethoven Concerto #1 (choose one movement)

Beethoven Concerto #3 (choose one movement)

Liszt Concerto #1, Movement 1

Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor, Movement 1

Chopin Concerto #1 in E Minor, Movement 1

Chopin Concerto #2 in F Minor, Movement 1

Chopin Andante spianato et grande polonaise brilliante in Eb Major

#2 Work for Solo Piano

€2,800

includes:

  • 8 days of masterclasses and private lessons with our faculty

  • access to all piano practice facilities

  • 16 nights in the 4-star Cherno More hotel on the Black Sea

  • full rehearsal and recording session of a solo piano work

  • multi-cam 1080p footage of your session

  • fully mixed and produced promotional video

Solo Piano Options

Students choose which work they'd like to prepare and record. All works must be approved by our team prior to arrival.

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European Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia is an Instructional Site of Irish American University. IAMU is an accredited institution of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the organization that accredits The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York Academy of Art, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, West Point United States Military Academy, and more.

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