Young Piano Masters Project

The Young Piano Master Project (YPMP) is designed to encourage and nurture excellence in the art of piano performance among talented young artists under the age of 19.

The project is inspired by the philosophy of Edward Aldwell that theory and analysis are an integral part of the art of the performer. Preeminent artists and scholars of our time, including Maestro Murray Perahia and Prof. Carl Schachter, have contributed to formulating the goals and devising the rich content of the project.

The overall objective of the project is to deepen the musical understanding of young pianists and to expand their horizons in diverse areas in addition to piano instruction and standard theoretical studies. Foremost among the objectives of the project is the development of competence in the areas of Schenkerian analysis for interpretation, improvisation, performance practice, comparative analysis of interpretations, and the manner in which all these affect musical performance. The program endeavors to achieve all this by exposing the young pianists to the artistry, knowledge, skill, and insight of the leading performers, scholars, and educators of our age.

Most of the activity is carried out in biweekly meetings of 3 hours, every other Wednesday, at the Conservatory of JAMD. The meetings will consist of lectures, master classes, and workshops. Some of the activities will overlap the EAC’s program of open master classes and recitals. Project faculty consists of leading Israeli musicians and distinguished guests from abroad. Participants are also encouraged to attend the EAC’s regular program of master classes and recitals.

2012-2013 Program

The 2012-2013 Program of the Young Piano Masters Project will be held at the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Meetings will take place every other Wednesday, between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., with a half hour break between 6 and 6:30.

Program faculty
Director of Theory Programs: Prof. Eytan Agmon
Theory Program Instructor: Yuval Cohen, PhD Candidate, NYU


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Participants will perform at one or more of the following five concerts at the Eden-Tamir Music Center in Ein Kerem, broadcast live on the Voice of Music:
- December 28, 2012, 12 a.m.
- February 8, 2013, 12 a.m.
- March 8, 2013, 12 a.m.
- May 3, 2013, 12 a.m.
- Israel Festival, May/June, 2013 (exact date TBA)

The exact date and location of the end-of-the-year gala concert will be announced later.

Check back soon for the complete, weekly schedule of the YPMP program!
We are looking forward to seeing you again next year.