A Message from the Artistic Director

Dear Friend of PianoSummer:

The year 2017 begins a new era for PianoSummer at New Paltz! 

For years we have welcomed members and ticketholders with the wish that PianoSummer might someday be able to attract the top emerging young pianists from around the world based solely on their ability to play, not on their ability to pay. Each year, with your support, we have moved closer to reaching that goal. This year, we have finally achieved it!

Beginning with PianoSummer 2017, we will offer tuition and housing at no charge to 25 gifted pianists from around the world, thus giving us a competitive edge in attracting the highest caliber students. All students will take five lessons a week with our distinguished faculty—Robert Hamilton, Phillip Kawin, Paul Ostrovsky, Alexander Korsantia, and myself—gaining different insights and perspectives on the repertoire, and expanding their understanding of music and of themselves. No other summer program offers such an intense schedule and the opportunity to study individually with so many different teachers.

There will be several other equally impressive changes, which are designed to attract these top students. The Jacob Flier Piano Competition will now have a new first prize: a solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City. As you will recall, in the past, our first prize winners performed a piano concerto with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. With the Weill Hall solo recital as the new first prize, our long and memorable collaboration with the HVP has come to a close. In addition, the first prize winner will perform on the SUNY New Paltz Music Concert Series during the academic year, and will return to PianoSummer in 2018, along with the 2017 second and third place Flier winners, to perform on the Flier Competition Gala—the new final PianoSummer concert of the season. Master classes, lectures, and student recitals will continue, as will the PianoSummer Faculty Gala concert and a Guest Artist Recital each season.

Making PianoSummer more competitive and sustainable has been accomplished with funds from the SUNY New Paltz Foundation PianoSummer Endowment, the Feltsman Piano Foundation, memberships, and our enthusiastic audiences. We hope that you share our excitement, and we invite you to come to PianoSummer and hear the rising stars of tomorrow!


Vladimir Feltsman, Artistic Director
PianoSummer at New Paltz