Young Artists Seminar

October 6-10, 2014

Event Location – Neighborhood Academy of Music – 112 Butternut Ln, Clayton, NC 27520

Clayton Piano Festival hosts an intensive, four day piano performance seminar designed to present students with the opportunity to hone their skills and deepen their understanding of the art of piano performance and increase their musical knowledge in an open and friendly setting.  The students will benefit from a multi-angled program including a masterclass providing practical insight into performance related issues, a detailed lecture-discussion of some of the physical aspects of playing, a lecture on the history of the piano and the influences it had on composers and society and a look at various career paths in music including practical advice about how to develope a musical career.  The program will include admission for students to festival concerts of Julia Mortyakova and Milton Laufer.  These activities will provide the occasion for participants to interact with, learn from, and potentially be inspired by the guest artists in an informal, intimate environment.  All events are free and open to the public.

Angelo Rondello chats with students and teachers before a class.


Monday Oct. 6, 7:00-9:00 pmMasterclass – presented by Azamat Sydykov

Students will learn to improve their own performances through the expertise of world renowned concert pianist Azamat Sydykov who received his training from the famed Moscow Conservatory.

Tuesday Oct. 7, 4:00-6:00 pmThe Iron Mongers Instrument – Jonathan Levin takes you through the fascinating and always entertaining story of the piano as an instrument from its birth as an experiment of a Florentine harpsichord maker to the 9 foot monster it is today.

Tuesday Oct. 7, 7:00 pm  @ The Historic Wagner HouseIn Her Shoes – Julia Mortykova presents a celebration of women composers.

Thursday Oct. 9, 7:00-9:00 pmYou Do What? – Julia Mortyakova leads a practical discussion about career developement in music and the many paths to a successful musical livelihood.

Friday Oct. 10, 4:00-6:00 pmLet’s Rephrase That – Margaret Evans, professor of piano at Meredith College hosts a hands on lecture/demonstration about that somewhat elusive idea of musical phrasing.  Students will learn from her guidence through selections of music they are studying.

Friday Oct. 10, 7:00 pm @ The Clayton CenterFrom Brooklyn to Havana – Milton Laufer presents Clayton Piano Festival’s closing concert featuring music by George Gershwin, Ernesto Lecouna, Rapheal Hernandez and more.


Seminar Eligibility and Regulations

•  All are welcome to apply from late intermediate level and up, pre-college and college students alike.

•  Students who wish to participate in either the masterclass or Margaret Evans workshop on phrasing are strongly encouraged to prepare their music from memory.

•  We are pleased to offer the 2014 Young Artists Seminar free of charge for students, only a $15 application fee applies to                  cover expenses.

•  Due to time constraints, a maximum of five students each will perform in both the masterclass and phrasing workshop.  Students will be chosen on a first come, first served basis.  Apply now to reserve your spot.


Applicants to the Young Artists Seminar should submit the following materials:

1. Short biography (please include teachers,

achievements, and extra­musical interests)

2. Completed application

3. $15 application fee

The biography and application may be mailed or
emailed.  The application fee must be a check made out to Clayton Piano Festival.

Application deadline: September 20, 2014 (postmarked)

Mailing information:

Ship to:

Clayton Piano Festival
P. O. Box 340
Clayton, NC 27528

Email to:

Call 919-606-9703 for questions.

Download Application:  YAS Application Form