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Stony Brook International Piano Festival

June 28 - July 11, 2015

In honor of Jorge Bolet

A unique program of intensive piano study designed for middle and high school students who are serious about piano playing, and who are considering majoring in piano performance at the college level.

• Artist Faculty: Dr. Amy Gustafson, Dr. Jose Ramon Mendez, Sarah Lepp, Stephen Lee
• Guest Artist Faculty: Mirian Conti, Alexander Kobrin, Juan Carlos Fernandez Nieto, Peter Takacs
• 3 Guest Artist Recitals
• 5 private lessons
• Supervised daily practice
• Miniature courses on music theory, critical listening, practice methods, & piano literature
• 2 Trips to New York City
• Student recitals at New York City's Yamaha Piano Salon and The Stony Brook School's Carson Auditorium


$2650 - (includes room and all meals for two weeks; transportation to and from airport upon request; five private lessons; entrance to all concerts, lectures and courses; and two trips to New York City)


Partial scholarships will be awarded. If you would like to be considered for one of these scholarships, please include a letter with your application explaining why you should be considered.

Applicant Eligibility

Middle and high-school students, ages 11 to 17, who are studying the piano seriously and considering majoring in piano performance at the college level. Enrollment is limited to around ten highly qualified applicants.

Entrance Requirements

Application and audition CD or DVD or a live audition in New York City. To schedule a live audition please contact Dr. Amy E. Gustafson at gustafson@sbipf.org.

(Live auditions take the place of audition CD or DVD).

Click here to view the repertoire requirements

Application/Recording Due Date

April 1, 2015. For more information, please contact us at: gustafson@sbipf.org

Stony Brook International Piano Festival Competition

in Honor of Jorge Bolet

Competition will be every two years. There will be no competition in 2015.

2014 Stony Brook International Piano Competition

On June 27 and 28, 2014, the second biennial international young artist's competition was hosted by The Stony Brook International Piano Festival, for pianists ages 5 - 18.

2014 Competition winners

Senior Division

1st Prize (tie): Stephen Lee , age 17 and Alexander Ju , age 16
2nd Prize: not awarded
3rd Prize: not awarded

Junior Division

1st Prize:
Anqi Xu, Age 14
2nd Prize: Raymond Feng, age 12
3rd Prize: Lucas Amory, age 12

Elementary Division

1st Prize : not awarded
2nd Prize (tie): Julia Kim, age 10 and Hepsiba Lee, age 9
3rd Prize: not awarded

2012 Competition

In honor of our fifth year, The Stony Brook International Piano Festival hosted its first biennial young artist's international piano competition in Carson Auditorium of The Stony Brook School. Three renowned jury members, Daniel Shapiro, Alexandria Le, and Saar Ahuvia, were delighted to hear the excellent pianists from around the world.

2012 Competition Winners

Senior Division

1st prize (tie): Miles Walter, Age 17;amp; Elbert Gong, Age 15
2nd prize: Not awarded
3rd prize: Stephen Lee, Age 16

Junior Division

1st prize: Victoria Young, Age 12
2nd prize: Not awarded
3rd prize: Ryan Soeyadi, Age 13

About the Festival

The Stony Brook International Piano Festival in honor of Jorge Bolet is a unique program designed for middle and high-school students who are serious about piano study, and who are considering majoring in piano performance at the college level. Designed to foster the highest excellence in piano playing, this intensive program will be set on the beautiful campus of one of the most prestigious college preparatory school in the northeast, The Stony Brook School, the same school from which legendary pianist Jorge Bolet received a post graduate diploma in 1934. Bolet retained a close relationship with The Stony Brook School throughout his life, returning frequently to the school's Carson Auditorium to play solo recitals. Only fifty miles from New York City, the peaceful campus is an ideal setting for focused learning, while retaining all the benefits of the rich musical culture of city, only a train ride away. During this two-week program, students will benefit from private instruction from Artist Faculty Members, the opportunity to play in a public master class by a Guest Artist, and several performance opportunities, including a recital at Carson Auditorium, an outreach concert at the Sunrise Assisted Living Facility in Setauket, and a final concert performance at New York City's Yamaha Piano Salon. Each week, every student will receive two or three one-hour private lessons and will be supervised during daily practice. Other musical opportunities will be offered, such as concerts by guest performers, lectures on topics related to piano playing, and miniature courses on subjects such as music theory, piano literature, and practice methods. Recreational activities, including a trip to a concert in New York City, an outing to the Port Jefferson Harbor, and a trip to Stony Brook's historic Village will also be part of these exciting two weeks.


Recording Requirements for Group A and Group B:

Two pieces in contrasting style. Total length of recording should be between 10 and 25 minutes. Pieces can, but do not have to be, the same pieces for the festival. Pieces must be performed by memory.

Repertoire Suggestions for Participants to Bring to the Festival

At least two pieces and the etude must be at performance level for the festival. In addition, participants are welcome to bring additional pieces that are works in progress. Any questions about repertoire should be directed to Dr. Gustafson at gustafson@sbipf.org All selections must be memorized.

Group A:

(Ages 11 to 14)*

1. An etude by one of the following composers:

• Clementi
• Czerny
• Moskowski
• Chopin
• Liszt
• Rachmaninov
• Scriabin
• Debussy
• Ligeti

2. A work by J.S. Bach chosen from the following:

• 2 or 3 part inventions
• Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier
• Partita, French Suite, English Suite, (complete or 3 selected dances)
• Italian Concerto
• Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue

3. One additional work from Categories a, b or c:

Category a. A classical sonata from Haydn or Mozart (complete or first movement only)
Category b. One piece of choice from the Romantic period
Category c. One piece from 20th/21st century periods. *Applicants from age group A are welcome to follow the requirements of age group B (see below).

Group B:

(Ages 15 to 17)*

1. An etude by one of the following composers:

• Chopin
• Liszt
• Rachmaninov
• Scriabin
• Debussy
• Ligeti

2. A work by J.S. Bach chosen from the following:

• Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier
• Partitas, French Suites, English Suites
• French Overture
• Toccatas
• Goldberg Variations
• Art of the Fugue

3. Two additional pieces from a, b, or c.

Category a.

A complete classical sonata from Beethoven, Clementi, Mozart, Haydn or Schubert

Category b (see list below):


• Variations on a Theme by Handel
• Variations on a Theme by Paganini
• Sonatas
• Op. 76, Op. 116, Op. 117, Op. 118 or Op.119 (complete)


• Ballades
• Scherzi
• Sonatas (excluding No. 1)
• Andante-Spianato and Grand Polonaise
• Polonaise in f-sharp minor, Op. 44
• Fantasie, Op. 49
• Barcarolle, Op. 60
• Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61
• Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53


• Sonata in b minor
• Dante Sonata
• Mephisto Waltz No. 1
• Jeux d'eau ala Villa d'Este
• Funerailles
• Vallee D'Obermann
• Hungarian Rhapsodies, No. 2, No. 6 or No. 12


• Wanderer Fantasy


• Variations Sérieuses


• Abegg Variations, Op. 1
• Davidsbündlertanze, Op. 6
• Toccata, Op. 7
• Carnaval, Op. 9
• Sonata No. 1, Op. 11
• Fantasiestück, Op. 12
• Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
• Kreisleriana, Op. 16
• Fantasy in C Minor, Op. 17
• Humoreske, Op. 20
• Sonata No. 2, Op. 22
• Faschenschwank, Op. 26

Category c.

One large form piece from the 20th or 21st Century

A Typical Day at the Festival

7:30 - Exercise
9:00 - Breakfast
9:30 - Practice session 1 in Carson Auditorium
12:00 - Lunch
1:00 - Classes or Outings
3:00 - Practice session 2 in Carson Auditorium
6:00 - Dinner
7:30 - Concert, Lecture, or Recreational Activities

Lessons are scheduled at various times throughout the day, often during one of the practice sessions. Daily schedule will vary depending on the schedule of master classes and concerts, trips, performances, and a wide variety of recreational activities. The final schedule will be confirmed by May 2013 and will be distributed to selected participants after their notification of acceptance.

Past Performances

Friday, July 10, 2015
Final Showcase Concert
No reservations necessary. Tickets $10 at the door. (Free for festival families and Stony Brook School faculty and staff.)
Festival participants perform their favorite pieces.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Master Class with Alexander Kobrin
Free admission. Open to the public.
Festival participants play in a public master class for the master pianist Alexander Kobrin. Repertoire and performers to be decided.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Alexander Kobrin, pianist
No reservations necessary. Tickets $20 at the door. (Free for Stony Brook School faculty and staff)
Sonata in C major, Hob XVI/50 J. Haydn (1732 – 1809)
Sonata in a minor, D. 537 F. Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Barcarolle, Op. 60 F. Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Sonata No. 2, Op. 19 A. Scriabin (1872 – 1915)
Sonata No. 5, Op. 53 A. Scriabin
Vers la Flamme, Op. 72 A. Scriabin

Friday, July 3, 2015
Master class with Jose Ramon Mendez
Free admission and open to the public.
Festival participants play in a public master class for Jose Ramon Mendez, renowned Spanish pianist and faculty at Penn State University. Repertoire to be decided.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Master Class with Peter Takacs
Free admission and open to the public.
Festival participants play in a public master class for Peter Takacs, Beethoven specialist and professor at Oberlin Conservatory. Repertoire to be decided.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Juan Carlos Fernandez Nieto, pianist
No reservations necessary. Tickets $10 at the door (free for Stony Brook School faculty and staff)
Carnaval, Op. 9 by R. Schumann
Estampes by C. Debussy
Iberia, Libro II by I. Albeniz
Islamey by M. Balakirev

Friday, July 11, 2014
Final Showcase Concert
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Weiyin Chen, Recital
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Festival Showcase Concert
Monday, July 7, 2014
Jay Sun, Master Class
Free and open to the public.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Jose Ramon Mendez, Pianist
Takekuni, Clementi, Albeniz, Chopin, and Brahms
Friday, July 4, 2014
Master class by Jose Ramon Mendez
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Stephanie and Saar DUO
Friday, July 12, 2013
Final Showcase Concert
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Miyoko Lotto masterclass
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Yamaha Artist Services Piano Salon Student Showcase Concert
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Phillip Kawin Masterclass
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Alexander Kobrin Masterclass
Friday, July 5, 2013
Alexander Kobrin Recital
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Jose Ramon Mendez Masterclass
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Alexey Chernov Recital
Monday, July 1, 2013
Amy Gustafson Recital
Friday, July 15, 2011
Final Showcase Concert
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Alexander Kobrin Recital
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Master Class with Alexander Kobrin
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Master Class with Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz Recital
Friday, July 8, 2011
Alexander Moutouzkine Recital
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Alessio Bax & Lucille Chung - Duo Recital
Friday, July 16, 2010
Final Concert by Festival Participants
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Final Showcase Concert by Festival Participants
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Andre Laplante Recital
Friday, July 9, 2010
Spencer Myer Recital
Monday, July 5, 2010
Jose Ramon Mendez Recital
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Lucille Chung Recital
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Stephanie Ho & Saar Ahuvia - Duo Recital
Monday, July 6, 2009
Alessio Bax Recital



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When will I be notified of my acceptance status?Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status two to three weeks after their materials are received.
When are parents allowed on campus?Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the orientation on the first day. In addition, parents are welcome at any of the concerts presented by the festival. However, parents are not allowed on campus during the regular daily schedule.
Where will participants stay?Festival participants will stay in the two new dorms on the campus of the Stony Brook School. Girls and boys will be separated and will be supervised by a festival counselor. While Stony Brook is generally an extremely safe area, entrance to the dorms is coded, and each dorm is armed with a security system. In addition, a campus security guard will be on duty from evening to morning each day.
What does the term miniature course mean?These courses will meet for one hour each session and each class will cover a distinct topic relevant to the serious piano student.
What does supervised practice mean?A teaching assistant will be making the rounds checking to make sure each student is practicing well and following the instructions given to them in their lesson.
Do the dorms have washing machines?Yes. The washing machines are located in each lavoratary and are free for festival participants.
Is there internet access on campus?There is a wireless connection and each dorm is equipped with three computers with internet access. These computers are on the content filters of the school, so certain pages will not be available.
Will there be a nurse on campus?Yes, there will be a nurse on call every day during the festival.
Can I bring my cell phone to the festival?Yes, but participants are not permitted to use cell phones throughout the day. Cell phones will be collected at breakfast and returned after the evening event. Exceptions will be made in the case of an urgent matter or emergency.

Jorge Bolet

Jorge Bolet was born in 1914 in Havana, Cuba. In 1927, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with David Saperton (Leopold Godowsky's son-in-law) as well as with Godowsky himself, Josef Hofman and Moriz Rosenthal. In 1934, he wished to broaden his education and did so by studying for one year at The Stony Brook School. In 1937, Bolet won the Naumburg International Piano Competition. Later that year, he presented his New York debut, a concert that Rachmaninoff, Horowitz and Godowsky all attended. Success did not immediately follow him, however, and in the 1940s and 50s he supplemented his few performances by teaching as Rudolph Serkin's assistant at Curtis Institute. During the 1970s he began to achieve greater recognition, and it was his epic Carnegie Hall recital in 1974 that truly turned the tides of his career. In 1976, he signed an exclusive recording contract with Decca, with whom he recorded all the cornerstones of his repertoire, principally music by Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt. He passed away in 1990 in Mountain View, California at the age of 76. Although Bolet did not receive the recognition he deserved until late in his life, he is now widely regarded as one of the finest pianists of the 20th century.

The Stony Brook School

A school distinguished for academia, set apart by its mission, The Stony Brook School is widely known for a passion for character education. Founded in 1922 with the motto "Character Before Career," The Stony Brook School educates students in matters of the mind, body and heart. Students are challenged to become leaders with integrity and virtue; character development is considered to be an essential component of the educational process. While students are presented with the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they are free to maintain their own personal spiritual beliefs. With its beautiful historic buildings, newly renovated practice spaces, and a strong emphasis on the arts, The Stony Brook School provides ample resources for those who wish to continue serious music studies within a rigorous academic environment.


Introduction to SBIPFStony Brook International Piano Festival 2009.
Filmed & edited by S. Conor Lee.