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Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy
July 27 – August 3, 2013

Ching-Yun Hu, Artistic Director
Location: Curtis Institute of Music


Saturday, July 27 at 8pm
Sergei Babayan Solo Recital

Liszt: Ballade No.2 in b minor Vladimir Ryabov (b.1950): Fantasia in C minor, Op. 21, in memory of Maria Yudina
(Introduzione, Sonata I, Marcia Funebre, Sonata II, Capriccio) Rachmaninov: Andante from the Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 (transcribed by A. Volodos)
Melodia, Op. 21, No. 9 (song transcribed by A. Volodos) ~Intermission~
Bach: from the WTK and Klavierbüchlein for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Applicatio in C major, BWV 994
Prelude in C Major, BWV 939
Prelude in C minor, BWV 999
Menuet-Trio in G minor, BWV 929
Prelude in E Major, BWV 937
Sinfonia in E-flat Major, BWV 791
Prelude in D minor, BWV 926
Prelude in C-sharp major BVW 848
Prelude in C major, BWV 846
Prelude in C minor, BVW 847
Prelude in C minor, BVW 871
Prelude in C sharp minor BVW 849
Prelude in C sharp minor BVW 873
Prelude in C-sharp Major, BWV 872
Prelude in F Major, BWV 901
Prelude in C Major, BWV 933
Fugue in C Major, BWV 953
Fugue in C Major, BWV 952


Sunday, July 28 at 4 pm
Ching-Yun Hu Solo Recital

Granados: El Amor y la Muerte, from Goyescas
Granados: Oriental, from Danza Espanolas
Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit
Chopin: Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op. 55, No. 2
Chopin: Rondo in E-Flat Major, Op. 16
Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat minor, Op. 36 (1931)


Monday, July 29 at 8pm
Meng-Chieh Liu Solo Recital

Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op. 76
Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op 119
Schubert Sonata: in B-Flat Major, D 960







Wednesday, July 31 at 8pm
Young Artists Concert (FREE)

Seating pass are required, please reserve seats in advance.
Ms. Yi-Fang Wu


Thursday, August 1 at 6:30pm
Young Artists Concert (FREE)

Seating pass are required, please reserve seats in advance.
Ms. Yi-Fang Wu



Friday, August 2 at 8pm
Charles Abramovic
and Young Artists

Selections from the Codex Faenza (15th century keyboard music)
Greenbaum: Ballate
Mozart: March in C Major
Krzywicki: Vogelfanger
Bortok: Allegro barbaro
Gill: Anapestes
Debussy: La Danse de Puck
Arrauco: Hommage à Pierrot
Debussy: General Lavine”- Eccentric
Cacioppo: Drehleirer Blues
Schubert: Impromptu in C Minor, Op. 90, No.1
Jacob: Regard a Schubert
Schubert: Allegro in A Minor, D. 947 (Lebensstrürme) (Piano four hands)
Schnittke: Hommage a Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich for piano, six hands
Rossini (arr. Czerny): Overture to La Gazza Ladra for piano six hands



Saturday, August 3 at 8pm
Chamber Music Concert features Ching-Yun Hu with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra
(Paul Arnold, violin; Judy Geist, viola; Chia-Ling Chien, cello)

Dvorak: Piano Trio in f minor, Op. 65
Higdon: Sonata for Viola and Piano
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47



All online tickets are will call. No tickets will be mailed. Your PayPal receipt is your proof of purchase. You must have your printed receipt voucher to claim your tickets. We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance as the concert hall seating is limited.

At the door - If space is available you may purchase concert tickets at the door the day of the concert. Tickets purchased at the door must be paid for with cash. No credit cards are accepted at the door.



Individual concert: $25; $15 (senior citizens); $10 (students)
Concert Pass: $110; $60 (senior citizens); $40 (students)
Festival Pass: $150; $85 (senior citizens); $60 (students)
One Day Masterclass Pass: $8


Wednesday, July 31 at 8pm and Thursday, August 1 at 6:30pm Young Artists Concerts,
please reserve seats in advance. Seating pass are required. Reserve your tickets at


$2.50 transaction fee added to each order
Festival Pass
General Admission $150.00
Senior $85.00
Student (Must show valid student ID at the door) $60.00
Concert Pass
General Admission $110.00
Senior $60.00
Student (Must show valid student ID at the door) $40.00
One Day Masterclass Pass
General Admission $8.00
Sergei Babayan Solo Recital Saturday, July 27 at 8pm
General Admission $25.00
Senior $15.00
Student (Must show valid student ID at the door) $10.00
Ching-Yun Hu Solo Recital Sunday, July 28 at 4 pm
General Admission $25.00
Senior $15.00
Student (Must show valid student ID at the door) $10.00
Meng-Chieh Liu Solo Recital Monday, July 29 at 8pm
General Admission $25.00
Senior $15.00
Student (Must show valid student ID at the door) $10.00
Charles Abramovic and Young Artists Friday, August 2 at 8pm
General Admission $25.00
Senior $15.00
Student (Must show valid student ID at the door) $10.00
Chamber Music Concert Saturday, August 3 at 8pm
General Admission $25.00
Senior $15.00
Student (Must show valid student ID at the door) $10.00


Donations towards PYPA are highly appreciated. Potential donors should make the check out PYPA’s fiscal sponsor: Moxart, Inc. (124 Cornell Rd. Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004). Please put a memo stating that the donation is toward PYPA. Moxart is a non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible in accordance with the law.



Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy Office Contact Administration: Ms. Yi-Fang Wu
Phone: +12675449471



Ching-Yun Hu
Concert pianist. Founder/Artistic Director of Yun-Hsiang Foundation and Festival. Honorary award recipient from the Cultural Committee of Taiwan. Winner of Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York and Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. Performes with major orchestras at major venues on five continents. Worked intensively with Sergei Babayan. read more

古育仲 Yu-Chung Ku

“…that elusive superstar quality that everybody looks for…Musical, energetic and full of flair…”
The Jerusalem Post


“…a first class talent…her poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing in performances of works…[by Chopin]…that hold up with the best.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer


“Full of drama and poetry at the same time. This young woman brings with her the secret, the mystery , and the style. She has the suspense of Brendel, Perahia’s lyricism and Barenboim’s depth. Are we witnessing the birth of a new Martha Argerich?”
─Chanoch Ron, Yediot Acharonot, Israel


Winner of the CAG International Competition (New York, 2009)
Winner & Audience Favorite Prize of the Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition (2008)


Hailed for her “...superstar quality that everybody looks for...Musical, energetic and full of flair,” (The Jerusalem Post), Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu is the winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. In 2008, she captured the top prize and the Audience Favorite Prize at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. Ms. Hu’s final round performances of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Israel Philharmonic were broadcast live to 38 countries. Deeply impressed by her artistry, the leading Is-raeli newspaper, Yediot Acharonot, proclaimed: “She has the suspense of Brendel, Perahia’s lyricism and Barenboim’s depth.”

This victory resulted in a seven-city recital tour across Israel and a special invitation from the Israel Philharmonic to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, stepping in for Hélène Grimaud on only a week’s notice. Since then, Ching-Yun Hu’s career has flourished with a host of international engagements on five continents.

Featured concerto performances in 2011-12 include the world premiere of a new work with the Taipei Chinese Orchestra and appearances with the National Taiwan Sym-phony Orchestra in her native country, and in the US with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Dupage Symphony in Illinois. She will be heard in recital throughout Europe and the US, including concerts in the UK, Germany, and East Tennessee State University’s Powel Piano Series, Four Seasons Arts Series in Oakland, CA, WQXR New York Beethoven Sonata Marathon, and Chicago’s PianoForte Series, featuring a live simulcast on WFMT.

In the recording studio, Ching-Yun Hu’s debut CD was released in early 2011 on the Taiwanese label ArchiMusic, featuring solo piano music of Chopin. During 11-12, she records two solo CDs, the first for CAG Records, featuring music of Beethoven, Ravel, Liszt and Tchaikovsky, and also a disc of Scriabin for her debut on Naxos.

Current concerto engagements include the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, Evergreen Symphony (Taiwan) and a tour with the Na-tional Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, as well as with Portgual’s Orquestra do Algarve, Johannesberg Philharmonic, Israel Symphony Orchestra and the Maidstone Symphony Orchestra (UK). She made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut in a sold out concert and has also been a featured soloist with the Aspen Concert Orchestra, New York Sinfo-nietta, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, World Festival Orchestra and Viana do Cas-telo Festival Orchestra.

Recent recital highlights include London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, New York ‘s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (CAG Winners Series) and Alice Tully Hall, Opera House in Tel Aviv, Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, National Concert Hall of Taipei, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Aspen Music Festival, , Munich's Herkulesaal (broadcast on Bayerischer Rundfunk), the Great Hall at Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Vredenburg Festival in Holland, Boston’s Longy School of Music (broadcast live on WGBH), Chopin Interna-tional Festival in Poland, Rubinstein Philharmonic Hall in Lodz and Japan’s Osaka Hall. She has also performed on series and festivals in the US, UK, Israel, France, Spain, Brazil, South Africa and at the Maputo International Music Festival in Mozam-bique, Africa.

Besides a full time performing career, Ms. Hu has given masterclasses in universities throughout Taiwan, and in the UK and US. She served on the faculty of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra International Piano Festival, and is the artistic director and founder of “The Ching-Yun Hu Project – Taipei International Music Festival”, bring-ing international renown musicians and professors to perform concerts, and give mas-terclasses and lectures in throughout concert halls in Taipei.

Ching-Yun Hu was born in Taipei, Taiwan and received an honorary prize in 2008 from the Cultural Minister of Taiwan recognizing her achievements. She made her cCVon-certo debut at age 13 with the Poland Capella Cracoriensis Chamber Orchestra on tour in Asia and won the Silver Medal at the Taipei International Piano Competition at age 16. More recently, she also won the Gold medal at the 2007 World Piano Competition and First prize at the 2006 the Olga Koussevitzky International Piano Competition.

Ms. Hu moved to the US at the age of 14 to continue her music studies at The Juilliard School in New York, studying piano with Herbert Stessin and Oxana Yablonskaya and chamber music with Joseph Kalichstein and Seymour Lipkin, where she earned the Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Piano Performance. Additionally, she received artis-tic guidance from Richard Goode, Murray Perahia and has worked extensively on her Artist Diploma Degree with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She also lived in Europe, working with Karl-Heinz Kammerling at the Hochschule fur Musik und Drama in Hannover, Germany in the Soloklasse (highest degree in Germany). Ms. Hu is a Yamaha Artist. www.chingyunhu.com

Charles Abramovic
Concert Pianist, Chair of Piano Department, Temple University. read more

Theodora Pavlovitch

Pianist Charles Abramovic has won critical acclaim for his international performances as soloist, chamber musician and collaborator with leading instrumentalists and singers. As a solo recitalist, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has played at major festivals in Salzburg, Berlin, Bermuda, Dubrovnik, Vancouver, Aspen, and Newport. Dr. Abramovic made his solo orchestral debut at the age of fourteen with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Since then he has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony, the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, the Florida Philharmonic, the Colorado Philharmonic, and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia.

Highly regarded as a collaborator, he appears regularly with such stellar artists as violinists Midori, Sarah Chang, Robert McDuffie, Viktoria Mullova, violist Kim Kashkashian and flutist Jeffrey Khaner. With these and other artists he has performed in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, as well as for radio and television broadcasts in Asia, Europe, and Canada.

Dr. Abramovic has recorded for EMI Classics with Sarah Chang, and for Avie Recordings with Jeffrey Khaner. His recording of the solo piano works of Delius on the DTR label has won high praise in both the United States and Europe. He is highly dedicated to performing and recording contemporary music, and has recorded works by Milton Babbitt, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwanter and others for CRI, Bridge, and Koch International Classics.

Dr. Abramovic is actively involved in the musical life of Philadelphia, performing regularly with groups such as Network for New Music and Orchestra 2001. In 1997 he won the Career Development Award from the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, and recently received Temple University’s Faculty Award for Creative Achievement. His teachers have included Natalie Phillips, Leon Fleisher, Eleanor Sokoloff, and Harvey Wedeen.

Meng-Chieh Liu
Concert Pianist, Professor at Curtis Institute of Music, and Roosevelt University in Chicago. read more

Theodora Pavlovitch

A recipient of the 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Meng-Chieh Liu first made headlines in 1993 as a twenty-one-year-old student at the Curtis Institute of Music, when he substituted for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with three hours' notice. The concert earned high acclaim from critics and audience alike and was followed by a number of widely praised performances, including a recital at the Kennedy Center and a concert on the Philadelphia All-Star Series.

A dedicated chamber musician, as well as a solo artist, he has collaborated with musicians in North America, Europe, and Asia, in addition to working with artists in other disciplines, including Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project.

Mr. Liu received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Jorge Bolet, Eleanor Sokoloff, and Claude Frank.

He received the 2002 Philadelphia Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award and first prizes in the Stravinsky, Asia Pacific Piano, and Mieczyslaw Munz competitions.

Mr. Liu has been on the faculty of Roosevelt University since 2006 and joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1993.

Sergei Babayan
Concert pianist. First prize winner of Cleveland, Hamamatsu and Scottish International Competitions, laureate of Busoni and Queen Elizabeth piano competitions. Combining a busy performing schedule with mentoring an elite studio of young pianists, Maestro Babayan has produced winners of major piano competitions - among them, the 2011 Gold medalist of the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein International Piano Competitions. Founder of the Sergei Babayan Piano Academy. Collaborates closely with Maestro Valery Gergiev. read more

謝爾蓋˙巴拜楊Sergei Babayan

“Mr. Babayan belongs to an elite breed of new pianists. This is elegant playing, intelligent yet colorful, rational yet never wanting for passion and tenderness, irreproachable on every level.”
American Record Guide


“One would be hard put to name a Bach interpreter of his standing today. The only comparison that springs to mind is the famous recording of Dinu Lipatti… His performance has tonal spectrum many orchestras would envy. Babayan is no mere pianist. He is a master-musician for whom the piano is his voice, his orchestra.”
The Scotsman


“… extraordinary technique and ability to play densely harmonized works with illuminating transparency and a daunting measure of control…”
The New York Times


Acclaimed for the immediacy, sensitivity and depth of his interpretations, for the rare emotional intensity and bold energy of his performances and the exstraordinary mastery in exploring stylistically diverse repertoire, Sergei Babayan is one of the most interesting new names of the great Russian piano school.

Student of such legendary teachers and musicians as Gornostayeva, Naumov, Pletnev and Vlasenko in the Moscow Conservatory, he was, however, not permitted to leave the country and be free to compete and study in the West. He was the first pianist from the former USSR who was able to compete without government sponsorship after the collapse of the system. Immediately after his first trip outside of the USSR, he won consecutive first prizes in several major international competitions including the Cleveland International Piano Competition (still named Robert Casadesus Competition) and the Palm Beach Piano Competition in 1990, the Hamamatsu Piano Competition in 1991, the Scottish International Piano Competition in 1992, and was laureate in the Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition, the Busoni International Piano Competition, and the Esther Honens International Competition Calgary. Since that time, he has had major engagements and concert tours throughout Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, South America and the USA.

He appeared with recitals in important venues, among them Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg, Tchaikovsky Conservatory Bolshoi Zal in Moscow, Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, and countless others. His New York recitals at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and at the 92nd Y, as his performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and his many subsequent recital and concerto performances throughout all North America, met with huge critical acclaim. His concert schedule has included performances and broadcasts throughout major European venues and extensive tours of Japan, and he has appeared in numerous major music festivals in France, Germany, UK, Poland, Spain, and US.

Mr. Babayan has appeared with many major orchestras throughout the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Orchestre Nationale de Lille, Warsaw Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, New World Symphony. He has collaborated with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Neeme Jarvi, Hans Graf, Kazimierz Kord, David Robertson, Michael Christi. In recent seasons he performed recitals in New York City, London, Hannover, Manchester, Bruxelles, Glasgow, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Grenoble, Tours, Warsaw, Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Seattle, Atlanta, Miami, and New Orleans.

In May of 2006 Sergei Babayan was invited by Valery Gergiev to perform Lutoslawsky piano concerto in the XIV International Festival “Stars of the White Nights” in St. Petersburg with the orchestra of Mariinsky Theatre: the performance was highly praised in major Russian publications and met with great enthusiasm by the audience. Many other invitations came from Gergiev, to perform Prokofiev ‘s 3rd piano concerto in his Easter Festival, in London Barbican in 2010 with the LSO, again in St Petersburg Mariinsky in 2011 playing Mozart and Rachmaninov 3rd concerto.

His repertoire is constantly growing - at this point he has 51 different concertos which have been performed.

He is highly acclaimed in the mainstream repertoire, excelling in Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann as much as the Russian heritage of Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Prokofiev. But he is known also for his innovative programming, often including modern works by composers such as Lutoslawsky, Ligeti and Arvo Part, Schnittke, Vasks and Shchedrin… His imaginative recital programming has always elicited interest and praise. Mr. Babayan is an enthusiastic advocate of new music and has an immense repertoire; his philosophy that a recital should reveal a spiritual dimension, results in playing which sustains an intensity which never fails to captivate. His love for J S Bach, dept by his studies with Helmuth Rilling, have always gained him both public and critical acclaim, and he firmly believes that the natural evolution of the keyboard instrument has led to today's modern piano which allows the music to be fully expressed in this modern incarnation.

Sergei Babayan’s concerts have been broadcast by WQXR, WCLV, Radio France, Polish Radio and Television, BBC-TV and NHK Satellite Television. He has made highly praised recordings for EMC, Connoisseur Society and Pro Piano labels.


Guest Artists

Paul Arnold, violinist
Violinist Paul Arnold, holder of the Lorraine and David Popowich Chair, has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra for 30 years and is a familiar personality in the Philadelphia classical music scene. read more

Fred Sjöberg

Violinist Paul Arnold, holder of the Lorraine and David Popowich Chair, has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra for 30 years and is a familiar personality in the Philadelphia classical music scene.  He has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician with such diverse personalities as Yefim Bronfman, Christoph Eschenbach, Tan Dun, Keith Jarrett, the New Arts Trio, and the Emerson Quartet.  Mr. Arnold has appeared numerous times in the Saratoga Chamber Series directed by Chantal Juillet, where he has worked beside Martha Argerich, Gil Shaham, Truls Mørk, and Sarah Chang.  Mr. Arnold has also been featured over 25 times in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Chamber Music series and Orchestra postlude concerts performing widely contrasting repertoire.


Mr. Arnold gives master classes around the country. He has most recently given classes and performed at Cornell University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Bucknell University.

Before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Arnold was principal second violin of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he made numerous solo appearances. He is a founding member of both the Society Hill Quintet and the widely touring Dalihapa Ensemble and appears regularly with the Network for New Music.


For the last 6 years he has served as music director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Orchestra chamber series showcasing his colleagues and their associates in musical programs pursuant current Museum exhibits.
 Recently, Mr Arnold was featured in a documentary focusing on his arrangement of a Beethoven piano Sonata for his string Quintet. This Film which included a conversation with Maestro Eschenbach on Beethoven and the nature of transcriptions was included as the intermission feature of an internationally broadcast Live Concert of the Philadelphia orchestra.


In the summer of 2010 he was named as an Overseer to the Board of Directors of the Curtis Institute of Music.


Paul Arnold is an avid photographer and has given shows in Saratoga New York, summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. His works hang in the homes collectors and friends...and, yes, his parents.


Mr. Arnold has been for the last 15 years an active lecturer on subjects musical and has given scores of pre-concert talks for The Philadelphia Orchestra.  His series “I have a friend in the Orchestra” has delighted concertgoers and has endeavored to break down barriers and enhance the audience’s full enjoyment of the musical experience.


Judy Geist, violist
Throughout her career, violist Judy Geist has been a leading artistic presence in a vast musical network. read more

Fred Sjöberg

Throughout her career, violist Judy Geist has been a leading artistic presence in a vast musical network. 


After graduating from The Curtis Institute of Music in 1974, Geist joined the Audubon Quartet, based in Binghamton, NY. From there, she was invited to tour with the National Ballet of Canada as Principal Violist where she played the grand pas de deux viola solos accompanying principal dancers Rudolph Nureyev and Karen Kain. Hailed by the NY Times for her rich tone, Geist was approached to play with other international dance troupes in NYC where she made her base. She was also Principal Violist in the Soviet Émigré Orchestra and the Philharmonia Virtuosi. She recorded and premiered works with Parnassus and the American Composer's Orchestra. She appeared frequently with Orpheus and in the New York Philharmonic. Geist played with Chick Corea in his 13-Piece Band on a world tour in 1978. She performed with the American Chamber Music Ensemble, The Music Project, and participated in festivals including Mostly Mozart, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Madeira Bach Festival in Portugal, and the Newport Jazz Festival.


In 1983, Judy Geist joined The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Riccardo Muti, becoming the first woman violist in the orchestra's history. In The Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series, she had collaborated with colleagues and guest artists Chantal Juillet, Trulls Mork, Emanual Ax, Pamela Frank, and Christoph Eschenbach. Geist was a member of Network for New Music and the Society Hill String Quintet. In 2001, Geist was a guest resident at Cornish College in Seattle where she premiered new works for viola including her commission by composer, Hannibal Lokumbe, When the Peace Comes.


As a musical and visual artist, Geist took up part-time residence on Whidbey Island in the Pacific NW from 2005 to 2011 and where her chamber music consortium, EnSemBle M took root. As Artistic Director, Geist presented several salon events in her art studio house and in public venues. EnSemBle M gave its east coast premiere performance at the William Way Community Center in Philadelphia in 2012. The following year, Geist joined acclaimed pianist, Ching-Yun Hu at the WWCC to perform music by composer, Jennifer Higdon.


Chia-Ling Chien, cellist
Associate Principal Cello, the San Diego Symphony under Music Director, Jahja Ling. She is now the only and the youngest Taiwanese principal cello player in the major orchestra in the states. read more

Theodora Pavlovitch

Miss Chia-Ling Chien currently holds the Associate Principal Cello position of the San Diego Symphony under Music Director, Jahja Ling; the position was offered to her at the age of twenty-four. Previous positions include Acting Associate Principal Cello of San Diego Symphony, Assistant Principal Cello of Aspen Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Principal Cello of Aspen America Conducting Orchestra, Section Cello of Canton Symphony (OH), Akron Symphony (OH). She is now the only and the youngest Taiwanese principal cello player in the major orchestra in the states.


As a young outstanding cellist, Miss Chien has established her reputation by winning numerous awards. Awards include four-year first prizes winner of Taipei Cello Competition; three-year prize winner of Taipei Piano Competition; second prize winner of National Taiwan Cello Competition; second prize winner of International Taipei Chopin Piano Competition; two-year Best Recital of the year at Idyllwild Arts Academy; Best Bach Performance Prize for String at The Corpus Christi International Competition; first prize of Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition; Ellis A. Feiman Memorial Award in Cello (the highest graduate achievement); Anna Sosenko Trust Foundation Award; Colburn Foundation instrument sponsor.


Miss Chien has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, recital artist and orchestra musician in different venues. She has giving recitals throughout the United Sates and Asia. She also has been collaborated with world-renown musicians in chamber and orchestra venues. Her festival appearances include Idyllwild Arts Academy Summer Program; Pacific Music Festival; Blossom Music Festival; Aspen Music Festival and School; Sarasota Music Festival; Perlman Music Program; La Jolla SummerFest.


As a new music enthusiast, Miss Chien has recorded Lei Liang's "Winged Creatures" in his album "Milou", which was released in April, 2011, under the label of New World Records.


Chia-Ling Chien was born in Taipei, Taiwan and began playing the piano at the age of six, and cello at the age of nine. Miss Chien made her first public cello performance a year later at the age of ten, and then followed by her first honor of winning first place of National Taipei Youth Cello Competition at the age of twelve. Miss Chien later came to the United States in 2000 as a full-scholarship student of Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. In 2003, Miss Chien was awarded merit scholarship to attend Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received her both Bachelor and Master of Music degree. Her principal teachers include Desmond Hoebig, Stephen Geber, and Michael Mermagen.

In-Drew Chen, pianist
In 2012, In-Drew was the first prize winner of the Piano Concerto Competition during the Yun-Hsiang Taipei International Music Festival. read more

Fred Sjöberg

In-Drew Chen was born in Taiwan and began piano lessons when she was four years old. In-Drew is currently a student of Mr. Chong-Kai Kuo at the Xiao-Ming Girls High School. In 2012, In-Drew was the first prize winner of the Piano Concerto Competition during the Yun-Hsiang Taipei International Music Festival. She has performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in the presence of the First Lady of Taiwan.


Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy
July 27 – August 3, 2013

Ching-Yun Hu, Artistic Director
Curtis Institute of Music


The Philadelphia Young Pianist’ Academy (PYPA) is presented by the Yun-Hsiang International Foundation, established by concert pianist Ching-Yun Hu to help young artists achieve their dreams of becoming professional pianists. PYPA offers exciting opportunities for young pianists from Asia and the West to meet. With a host of masterclasses, performance opportunities and evening concerts at the famed Curtis Institute of Music, PYPA also contributes to enriching the summer classical music scene of Philadelphia.


Artistic Director
Ching-Yun Hu: Concert Pianist, Artistic Director of Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival and Foundation


Guest Artists/Faculty
Charles Abramovic: Concert Pianist, Chair of Piano Department, Temple University
Meng-Chieh Liu: Concert Pianist, Professor at Curtis Institute of Music, and Roosevelt University in Chicago
Sergei Babayan: Concert Pianist, Professor at Cleveland Institute of Music


Location Curtis Institute of Music of Philadelphia


Participants’ Benefits Each academy participant will receive four masterclasses from world-class artists, hotel, practice rooms equipped with Steinway pianos at the Curtis Institute, as well as an arranged trip by PYPA to the famed Juilliard School of Music in New York City Participants will perform masterclasses and Young Artists Concerts at the Field Concert Hall of the Curtis Institute of Music. Outstanding participants may receive an invitation to compete in the semi-final rounds of the 2014 Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival Competition in Taipei, Taiwan, without a preliminary audition.


Guidelines 1. Applicants must be born after 07/28/1989
2. PYPA will accept 16 active participants. Applicants who are not accepted as active participants will automatically be accepted as observers.
3. PYPA will organize a tour to visit The Juilliard School in New York City for the participants and observers during the academy.
4. Active participants and observers are responsible for their own travel to Philadelphia.
5. Obtaining US visa is the responsibility of the participants and observers. PYPA can provide official invitations for participation upon request.
6. Active participants and observers are responsible for their own safety and health insurance during PYPA..
7. English will be the official language used during PYPA. Active participants who need translators can write to PYPA for arrangements, at the participants’ cost.
8. Participants under the age of 18 are required to be accompanied by a parent or a guardian during his/her stay at the academy.


Application Procedure
(The Registration Form needs to be filled out online, except for the audition recording)
1. Send application form and fee through online registration (including one photograph, a short bio, the proposed repertoire for the masterclasses, and a recent live recording CD or DVD of free repertoire choice. Please send your recording to PYPA’s office address: 1420 Locust St., #12J, Philadelphia, PA, 19102, USA.
2. Participants from the 2012 Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival do not need to send an audition recording with their application form


Fees 1. Application $55.00 USD
2. Active participants $2,250 USD (Including Academy Event Pass to attend all concerts, four masterclasses, hotel, practice room fee, and an one day tour to The Juilliard School and New York City)
3. Observers $1,425 USD (Including Academy Event Pass to attend all concerts, masterclasses, hotel, and an one day tour to The Juilliard School and New York City)


*Please email your account name, last five digits of your bank account after you pay.


Important Dates Registration deadline March 31, 2013 (Received deadline)
Participants announced April 7, 2013

The deadline for participation confirmation letter and tuition payment April 21, 2013 (EST)


Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy Office Contact Administration: Ms. Yi-Fang Wu
Phone: +12675449471
Philadelphia Young Pianist Academy
1420 Locust Street, #12J
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Make a Payment

Active Student $2,250.00 USD

Observer $1,425.00 USD

Pay by Wire
Address: National Penn Bank, P.O. Box 547, Boyertown, PA 19512
Routing #: 031308784 Acct #: 217443842 Acct holder: Moxart, Inc.


*Please email your account name, last five digits of your bank account after you pay.




PYPA Schedule, PDF

PYPA Poster [English], PDF

PYPA Poster [Chinese], PDF




Academy Event Calendar