The 2022 Art of the Piano festival

- which we'll preview together over the next few weeks - features a lot of new directions in music, an outgrowth of the StillPoint project which commissioned 7 composers to write for Awadagin Pratt in various combinations with string orchestra and Roomful of Teeth. As such, our 2021 offerings will be hosted on the StillPoint site.

2021 programming brought to you thanks to generous donors and by

Concerts and Events

Sunday May 23, 2021


6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Awadagin Pratt with the world premiere of Castillo Interior by Pēteris Vasks.

Friday May 28, 2021


6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Pianists + composers Young-Ah Tak, Tanya Gabrielian and Angela Jeong Hyun Kim share their music in conversation with Awadagin Pratt.

Saturday May 29, 2021


6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Mark Rabideau discusses the process of making an album; pianists/composers Alvin Singleton, and Jeremy Ajani Jordan share their music in conversation with Awadagin Pratt.

Friday June 4, 2021


6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Pianists and composers Lera Auerbach and Tyshawn Sorey share their music in conversation with Awadagin Pratt.

Saturday June 5, 2021


6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Pianists and composers Stephen Prutsman and Aaron Diehl share their music in conversation with Awadagin Pratt.

The Art of the Piano festival brings together the world’s most celebrated faculty instructors, a class of future master pianists, and audiences of music lovers for three weeks of performances, classes, and a shared passion for the piano. 

A Festival Inspired By The Masterclasses of Franz Liszt 

Composer Franz Liszt hosted masterclasses in which pianists would gather to watch and listen as Liszt taught one student at a time. It is in that spirit that Awadagin Pratt founded the Art of the Piano annual festival. It is his vision to recreate an environment where expert-level artists can work to build the profile and artistry of talented, budding players.


Your support of AoP helps gives aspiring young musicians around the world an opportunity to study, play and learn from the world’s greatest living piano masters at no cost to them, and also supports our Faculty Artist series.

A free virtual series of performances and discussions with today’s most notable concert artists, rising artists, and pedagogues. Hosted by AoP artistic director, Awadagin Pratt.

Think of it as an old fashioned radio show where Awadagin opines on possibly any and everything. So far he has discussed a bit about Beethoven, BIA, (Black in America), and now “Words on Fire”–a show about Words, Music, and Fire. Every episode is organized in a different format, and will come out so far–at least in Covid-times–… quarterly 🙂

Recent News

Art of the Piano 2021

Art of the Piano 2021

Welcome to Art of the Piano 2021! This year: New Directions   We’re excited to preview our live 2022 season virtually this year.  The 2022 festival will feature a lot of new directions in music, exploring a greater range of pianistic styles with people who are...

Call for AoP Alums

If you've participated in Art of the Piano, we'd like to hear from you! If you've participated as a Young Artist in the Art of the Piano festival, we'd like to hear from you!  Any great AoP memories you'd like to share?  What are the latest and greatest things you've...

Ties that Bind

Ties that Bind

Dear Friends of the Art of the Piano, I hope the season finds you well. The leaves fluttering; sometimes rising, and all eventually falling, seem to be a metaphor for the moment which at times finds us feeling helpless. However, as always, this too shall pass. On the...

Art of the Piano is a festival created to raise the level of artistry for young pianists.  It’s a platform for them to work with the world’s leading artists and teachers, to perfect recital and competition repertoire.  Art of the Piano is a fantastic place to be inspired, learn new ideas, go home a better musician.

~Awadagin Pratt


“You can’t see music as it passes through the air.  You can’t grasp it and hold on to it.  You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it.  But it has a most powerful effect on most people.  And that is a wondrous thing to contemplate.”

- Leon Fleisher

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