Steinway International Piano Festival

2-Week Piano Festival Featuring Master Classes and Performances

Summer Intensive Program


July 20th – August 1st, 2020

The Summer Intensive Program is a two-week program of OC Music & Dance, a Steinway Select School. It is an exciting and unique artistic opportunity that is designed for international and local advanced piano students between the ages of 10 and 18, who are committed to pursuing a conservatory or university education in music. Students will have the opportunity to expand their repertoire, sharpen their technique, and develop performance skills by learning from some of the world’s most accomplished pianists. See below for a few of the highlights of this program.

OC Rising Stars Competition


August 2021

Orange County Rising Stars Piano Competition (OCSTARS) is presented by OC Music & Dance, a Steinway Select School. It features a combination of master classes and competition for accomplished students and young adult musicians. The goal is to advance and recognize the artistic achievement and passion of our young musicians and to help propel them along their musical journey.  More information and application details coming soon.

Master Classes & Workshops

The Summer Intensive Program features master classes and workshops from world-renowned musicians and instructors, including Natalya Antonova (Russian Academy of Music), Fabio Bidini (Colburn School), Yoheved Kaplinsky (Juilliard), Kevin Kenner (University of Florida), Yunlin Yang (Shanghai Conservatory of Music), and Xinning Zhang (Central Conservatory of Music Beijing).  It includes 16 hours of master classes plus 32 hours of specialized instruction.

Instructor Bios

Performance Opportunities

Students will have the chance to audition for performance opportunities with American orchestras and ensembles, including Pacific Symphony and Orchestra Santa Monica. Last year, our international students had memorable performances playing Mozarts’ Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 as well as No. 12 in A Major, K. 414, Chopins’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, and Mendelssohns’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Opus 25.  Other performance opportunities at local venues will also be made available to participants.

University Residential Experience

International participants in the Summer Intensive Program will have a two-week residence at Concordia University in Irvine, CA. Interacting with American students, faculty and the general public will help increase each participant’s English fluency and conversational language. Living on a university campus also affords the opportunity to gain better understanding of American culture and daily life.

Steinway Summer Concert Series

Summer Concert with Orchestra Santa Monica

Saturday July 25, 2020

Summer Harmonies

The Steinway International Piano Festival presents a very special concert with Orchestra Santa Monica, conducted by Maestro Roger Kalia, and featuring Young Soloists from the Steinway Summer Intensive. The concert will be held at the Colburn School in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 25, and will feature Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 488 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3.

Summer Concert with Pacific Symphony

Saturday August 1, 2020

Sweet August Afternoon

The Steinway International Piano Festival presents a very special concert with Pacific Symphony, conducted by Maestro Carl St. Clair, and featuring Young Soloists from the Steinway Summer Intensive. The concert will be held at Soka University in Aliso Viejo on Saturday, August 1, and will feature  Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor and Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1.

Audition & Tuition Details


General Application and Audition Requirements

Each applicant must submit one audition video, consisting of a solo or one movement of a sonata. In addition to the audition video, each applicant should provide a short biography, repertoire list, and letter of recommendation from his or her teacher. The application deadline is March 15, 2020.

Audition Requirements for Orchestra Performances

Students who want to audition for the opportunity to perform with Pacific Symphony should select one or more movements from Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor or Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1.  Students who want to audition for the opportunity to perform with Orchestra Santa Monica should select one or more movements from Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, K. 488 or Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3.  Students can submit audition videos for more than one work and for multiple movements in the work, but will only perform in one work, although eligible for more than one movement. The conductor may require a live audition from the finalists for one or more movements. Concerto audition videos must be submitted by May 15, 2020.


If you prefer an application in Chinese, please click the link below and download the application form. Completed application forms can be emailed to or mailed to: OC Music & Dance, 17620 Fitch Ave #106, Irvine CA 92614.

Download Application (chinese)


Summer Intensive Tuition for international students, including housing and meals, is $4500.

Summer Intensive Tuition for local students who do not require board or meals at breakfast or dinner is $3000.

Tuition does not include travel to and from local airports, local daily excursions,  the cost of a U.S. visa application, travel/medical insurance for international students. OC Music & Dance can issue a formal acceptance letter to facilitate visa application.  Tuition also does not include  incidentals (snacks, gifts, etc.), nor any expenses related to parents who wish to accompany their child.

Upon acceptance into the Summer Intensive, a deposit of $2,500 is required to reserve your child’s participation and is due by April 15, 2020.  The balance is due no later than May 15, 2020.  Participants who withdraw prior to May 15, 2020 will receive a partial refund of 50%.  No refunds will be issued after that date.  Once your student is accepted into the program, you will receive detailed instructions on how to submit payments.  If more than one student per family is accepted and enrolls, the tuition for each additional student will be reduced by $500.

Chaperones & Housing

All international students will be fully chaperoned during the entire program, including during time spent at their dormitory.  Housing for parents will be provided in separate suites at the Hyatt House Irvine, located very near the University campus.  Special room rates are available.

Acceptance Timing and Procedure

All applications must be received by March 15, 2020.  Late applications will be reviewed at the discretion of the Steinway Festival Program Director. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Completed applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and notifications of acceptance will be made within 30 days of submission.  Maximum enrollment in the program is 24 students.  A small waiting list will be created.

Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQs – Chinese

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