Ferrara Piano Festival, founded by Italian pianist, Simone Ferraresi. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in New York City dedicated to furthering the careers of talented young pianists by providing them with a range of opportunities through such programs as festivals and masterclasses, as well as awarding scholarships.

Board of Directors: Simone Ferraresi, Christopher Swann, Miyuki Kobayashi

Advisory Committee: Yashar Yaslowitz, Mauro Vignolo, Giovanna Bonora

Fees, Rules and Enrollment

Piano Masterclasses July 15-23, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the exceptionally high volume of applications we have reached the maximum number of active students, therefore registration for the masterclasses has now closed. There are still a few available places to observe the classes (see below for class observation fees).


Eligibility and Admission Rules




"Learn from world-class pianists and professors, surrounded by breathtaking beauty in the historical city of Ferrara, Italy — City of the Renaissance, 'City of Bicycles', and UNESCO World Heritage Site."

Piano Masterclasses Dates:

  • July 15-17: Christopher Elton

  • July 21-23: Andrei Gavrilov

Registration Fee:

€ 70 (Active Students only)

Tution fees (Active Students)*
Christopher Elton: € 400
Andrei Gavrilov: € 450

*Tuition Fee includes 3 hours lesson (one hour lesson each day) free admission to all activities, such as concerts and lectures, and accommodation in a host family. Please note that free accommodation is subject to limited availability, on a first-come first-serve basis and is not available for Italian residents.

General Admission to observe the Masterclasses:      RESERVE AND PAY HERE

Daily admission, Adults: € 20Students: € 15

3-day Pass, Adults: € 55 /  Students: € 30

6-day Pass, Adults: € 100 / Students: € 55

Payment of the Registration Fee is not required for Masterclass observation.


1) All Masterclasses are open to pianists and piano students of all nationalities. Ferrara Piano Festival will select the active students of the Classical Piano Masterclasses based on their biography, documentation and auditions.

2) A maximum of eight active participants will be admitted to each Masterclass.

3) Ferrara Piano Festival will accept or reject applications, based on the documentation received. In case of non-admission, the registration fee will be refunded. Students will be notified of their acceptance within two weeks from receipt of the application. 

4) Upon admission to the Masterclass, detailed information regarding accommodation and travel will be provided to the participants, as well as instructions for payment of the tuition fee.

5) Admitted candidates who are unable to take part in the Masterclass must notify Ferrara Piano Festival as soon as possible. The registration fee will not be refunded. For cancellations before June 26, 2015: half of the tuition fee will be refunded. For cancellations after June 26, 2015: the paid fee will not be refunded. For cancellations made after paying the registration fee and before paying the tuition fee, the registration fee will not be refunded.

6) Free accommodation in a host family is subject to limited availability, and it is on a first-come first-serve basis and is not available for Italian residents. It is provided for the active student only, and it will not be available for a person who is traveling to Ferrara with the active student.

7) Except for what stated in these rules at No. 6, admitted participants will be responsible for all travel, board and lodging expenses.

8) Students must follow the repertoire requirements stated below in this page.

9) The registration and tuition fees will be reimbursed in case a Masterclass has to be cancelled due to lack of participants.

10) Registering to the Masterclass implies acceptance of all terms and conditions set forth in these rules.

DEADLINE: All electronic and mailed applications for all Piano Masterclasses must be received by June 26, 2015

Successful applicants will be notified of their admission within two weeks of receiving the application material, at which point further information will be provided. Once admitted to the Masterclass, participants must send the Tuition Fee by June 26, 2015.

Complete applications must include the following:

  • Application Form
    All applications must be submitted electronically or by mail. Follow the links below to apply: 
  • Registration Fee of € 70 (per teacher)
    This fee may be paid online by credit card, PayPal, wire transfer or by check in US dollars (equivalent of 70 euros), payable to FERRARA PIANO FESTIVAL, INC. To pay online follow the link below. For payment by wire transfer please contact us to get the bank details. After making the wire transfer, enclose the receipt with your application materials. 

Click here to pay Registration Fee


  • Curriculum Vitae or Résumé (in the Application Form or on separate sheet)
  • Proof of Age
    A photocopy of either a birth certificate, passport, or other official document verifying your birth date must be included with the application materials. You can send a photocopy by mail or scan it and email it to info@ferrarapiano.org
  • OPTIONAL: Send an audition video or audio recording on CD or DVD by mail, or post it online on Youtube or other video-sharing website.
    The audition video/audio recording is recommended but not mandatory; it must include a minimum of ten minutes of solo piano music, representing at least two contrasting styles.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Application Materials should be Mailed to:
P.O. BOX 6468
NEW YORK, NY 10150


1) Two concerts will be awarded to students selected during the Ferrara International Piano Festival. One concert will be in the concert season of the Teatro Comunale "Claudio Abbado" in Ferrara, Italy and one concert will be in the concert season at the Carnegie Room of the Nyack Library in New York State, U.S.A.

2) The decision to award concerts, discretionary prizes or scholarships will be made by the Ferrara Piano Festival Jury.

3) The Jury will be composed of one Masterclass teacher, the Vice-Director of Teatro Comunale and the Artistic Director of Ferrara Piano Festival.

4) The Jury will have the right not to award said concerts, discretionary prizes or scholarships.

5) All decisions made by the Jury will be final and not subject to appeal.

6) Award results will be published by means of an announcement on Ferrara Piano Festival's website.

Please choose one or more works among the following:

  • A work written by Bach or a complete sonata (or set of variations) written by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi or Schubert.
  • A complete work or a movement of a work written by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, or Brahms
  • A complete work or a movement of a work written by a French or Russian composer in the 19th or 20th centuries.
The Hall of the Maps, Palazzo Costabili

The Hall of the Maps, Palazzo Costabili

FERRARA PIANO FESTIVAL, INC. · P.O. BOX 6468 · NEW YORK, NY 10150 · USA · info@ferrarapiano.org