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6th Annual Philadelphia Young Pianists' Festival Concert Dates and Times Announced


6th Annual Philadelphia Young Pianists' Festival Concert Dates and Times Announced Ching-Yun Hu, Founder and Director of the Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy (PYPA), announced the dates of their sixth annual artist and student concerts that are open to the public. Throughout the eight-day event, highly respected pianists such as Ching-Yun Hu, Simone Dinnerstein, Charles Abramovic, and Jerome Lowenthal will be performing. The festival will be held at the Academy of Vocal Arts, which is located at 1920 Spruce Street, Philadelphia from August 4 to August 12. There will be 20 outstanding PYPA youth pianists varying in age from 12 to 26 that will be participating and receiving the amazing opportunity to learn from numerous, world-renowned pianists and speakers. General admission for each concert is $25. For more information, please visit

Sunday. August 5, 4 p.m.

Ching-Yun Hu Piano Recital

Founder and Director of PYPA, Ching-Yun Hu will open festival with first concert of the

eight-day series. Included in the program will be selections from her newest solo album, "Ching-Yun Hu: Rachmaninoff". Upon the 145th anniversary of Rachmaninoff's birth, her CD features poignant works for piano that is a journey to Rachmaninoff's enduring music from love, to music and to humanity. The CD is available here:

Monday, August 6, 7:30 p.m.

Jerome Lowenthal Piano Recital

Lowenthal, who is a well-known pianist and Philadelphia native, will be featured on the second day of the series. While showcasing differing themes like "Rustles of Spring" and "Across the Centuries", Lowenthal will perform pieces from world-renowned composers such as Mozart and Chopin.

Wednesday, August 8, 7:30 p.m.

Simone Dinnerstein Piano Recital

Dinnerstein is an American pianist who has taken her skill to international venues such as Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Sydney Opera House, and many more. Her program during this series on the fourth day will include Bach Goldberg Variations.

Thursday, August 9, 7:30 p.m.

Chamber Music Concert: Ching-Yun Hu and Friends

Returning to perform with friends, Ching-Yun Hu will play chamber music pieces from composers such as Franck, Mozart, and Brahms.

Saturday, August 11, 7:30 p.m.

Charles Abramovic Piano Recital

Abramovic is one of Philadelphia's most loved and known pianists. Performing on the seventh day of the series, his program will include arrangements such as Alexandar Scriabin's Five Preludes. Opus 16 and Ludwig van Beethoven's Six Variations on an Original Theme. Opus 34.

Sunday, August 12, 4:00 p.m.

Winners from the 2018 Philadelphia International Piano Competition and Reception at 4:00 p.m. * Program details and names of performers will be announced the day before the concert.

About Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy (PYPA):

Founded in 2013, the Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy (PYPA) is recognized as an important learning opportunity for some of the world's best young concert pianists. Founded by Philadelphia-based concert pianist and recording artist, Ching-Yun Hu, PYPA was launched to help young artists from Asia and the West achieve their dreams of professional careers as world class concert pianists. With numerous master classes and evening concerts at the famed Academy of Vocal Arts, PYPA enriches the Philadelphia summer classical music scene. PYPA Faculty members joining Ching-Yun Hu this year are Gary Graffman, Simone Dinnerstein, Charles Abramovic and Jerome Lowenthal.

In addition, the students have the opportunity to participate in the Philadelphia International Piano Competition; attendance at a new Speaker Series with key people in the classical music industry who will focus on career planning, programming choices, using technology for publicity and more and the chance to make friends with other young artists from around the world.

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