Information to apply to our 2020 Festival will be available this October

Past 2018-19 Season

MMF Piano Institute



June 10 – June 22, 2019

  • Weekly private lessons and masterclasses with acclaimed faculty

  • MMF Piano Concerto Competition in which winners perform in concert with the MMF Symphony Orchestra

  • Weekly recital opportunities

  • Classes and forums in technique, artistry, musicianship and career management

  • Assigned practice room and time available each day

  • Vocal collaborative training for pianists interested in gaining additional experience

  • Group outings

Piano Institute

Faculty member Anton Nel in a masterclass with Piano Institute participants.

Faculty member Anton Nel in a masterclass with Piano Institute participants.

The MMF Piano Institute is a rigorous and in-depth program for devoted and exceptionally talented young pianists, ranging from the pre-college to conservatory level. The goal of the program is to offer pianists a stimulating environment in which to study and explore various musical philosophies. With an open-class policy, students have the unique opportunity to observe, participate and learn from the insights of each faculty artist and student. Additionally, scheduled open forums examine structural analysis, the dynamics of performance, thematic scope, and career management. In the tradition of Schnabel, Rachmaninoff, Neuhaus and Liszt, the MMF Piano Institute encourages the philosophy that a diversity of ideas inspires and facilitates artistic freedom. 

Under the guidance of acclaimed guest and resident faculty, participants receive weekly private lessons, intensive technical and artistic seminars, career forums and masterclasses. 

The Miami Music Festival Piano Institute is sponsored by Steinway and Sons of Coral Gables who graciously loan MMF exceptional pianos for participant study and performance throughout the festival. 

Performance Experience

Pianists receive multiple performance opportunities throughout the MMF Piano Institute, including weekly public recitals, as well as masterclass appearances with resident and visiting faculty. In addition to their own performances, participants have the opportunity to hear faculty artists in recital weekly. 


Participants may choose to compete in the MMF Piano Concerto Competition. Selected by a panel of faculty artists, up to three winners perform in a public concert with the MMF Symphony Orchestra. Winners also receive a professional video recording for their personal promotional use. 

2019 Faculty

2019 Live Audition Dates

  • Miami, Florida – February 5-6

  • Boston, Massachusetts – February 7

  • New York, New York – February 8-9

  • Washington, DC – February 15

  • Houston, Texas – February 16

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – February 17

  • Oberlin, Ohio – February 18

  • Cleveland, Ohio – February 18

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan – February 19

  • Chicago, Illinois – February 20

  • Bloomington, Indiana – February 21

  • Los Angeles, California – February 23

  • San Francisco, California – February 24

  • Video




Tuition $1750.00

Registration Fee $250.00

Application Fee $35.00


Per person/double-occupancy $690.00

Per person/single-occupancy $1060.00



Please complete our online application. You may choose to select either a live audition date or submit a recording link via YouTube in lieu of a live audition. 


  • Live auditions or videos should consist of two contrasting works of the applicant's choice, no longer than 15 minutes in total length.

  • Video submissions should be recorded during the last year and not contain any audio edits.

  • Separate video files for each work are allowed.


Partial scholarships are available based on merit from audition results. Early applications have a higher chance of receiving scholarship. Miami Music Festival also assists students in fundraising and creating campaigns to help defray program costs.


The Miami Music Institute admits students of any race, color, creed, sex, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, family responsibility, national origin, ancestry, handicap, or religion to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Institute. It does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs or any other Institute-administered programs.


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