WMF INTERNATIONAL PIANO INSTITUTE
AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON
JAN 28 - FEB 10, 2020
The WMF International Piano Institute is a project of Wilmington Music Festival, established to provide piano students from all over the world first-class instruction and performance experience in one of the most charming resort towns of the Southeastern United States, Wilmington, North Carolina.
The 2020 WMF Piano Institute's educational activities will take place on campus of the prestigious University of North Carolina at Wilmington and will include performances at Wilmington’s Beckwith Recital Hall at UNCW, Thalian Hall for the Performing Arts and St Paul's Episcopal Church. These events will feature distinguished faculty members and international piano students.
The study program of the WMF Winter Piano Institute includes:
Daily individual coaching sessions
Up to five public masterclasses
Public performance opportunities at Wilmington's world-class concert venues
ESL at WMF Piano Institute:
The WMF International Piano Institute features intensive ESL classes by the English as a Second Language Program at UNCW, whose mission is to provide quality English language instruction and American experiential learning for cross-cultural communication, confidence in the academic setting, and friendship.
The faculty for the WMF International Piano Institute is composed of members selected among the most eminent, internationally renowned figures on the music scene, principally including:
Dr. Barry Salwen, Professor of Piano at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Professor Pavlina Dokovska, Chair of the Piano Department at Mannes School of Music
Vladimir Valjarevic, Professor at Mannes School of Music and Rutgers University
Shuai Zhao, Professor at Xi’an Conservatory of Music
Aza Sydykov, Co-founder and Artistic Director of Wilmington Music Festival
*Other guest teaching artists TBA
The WMF International Piano Institute is open to pianists of any age or nationality.
Applicants must submit video recordings of performances of two contrasting solo works of their choice.
The application deadline is December 31, 2019 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. All application materials must have been received no later than by midnight on that date.
Applications must include the following materials submitted through the Wilmington Music Festival website at
The properly completed application form
The applicant’s choice of repertoire
A video recording (YouTube or Vimeo links)
A digital copy of a valid passport or government issued photo ID
A short resume and biography describing education and experience
Two recent, high-quality copyright free photographs in JPEG format suitable for publication
A non-refundable online application fee of $55
Confirmation will be sent to each applicant upon receipt of the completed application form and the additionally required materials. Applications will not be accepted unless all of the above-specified materials have been received.
Applicants are encouraged to retain copies of all materials sent in with their applications. The WMF will accept no responsibility for material not received.
The 2020 WMF Winter Piano Institute features the Wilmington International Piano Competition, which offers cash prizes and performance opportunities through the Festival’s mainstage presentations at Wilmington’s prestigious venues.
The competition is open to students of any age, who are enrolled in the program.
Two contrasting solo works of contestant’s choice.
The total program should not exceed 10 min.
1stPrize - $500
2ndPrize - $300
3rdPrize - $200
Winners’ recital at Beckwith Recital Hall at University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
*Other performance opportunities TBA
The participants will receive a full variety of artist promotional services, including event and promotional photography, videography and digital publicity.
Tuition and fees:
Room and Board:
Double-occupancy room: $480 (Includes breakfast)
Meal plan: $260 (Includes lunch and dinner)
Travel and accommodation:
All expenses outside of tuition are the responsibility of the participant. These include round trip air travel, visa fees, international travel insurance, hotel costs, and meals. Expenses incurred while taking part in the Festival program will not be paid or reimbursed.
Hotel, meals and transportation:
Hotel costs and meals will be paid directly to the Wilmington Music Festival when completing enrollment. The WMF will pay and confirm each of these on behalf of each participant. Rooms will be double occupancy.
The hotel is located on a UNCW shuttle route. Each student will be issued a UNCW ID card, which will enable free trips on the UNCW shuttle buses and any other campus services provided to a cardholder. The UNCW International Programs and WMF will provide airport transfers for the students.
The WMF will provide Chinese-speaking students from UNCW to translate individual lessons and masterclasses, and offer knowledge of the local setting.
Travel insurance and liability:
Visiting international students must obtain their travel insurance policies covering the entire dates of the program.
Information for parents/guardians:
Parents or legal guardians must accompany all students under 18.
The hotel rooms and meals plans will be available for all accompanying parents or legal guardians
Registration fee for parents and guardians is $250
Double occupancy hotel room rate per night is $75, which includes breakfast.
Meal plan is $260 and Includes lunch and dinner.
Round-trip bus transfer service from Wilmington International Airport to hotel is $100
The Wilmington Music Festival accepts no liability or responsibility for a participant’s illness or injury or for loss of or damage to a participant’s personal property during transit to or from the site(s) of Festival events or while participating in Festival activities. No expenses for medical costs or emergency services will be paid or reimbursed.
WMF Piano Institute’s exciting features:
The small boutique program delivers individualized attention and care
World-class faculty and artists roster
Intensive ESL classes
Beautiful university campus and practice rooms
Interactive, student-focused learning environment at UNCW’ campus
Exceptional student services by WMF and UNCW’s International Programs Office
Chinese speaking chaperons and translators
Professional level publicity: Video/Audio/Photo/Press
Wilmington International Piano Competition
Performance opportunities at Wilmington’s prestigious concert halls
Wilmington, North Carolina
One of the most picturesque resort beach towns in the USA
Historic downtown located on the majestic Cape Fear River
· Voted No.1 among USA Today’s Best American Riverfronts (2015)
Award-winning tourist destination
Area population: 220,000 (2015 US Census)
Largest film studio on the East Coast
World-class restaurants, cafes and shops