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Piano Master Class

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Program Information


Recognized as one of the leading programs for emerging pianists, our Piano Master Class continually attracts the highest calibre of young performing artists. The Banff Centre’s summer music programs offer musicians a unique learning experience through intensive programs and dozens of performance opportunities with other international participants in the music programs, as well as with the renowned program faculty.

2016 Classes:

  • Julian Martin
  • John Perry | Ronan O'Hora
  • Nelita True | Marietta Orlov

What does the program offer?

Participants will focus on their artistic development through collegial interaction with peers and faculty, numerous performance opportunities, and access to facilities which include 33 grand pianos, three harpsichords, one harmonium, one fortepiano, and one of the best-equipped piano workshops in Canada.

Who should apply?

This program is designed for emerging pianists looking for a period of focused time to refine their repertoire with a world-class faculty.


Participants are assigned to one of the three classes for the full duration of the program. Ms. Orlov, Mr. O'Hora, Mr. Perry and Ms. True will each be on-site for half the duration of the program.

Daily activities consist of private lessons, masterclasses and performances on Banff Centre stages and in the community. Performances are curated in collaboration with the Artistic Director, Artistic Associate and Faculty. 

The program is conceived so that each pianist has access to practice facilities for a minimum of four hours per day. Instruments available are grand pianos, baby grand pianos and upright pianos. Access to other keyboard instruments such as harpsichord, fortepiano and harmonium can be facilitated.


What's Included

Shared RoomRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Regular Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Regular Flex meal plan includes $29 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Recording OpportunitiesRead MoreClose

Demo recordings: Upon availability, you’ll have the option to record up to 30 minutes of music at a reduced rate as part of your program. These recordings are intended to be used for auditions or personal promotion, not for commercial purposes.

Showcase your workRead MoreClose

This program offers opportunities to showcase your work in one of our performance venues or in the community.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program fee
$2 392.10

*Financial Aid up to 33% is available for this program.  If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials to SlideRoom.

Application fee


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How to Apply

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application.
Learn more.

Financial assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.


A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience. Indicate years or periods involved and organizations or relevant persons with whom you have studied.


Contact details for a private teacher or a musician of importance that you have worked with in the last 12 months.


Recordings should be approximately 15 minutes in length consisting of 3 works of contrasting style, one of which must be classical or romantic. Individual movements are acceptable, though should each be from different works. The choice and difficulty of repertoire will be considered and should reflect your strengths. Video recordings are strongly preferred.

Personal statement

A statement of what you would like to achieve over the course of the program as well as proposed repertoire. 

If you have attended The Banff Centre's Piano Master Class program more than three times, please explain how you think you would benefit from another residency.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete. 


All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of The Banff Centre.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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