Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s piano performance program boasts a small faculty of world-renowned pianists with illustrious performance careers. Offering valuable industry experience and mentorship, conservatory faculty members are dedicated to providing their students with the personalized attention needed to sharpen their technical skills, shape their artistry, and build their confidence as concert pianists.
The conservatory’s rigorous undergraduate program helps students gain a rich understanding of standard piano repertoire through their own practice and intensive courses in baroque, classical, romantic, and 20th-century solo and concerto music for piano. In addition, pedagogy courses and performance seminars allow students to explore their technical and artistic boundaries.
Because the program is designed for concert pianists, it offers a multitude of opportunities for students to perform for public audiences. Students also have regular exposure to high-profile artists who visit campus as part of the school’s revered Piano Masters Series, or who are in Boston to perform with the nearby Boston Symphony Orchestra. These guest artists give master classes that offer artistic guidance and career advice to conservatory piano students.
What It Takes to Succeed
Students who flourish in the conservatory’s piano performance program are deeply committed to discovering their individual voices as performing artists. They are supportive of their peers and enjoy musical collaborations that inspire creativity. They appreciate the work of today’s eminent pianists and aspire to join them at the forefront of the art form.
The first two years of the conservatory’s piano performance program focus on strengthening performance technique through private lessons and soloist engagements in the school’s weekly seminar and studio classes. At the same time, students take courses designed to reinforce musical skills, such as sight-reading, harmonization, and music theory. In their second year, students begin in-depth collaborative studies with various conservatory ensembles and groups.
In their junior and senior years, students showcase their progress in solo and ensemble recitals that are well attended by conservatory and local audiences. Additionally, students delve into a comprehensive study of standard piano repertoire and explore pedagogical techniques and methods for piano aimed to help round out their understanding of the instrument. In their senior year, students may choose to either continue their collaborative work with their peers or focus on refining their solo repertoire and performance skills.
As part of their classroom work, students are expected to perform regularly as soloists and collaborators alongside their talented peers in studio and solo recitals, chamber groups, and contemporary ensembles, as well as in symphonic orchestras and pit orchestras for the conservatory’s dance, opera, and theater productions.
Alumni of the conservatory’s piano performance program have gone on to win international competitions and awards, and have performed with some of the world’s leading ensembles.
- Dallas International Piano Competition
- Honens International Piano Competition
- International Franz Liszt Competition
- Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition
- Piano Teachers National Association Competition
- Unisa International Piano Competition
- Baden-Baden Philharmonic
- Berliner Symphoniker
- Calgary Philharmonic
- Finnish Radio Symphony
- Gstaad Festival Orchestra
- Guangzhou Symphony
- Hamburg Symphony
- Johannesburg Philharmonic
- Juilliard Symphony
- La Havana Symphony
- Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra
- Miami Symphony
- National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
- Northern Sinfonia
- Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra
- San Francisco Symphony
- St. Petersburg Philharmonic
- Tokyo City Symphony
- Winnipeg Symphony