Piano Seminar @ Stanford
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The Thomas Schultz Summer Piano Seminar at Stanford
August 16-21, 2021
Braun Music Center

Stanford piano faculty Thomas Schultz created this annual opportunity
for advanced young pianists to study and perform both traditional and
new repertoire. Along with private masterclass sessions for the
students during the seminar week, there will be four livestreamed
concerts that the public can view online.

Thomas Schultz, solo piano
Tuesday, August 17
Livestreaming on this page 11:30 am – 1:00 pm PDT

Works by Bach/Busoni, Busoni, Na, and Rzewski

- Seminar Participants Concerts -

Thursday - Saturday, August 19-21
Livestreaming on this page 2:00 – 3:30 pm PDT each day

Thursday: Adrian Liu, Kevin Sun, and Roger Xia
Works by Chopin, Na, and Schubert

Friday: Leslie Jin, David Lee, Lina Lee, and Roger Xia
Works by Beethoven, Messiaen, Schönberg, and Schubert

Saturday: Leslie Jin, David Lee, Lina Lee, Adrian Liu, and Kevin Sun
Works by Bartók, Liszt, Na, and Rzewski

The Thomas Schultz Summer Piano Seminar is supported by the
Elaine and Richard Fohr Foundation.


The Thomas Schultz Summer Piano Seminar at Stanford is an opportunity for young pianists, eighteen and older, who are at an advanced level of study or who are at the young artist stage of their career to work with the distinguished pianist/teacher Thomas Schultz on the campus of Stanford University. The seminar will take place between August 16 and August 21, 2021. Each participant will prepare two works to play in a master class setting and perform in public concert. Music from both the traditional repertoire and from the more recent and rarely-heard repertoire will be studied and performed.

Scholarships are available to support the costs of fees and lodging on the Stanford campus; participants will be responsible for their board.

To apply, send the following materials to    thomasschultzpianoseminar@stanford.edu

          A resume of musical and academic activities

          Links to videos of performances by the applicant of two contrasting works

          The titles of two works proposed for study and performance at the seminar:

           1) A work of the applicant’s choice

           2) A work by a composer selected from the following list:

  •            Ferruccio Busoni                   Pierre Boulez                Morton Feldman
  •            Arnold Schoenberg              Gyorgy Ligeti                John Cage
  •            Anton Webern                      Frederic Rzewski          Christian Wolff
  •            Hanns Eisler                           Louis Andriessen         Toru Takemitsu
  •            Stefan Wolpe                         Hyo-shin Na                  Walter Zimmermann
  •            Karlheinz Stockhausen         Olivier Messiaen          Boudewijn Buckinx
  •            The choice of a recently-written work by a composer not on this list will also be considered.

    • Thomas Schultz has established an international reputation both as an interpreter of music from the classical tradition – particularly Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt – and as one of the leading exponents of the music of our time. Among his recent engagements are solo recitals in New York (a series of six recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall between 2004 and 2012, and recitals at the Goethe Institute and Bargemusic), San Francisco, Berlin, Paris, Ghent, Seoul, Busan, Taipei and Kyoto, and at the Schoenberg Festival in Vienna and the Piano Spheres series in Los Angeles. In 2005, 2010, 2014 and 2017 he gave masterclasses on the piano music of the Second Viennese School at the Schoenberg Center in Vienna.
  • His recording of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Two Solo Pianos is on the MusicMasters lab New World Record  issued his        recording of Christian Wolff’s Long Piano in 2009 and he has recorded numerous cds on the  Wooden Fish label of repertoire ranging from Bach’s Goldberg Variations to Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated. His recording of piano works of John Cage was released in 2018 on the Mode label.
  •  Schultz’s musical studies were with John Perry, Leonard Stein and Philip Lillestol. He has been a member of the piano faculty at Stanford University since 1994.