August 11, 2017

Brian Ganz

November 12, 2017 (Sunday, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.)

Lecture and Master Class


JACOBS MUSIC, 1718 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. A laureate of the Marguerite Long, Jacques Thibaud and the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competitions, Mr. Ganz has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony and the City of London Sinfonia.

Mr. Ganz is artist-in-residence at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is on the piano faculty at the Peabody Conservatory. In January 2011, he began a multi-year project in partnership with the National Philharmonic in which he will perform the complete works of Chopin at the Music Center at Strathmore, outside of Washington D.C. In February 2017, the seventh recital featured the Etudes Op. 10.

In his program for us before the Master Class, Mr. Ganz will discuss and play examples from the Chopin Etudes Op.10. This will be followed by a Master Class where he will work with students of our members. Students through their senior year of high school are eligible to audition.

Four students will have the opportunity to work with Mr. Ganz during the master class.

  1. Each teacher may submit one student audition.
  2. An audition should be submitted as a video link to YouTube (unlisted) or Video.
    As an alternative, a candidate may send two copies of a video DVD instead. Please do not identify the student or the teacher on the video links or on the DVDs. In addition,a teacher should mail the official registration form (below) and a check for $25.00 to Francine Christy, 103 Patton Lane, Radnor, PA 19087. Postmark deadline is September 30th. Video links should be emailed to Francine Christy ( September 30th.
  3. Students through their senior year of high school are eligible to audition.
  4. Students may submit one or two pieces, but if chosen, will play only one piece at the master class (selected by the judges). Pieces should be at the Upper Intermediate or Advanced levels. Examples of an Upper intermediate piece are Beethoven Sonatas, Op. 49, Mendelssohn Songs Without Words, and Grieg Lyrical Pieces. If you have questions about the acceptability of a submission, please contact Joan Krzywicki (
  5. Candidates should be accustomed to performing in public. They should be comfortable being taught on a stage, and they should be flexible and able to respond to Mr. Ganz’s suggestions. Students should be able to start anywhere in the piece.
  6. The deadline for these applications is 9/30.

Questions, contact Joan Krzywicki –

For his lecture, Mr. Ganz will talk about the Chopin Etudes, Op. 10 and play excerpts from some or all of them. It would be appropriate for a student to play one of these Etudes at the master class, but this is optional. Candidates will be evaluated in relationship to all of the auditions received.