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On the Path To a Piano Career: Finding Mentors, Camaraderie, and Skills to Compete

Ching-Yun Hu, PYPA founder, and Chunyi Wang, PYPA festival student.
Listen to the radio feature about the PYPA competition.

What are all the things you need to know if your goal is to be a concert pianist? More than 20 aspiring musicians ages 12 to 27 will travel to Philadelphia in early August from Asia, South America, Canada, and parts of the United States to find out.

They'll participate in a week-long intensive program, the Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy (PYPA), founded and directed by concert pianist Ching-Yun Hu in 2013, and held at the Curtis Institute of Music.

As WRTI’s Susan Lewis and Meridee Duddleston report, the program offers master classes and performance opportunities, encourages friendships, and provides a sense of what life is like as a professional musician.

Listen to PYPA Director Ching-Yun Hu talk with WRTI's Meridee Duddleston and Susan Lewis about her passion for helping young pianists on their professional path.

Meet 12-year-old Chunyi Wang, who talks with WRTI's Susan Lewis and Meridee Duddleston about the piano festival and competition.

Ching-Yun Hu, Mira Yevtich, and Ursula Oppens are among the artists performing at PYPA's evening concerts at Curtis.


Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.