University of Florida International Piano Festival

Gainesville, FL 32611, USA


UFIPF assembles promising young pianists for lessons and masterclasses with distinguished piano teachers from North America and across the globe. Originating in 2007 as the Chinese-American International Piano Institute (CAIPI), the event has hosted some of the finest performers and teachers from around the world. Upon review of application materials, students will be invited to participate in one of three divisions:

Artist Division

Highly advanced applicants will be invited to participate in the Artist Division. There is no upper age limit. Artist Division participants will be assembled into small, rotating study groups, giving each student the opportunity to receive a lesson or masterclass from each member of the faculty--a total of five lessons. In addition to morning lessons, Artist Division participants will perform in public masterclasses and recitals every afternoon and evening. 

UFIPF Honors Recital: Six outstanding Artist Division participants, determined by faculty vote, will be selected to perform in the UFIPF Honors Recital at the close of the festival.

Rising Artist Division

The Rising Artist Divsion is open to any progressing pianist, age 13 or older. Rising Artists will receive three private lessons from UFIPF faculty. Additionally, Rising Artists will receive classes in music theory from UF faculty. Rising Artists will receive full access to Artist lessons, masterclasses and concerts. 

Closing Recital: As part of the UFIPF closing events, Rising Artists will perform in a recital.


In addition to attending all masterclasses and concerts, UFIPF Observers will have open access to observe the private teaching of all faculty and all Rising Artist classroom activities. 

Please Note: Enrollment is limited. The application deadline is April 17, but applications will be considered as they are received. Participants will be notified upon acceptance and given instructions for completing their registration. Apply Now! The University of Florida School of Music is an All-Steinway School residing within one of the top-ranked public universities in the United States. Participants will experience first-rate instruments as well as excellent practice and performance spaces within the beautiful UF campus. Room and board will be provided on campus, offering convenient walking access to all activities. Gainesville is located in the north-central part of Florida, with nearby access to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and the major cities of Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville.