2018 Piano Performance Academy – Applications Now Open!

Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival, July 2–6, 2018

About the Program


VIPA-Piano 2018 is moving again with an outstanding program directed by prestigious pianist and pedagogue Juan Lago. We will enjoy the presence of well-known pianists and pedagogues like Pavel Nersessian, Alexander Kobrin, Pascal Nemirovski, Jose Ramon Mendez, Jura Margulis, Yuanxizi Li and Michael Bulychev-Okser. VIPA 2018 Piano Program will be held between July 2 and 6 at the facilities of the “José Iturbi” Conservatory in Valencia, located at Avenida de Baleares, 36, in the breathtaking city of Valencia.

Students can specify teacher preference. As far as possible, with the goal of providing a varied learning experience to the students, the organization will try to accommodate requests, but it’s encouraged to take lessons by as many different teachers as possible, in order to obtain the best benefit from the VIPA experience and its diversity.

VIPA Piano Program will accept applications for active and auditor participants. ACTIVE VIPA 2018 students will receive 5 individual lessons of 45’. In addition to working closely with faculty, students enrolled in the performance program will have complete access to all other VIPA events, workshops, masterclasses, presentations, and concerts, including those from the VIPA Composition Program. A series of concerts will be given by the students of the piano program, performing the repertoire they have coached with faculty.

These concerts will take place at the Auditorium of the Conservatorio José Iturbi and al the Centro del Carmen, both in the city of Valencia. AUDITORS are entitled to observe lessons, classes and all other VIPA events but will not receive private coachings or lessons.

The faculty will select the active students who participate in the concerts. All students receive a certificate of participation in VIPA.

2018 Piano Performance Faculty

Juan Lago

Program Director

Conservatorio José Iturbi
Valencia, Spain

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Pavel Nersessian


Tchaikovsky Conservatory; Moscow, Russia; Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

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Alexander Kobrin


Eastman School of Music
Rochester, NY, USA

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Pascal Nemirovski


Royal Birmingham Conservatoire,
Birmingham, UK

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Jose Ramon Mendez


Penn State University
State College, PA, USA

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Jura Margulis


Universität der Kunst
Vienna, Austria

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Yuanxizi Li


Beijing Central Conservatory Piano Academy
Beijing, China

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Michael Bulychev-Osker


International Concert Pianist
Alion Baltic Festival, Estonia

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Daniel Abalos

Associate Professor

Conservatorio Manuel Carra
Málaga, Spain

Apply to the 2018 VIPA Piano Performance Academy


Active Piano Performance Participant: 480€

Auditor: 120€



Application and deposit paid before March 1st, 2018: Discount of 30€ for active participants in the Performance Academy.

Students of the “J. ITURBI” Conservatory: 20% discount on tuition (final tuition cost 384€ for active participants and 96€ for auditors).

Participants and auditors from previous VIPA editions: -50€.

To apply as an ACTIVE student, the applicants shall fill-in the Piano Performance Application Form and will make a payment of 200€ as a deposit towards the full tuition amount. The rest of the tuition will be payed on the first day of the academy. The deposit fee will be non-refundable.

APPLICATION PAYMENT – Application deposit payments are accepted in one of two methods: 

  1. Bank transfer to the following account:
    ES27 0081 5639 9200 0104 8110 
    (please include student’s complete name).
  2. Through Paypal here


All application data and materials are to be sent electronically through the Piano Performance Application Formor by email to [email protected]. VIPA supports an environment-friendly and expense-free philosophy and hopes to avoid the unnecessary use of paper products, as well as the cost of postal fees. Applications should include the following:

  • CURRICULUM VITAE or RESUME (include: educational background, schools, teachers, degrees, awards, prizes, previous festivals attended, and any relevant performances and/or professional experience). Submit with a link in the application form or via email at [email protected]


Applications are processed on a rolling basis, that is, in the order in which they are received. There are limited positions available, so we encourage students to apply as soon as possible.

Questions may be directed to: [email protected]