THE PROGRAM
BIMFA offers an intensive schedule, focusing on close student-faculty collaboration through individual study and ensemble performance. It includes:
  • Individual lessons twice weekly
  • Coached chamber ensembles and group classes
  • Opportunities to participate in Masterclass Series and Lectures/Seminars
  • Festival pass to observe all master classes, individual teaching and chamber music coaching
  • Free admission to all concerts by artist-faculty, acclaimed artists and festival participants
  • Multiple opportunities for public performance by individual festival participants and selected ensembles in Gala Concert, Young Artists' Concerts and Noon Showcase
  • Eligibility to enter the Concerto Competition as well as the Solo Piano Competitions (Junior & Senior divisions); winners to be presented in the Gala Finale Concert and future festival concert series/performance

CONCERTO COMPETITION                                                                        The Concerto Competition offers students a special challenge and an opportunity for public recognition. Participants must be fully registered students of the festival to enter:

  • 1st Prize: $500 award. Additional opportunities include a Winner's Recital and presentation in Festival Concert Series performances in future seasons

  • 2nd Prize: $250 award

  • 3rd Prize: $100 award

CULTURAL EXCURSIONS                                                                           The historic city of Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and the country's cultural, political and transportation center. Geographically located in the northern part of China, Beijing is an ancient city with a long cultural history and the second largest Chinese city with a population of more than 11 million. Served as the capital for four Chinese dynasties - Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing, Beijing possesses unparalleled scenic and historical sites that inspire exploration leading to better understanding of Chinese history, culture and the arts, and was the host city for the 2008 Olympic Games. As a special part of the cultural experience, BIMFA will organize at least four excursions* in the Beijing vicinity from the following list:

~ Great Wall of China

~ Forbidden City (Palace Museum) & Tiananmen Square

~ Summer Palace or Temple of Heaven

~ Hutong Tour & Drum Tower

~Performance of either a Chinese acrobatic troupe or a traditional Chinese variety show

*All excursion expenses (site entrance admission, local transportation, gratuities to local tour guides and translators) are included in the fees paid by each fully registered participant.


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