The goal of the Piano Spark Festival is to provide the best learning experience for everyone by combining an intensive educational program with an outstanding concert series presented by world-class classical pianists. We invite you to become part of the festival either as an active participant or an observer. All participants will have the opportunity to work with prominent piano pedagogues in daily one-on-one private lessons and to participate in a piano competition, recitals, educational workshops, lectures and master classes that will focus on both piano solo and piano ensemble repertoire. Selected participants will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in two concerts at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.

Fingers on piano
DC Capitol Building

In addition to the intensive program offerings, participants will have the chance to enjoy and explore the cultural and historical sights of Washington, D.C. including museums, galleries, memorials, monuments, theaters and restaurants. A special sight-seeing city bus tour will be offered to our festival participants and guests. We are experienceted to once again be offering the Young Pianist Showcase concert series. These 30-minute concerts, preceding our guest artists’ evening concerts, will feature an array of extraordinarily talented young pianists who are prizewinners of local, national and international piano competitions.

During the last seven editions of the festival we welcomed more than 450 participants, faculty, and guest artists from all over the world including Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Brazil, Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, France, Italy, and the United States. They all made our festival become one of the most successful additions to the nation's capital's summer cultural life.

Kennedy Center Interior
Boris Slutsky
Chongxiao Liu
 Douglas Humpherys
Edvinas Minkstimas
Ivo Kaltchev
Juan Lago
Nikita Fitenko
Xun Pan



"I enjoyed last week in DC and the festival very much. The private lessons, master classes, lectures and the concerts were fantastic! The festival was very well organized. Thank you for all your work!"


"I would like to thank you, and all of the other faculty and board members for providing us with such an amazing experience."


"Thank you very much for organizing the Piano Spark Festival. It was a great experience for me, and we all loved it! I will let more friends know about this great festival!"


"My daughter Clara enjoyed the PSF so much that she wants to come back. It was our best educational vacation and we miss it.


"The lessons were stimulating and fun. The first PSF was valuable and fruitful for me."


"I wanted to thank you so much for everything this past week during the music festival. I learned so much, and all the professors were fantastic!"