KPF was one of the most amazing experiences of my life so far.

The emphasis on friendship and socialising over competition is one of the unique plus-points of this course.

Iain Clarke

Royal College of Music, London

Kaunas Piano Fest 2020

Welcome to the 3rd edition!



  • 4 Individual piano lessons (2 with each professor) with prof. Aaron Shorr (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and prof. Hortense Cartier-Bresson (Conservatoire de Paris CNSMDP)

  • Possibility to perform a solo recital

  • Professional multi-cam recording of your recital

  • Unlimited practice time

  • Individual photoshoots

  • Lectures on management, performance and history

  • Lunch and dinner provided everyday

  • Massage sessions

  • Scholarships, performance opportunities and other prizes

  • Optional internal competition (Lithuania celebrates 2020 as the year of the History of the Lithuanian Jews (Litvaks). We invite our participants to include at least one piece by a composer of Litvak origin* in their recital programs. See the list of suggested composers below. Duration of these pieces should be 7 - 12 minutes. There will be 3 monetary prizes (€500, €300 and €200) offered for best performances of these pieces). If you'd like to take part, you may sign-up in the application form.


  • This year KPF will take place from 9th till 18th July 2020.

  • You are expected to arrive on 8th and depart on the 19th July 2020.

  • All masterclasses, lectures and most of the concerts will take place in Kaunas, Lithuania. We will also have concerts in the capital Vilnius and other venues. The main venue is Kaunas Juozas Naujalis Music Gymnasium (Kęstučio g. 85, 44299 Kaunas, Lithuania).



  • Due to a limited number of available places, you'll need to submit a video recording as a Youtube link. The repertoire is free, select a piece(s) which you think represent(s) you best. It can be either solo or a concerto with orchestra. The total duration should be minimum 5 minutes, preferably less than 30 minutes.

  • If you'd like to apply for a scholarship, please submit a cover letter.


  • Application deadline: 8th May 2020

  • Pre-selection results announced: 11th May 2020

  • Confirm and pay the course fee until: 15th May 2020

  • Registration fee - 30 Eur (non-refundable)

  • Course fee - 600 Eur (only to be paid in case of acceptance)​Accommodation is not included in the course fee.

*Composers of full or partial Litvak heritage:

Leopold Godowsky (1870 - 1938)

Maximilian Steinberg (1883 - 1946)

Joseph Achron (1886 - 1943)

George Gershwin (1898  - 1937)

Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990)

Jascha Heifetz (1901 - 1987)

Benny Goodman (1909 - 1986)

Philip Glass (b. 1937)

Vyacheslav Ganelin (b. 1944)

Anatolijus Šenderovas (1945 - 2019)

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