I am very happy with the fantastic professional level of the participants:

everyone plays great, therefore it is a pleasure to work with them.

The festival atmosphere is also very encouraging as everyone here is extremely friendly.

The organizers are young professional musicians themselves, so they know very well what young musicians need.

Olga Kern

Pianist, Professor KPF19

Kaunas Piano Fest 2020

Welcome to the 3rd edition!



  • Full scholarships to all accepted participants

  • 4 individual piano lessons (2 with each professor) with prof. Aaron Shorr (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and prof. Aleksandra Žvirblytė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

  • 4 lectures on management, performance and history

  • Possibility to perform an online solo recital

  • 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 online 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.

  • All lessons and lectures are going to take place online this year. However, if it becomes possible to arrive to Kaunas, you could have your lessons and recital performances in Kaunas Juozas Naujalis Music Gymnasium (Kęstučio g. 85, 44299 Kaunas, Lithuania). A Steinway D grand piano as well as high quality audio/video recording equipment will be set up there. 



  • 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.


  • Application deadline: 15th June 2020

  • Pre-selection results announced: 19th June 2020

  • Course fee - 0,00 Eur. There will be no course fee this year. Every accepted participant will receive a full scholarship.

  • Registration fee - 30 Eur

*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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