Spotlight – Washington International Piano Festival



Ivo Kaltchev and Ralitza Patcheva at the residence of the Bulgarian Ambassador last April.

Ivo Kaltchev and Ralitza Patcheva at the residence of the Bulgarian Ambassador last April.

The festival takes place every summer on the beautiful campus of the Catholic University of America, as well as at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Young aspiring concert pianists, teachers, amateurs, and piano lovers of all ages from all over the world are invited to participate in this inspiring and unique one-week festival.

The goal of our festival – the first and the only piano festival in Washington, D.C. – 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 (see registration). All participants will have the opportunity to work with prominent piano pedagogues in daily one-on-one private lessons and to participate in recitals, educational workshops, lectures and master classes that will focus on both piano solo and piano ensemble repertoire. Selected WIPF participants will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in two concerts at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Both concerts are webcast live at 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.

In addition to presenting some of the best internationally-renowned pianists in recital (see ticket information), we are excited to offer again to the festival participants and audiences 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 living and studying in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area who are prizewinners of local, national and international piano competitions.
During the last four editions of the festival we welcomed more than 200 participants, faculty and guest artists from all over the world including Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, Singapore, Argentina, Brasil, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Bulgaria and the U.S. They all made our festival become one of the most successful additions to the nation’s capital’s summer cultural life.

2013 Guest Artists
Alessio Bax (recital and master class)
Ingbert Blüthner-Haessler (lecture)
Tanya Gabrielian (recital)
Brian Ganz (recital and master class)
Kim Hae-young (recital)
Scott McBride Smith (workshop and master class)
Yekwon Sunwoo (recital)
2013 Faculty
Ivo Kaltchev (Co-Director)
Nikita Fitenko (Co-Director)
Yuri Didenko (Russia)
Kim Hae-young (South Korea)
Atsuko Okada (Japan)
Xun Pan (China)

Highlights of the 2013 WIPF
Two Concerts by the 2013 WIPF Participants at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Piano Artist Concert Series
Young Pianist Showcase Concert Series
Five private lessons for every student