Amati Music Festival 2014
at Princeton University


World-class teachers and performers enabling motivated young artists

to achieve their musical goals

World-class teachers and performers enabling motivated young artists

to achieve their musical goals

The Amati Music Festival™ founders, faculty and staff have many years of experience organizing and teaching teenagers and young adults the fine art of piano and stringed instrument playing.


This year marks the first time the Festival will be conducted on the campus of Princeton University.  Presented by the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation, Inc., an IRS Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit educational and cultural institution, the Festival is co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute of Cleveland, the International Music Institute of China™, Jiang Jie Music School, MusicSmart™ and the Jinan Foreign Languages School International Center.


This will be the 15th season of the Festival, which immerses pre-college young artists in music making.  Alejandro Mendoza is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival and serves as head of the String Department; Gerardo Teissonnière serves as head of its Piano Department.  Participants come from the US and around the world to join with other highly-motivated young people to enhance their solo and chamber music learning, practicing and performance skills in an intense, but nurturing, environment.  The Festival presents an excellent opportunity for young artists to take their work "to the next level," whether it be learning a piece for the first time or readying a piece for competition or performance--or both.


The two-week session consists of daily practice (4-5 hours), individual and group lessons, chamber music and performance classes.  There are two weekly Young Artist Concerts and an Young Artist Honors Concert at the end of the Festival.  A Guest Artist will perform and present a Master Class, which would be available to all students on an audition basis.


All teaching, practicing and performance activities will be conducted at the Music Department's Woolworth Building.  Festival participants will live on-campus under adult supervision at Princeton University in Forbes College,  Breakfast and Lunch will be served at Frist Campus Center; Dinner will be served at Wilson College.  Daily recreational activities include campus and museum tours and supervised use of the many athletic facilities at Dillon Gymnasium. Located just off US 1 between New York City and Philadelphia, the historic Princeton community has 30,000 residents, has tree-lined streets, specialty shops, restaurants, parks and a friendly and safe atmosphere.


Total enrollment is limited to a maximum of 24 young artists.  The application process consists of submittal of an Application Form, a recording and a teacher recommendation.


Tuition:  $2250

Room and Board:  $1200


There is a modest scholarship fund available.  Prospective participants are encouraged to seek support from their local arts foundations.