Summer Piano Intensive

Summer Programs

Summer Piano Intensive

The NYU Summer Piano Intensive brings serious young professionals and gifted student pianists to study and perform in America’s cultural capital, at one of the world’s most esteemed universities. The NYU Summer Piano Intensive offers instruction and mentoring appropriate for young artists pursuing concert careers, serious college-age students focusing on careers in performance, and advanced high school students preparing for conservatory auditions and competitions.

The two-week session features daily private lessons with following NYU Steinhardt Artist Faculty members:

Eduardus Halim is the inaugural holder of the Sascha Gorodnitzki Chair in Piano Studies at NYU Steinhardt. Since his 1987 Lincoln Center debut, Halim has appeared with such orchestras as Baltimore Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Hongkong Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony. He has given recitals in New York at Alice Tully Hall, 92nd Street Y, Washington at the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall in London. Other career highlights include a performance of the Beethoven's Chorale Fantasy conducted by Jahja Ling at Carnegie Hall and recitals of Granados's Goya-inspired piano suite "Goyescas" at the Frick Collection in New York, the Gardner Museum in Boston and Arizona's Scottsdale Center for the Arts among others. His awards and honors include the Young Concert Artist International Auditions as well as the Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Mr. Halim's recordings include Presenting Eduardus Halim: A Program of Piano Transcriptions on the Arabesque label, and two discs devoted to Granodos and Chopin on the Reservoir Studio Productions label. Of the Chopin album, Stephen Wigler of wrote, "Anyone who misses Vladimir Horowitz would be wise to investigate this all-Chopin recital by Eduardus Halim, the last of the master's students. He is a born Chopinist .... Rather than call him his master's disciple, it would be better to call him his successor." Eduardus Halim Plays Chopin was named one of the top classical instrumental CDs by

Mr. Halim's distinctive approach to the piano is matched by a charismatic personality that has captured the attention of the media. He has been profiled by The New York Times (Arts & Leisure), The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Piano Quarterly and Clavier.

Mr. Halim received his master’s of music degree at the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Sascha Gorodnitzki and Rudolf Firkusny. Subsequent study with Vladimir Horowitz was recounted in the Harold C. Schonberg biography of Horowitz in the chapter entitled “Last Pupil,” Horowitz, His life and Music – the chapter is devoted to the extraordinary relationship between mentor and pupil.

Jose Ramos Santana, a native of Puerto Rico, is one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation and an acknowledged master of Spanish music. A graduate of Juilliard School, he has appeared as a guest soloist with major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Detroit Symphony, and many others. Additional solo performances include the Moscow Philharmonic Latin-American tour, Orchestra of L'Hermitage of Saint Petersburg, and the Orquestra de los Reyes in Lima, Peru. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians and conductors such as Krzsztoff Penderecki, John Adams, Vladimir Viardo, among others. He is a member of the piano faculty at The Catholic University of America and teaches at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Puerto Rico International Piano Festival. Mr. Santana joins the Piano Studies as Artist Faculty in Fall 2018.

Yoojung Kim - A student of Nikolai Demidenko and Ruth Nye, Yoojung Kim (“…intensely poetic and dramatic…with a diamond clarity and precision," Sutton Coldfield News) made her debut with the Korean Symphony Orchestra at age eleven. She has since performed with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Chamber Orchestra, North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, and Wiener Mozart Orchestra, among others, and been presented in recital at London's Wigmore Hall, Vienna's Konzerthaus, and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York. Awarded The Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Scholarship for her studies at the Royal College of Music, Yoo Jung Kim received a PhD degree in Piano Performance from NYU Steinhardt.

Manuel Laufer - Manuel Laufer has appeared as recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician in North America, South America, and Europe, at venues including Merkin Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, Bang on a Can, June in Buffalo, and Festival Atempo. As a collaborative pianist he has participated in the Songfest Professional Program, Franz-Schubert-Institut at Baden-bei-Wien, and Orford Arts Centre Summer Academy. Before joining the adjunct faculty at NYU Steinhardt, he served as a collaborative staff pianist at the University of California, Irvine. Manuel is currently adviser to Festival ATEMPO (Caracas and Paris) and Artist Faculty at the Blueridge International Chamber Music Festival (North Vancouver).

Alan Feinberg has forged a remarkable career based on musical exploration. His intelligence, integrity, and affinity for an unusually wide range of repertoire place him among the few artists who are able to build a bridge between the past and the present. Championing music ranging from Bach to Babbitt, Feinberg has a uniquely creative approach to programming. With well over 300 premieres to his credit (by such composers as John Adams, Milton Babbitt, John Harbison, Steve Reich, and Charles Wuorinen) he is well known for recitals that pair old and new music and put a fresh and provocative perspective on both.

Feinberg has toured several times with The Cleveland Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnanyi, first performing Shulamit Ran's Concert Piece (including an appearance in Carnegie Hall). He has also performed the Brahms Second Piano Concerto on tour with The Cleveland Orchestra. A collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra which featured the world premiere of Charles Ives' "Emerson" Concerto (performed also in London at the Proms, Paris, and Amsterdam) was hailed as a major achievement by Ives scholars.

Guest Artist

Zhe Tang is one of the leading pianists and pedagogues of his generation in China. Graduated from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Barry Snyder, Dr. Tang is on the faculty of Shanghai Conservatory of Music and is one of the youngest Professor of Piano in China. He has also been appointed as the Vice Dean of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Director of Teaching and Research for the Piano Department, Chairman of the Piano Department for the Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Chairman of Shanghai Professional Pianists’ Society, and Artistic Director of Shanghai Spring International Piano E-Competition and Artistic Director of Shanghai International Piano Festival & Institute, among others. He is a frequent adjudicator of piano competitions, served on the jury of Gina Bachauer, Bösendorfer, Cleveland, Hilton Head, Mozart and all the major Chinese national competitions. He was given the “Grand Award for Excellence in Teaching” by the Chinese government and was featured on the cover of “Piano Artistry”,the most important piano magazine in China.

Master Class Faculty

Barry Snyder (NYU Steinhardt Artist Faculty)

Jeffrey Swann (NYU Steinhardt Artist Faculty)

Golda Vainberg-Tatz (Manhattan School of Music Precollege Faculty)

The emphasis of the NYU Summer Piano Intensive is on personal, artistic, and technical development. Students receive daily lessons and duo coachings with Artist Faculty, and daytimes are devoted to master classes, practice time, and faculty presentations; evenings and weekends feature additional classes and performance opportunities, as well as visits to galleries, museums, and concert halls.

Students will also be encouraged to explore the intellectual offerings of NYU, one of the premier universities in the world, and meet with admissions officers to learn more about the application process and life as an NYU student.

Minimum age allowed in NYU on-campus housing for a MPAP Summer Program is 15 years old.

  • Housing is not required, students may commute and will not be charged for housing/meal plan. Residential students will be housed in Weinstein Hall.
  • Summer housing application instructions are provided to admitted students only.
Meal Plan
  • Students staying in housing are required to have a meal plan (automatically assigned to student accounts when assigned a room in a residence hall).
  • 10 meals and 30 Dining Dollars per week (if desired, admitted students can increase meal plan)

Move In Date: July 28, 2019
Move Out Date: August 10, 2019

  • Move In for programs will take place on the Sunday before the start of the program. Move Out will be on the Saturday after the last day of the program. Students must check out by 11am.  

Costs and Fees
 US StudentsInternational Students
Application Fee (paid at the end of Acceptd application) $55 $55
Tuition Cost $1,809 $1,809
Housing and Meal Plan (if on-campus) $874 $874
Programming Fee  $80 $80
Health Insurance Not Applicable $355 Comprehensive Plan

Accepted students will confirm their attendance once they have paid the enrollment deposit (detailed instructions provided in acceptance email). Residential students will have successfully registered for housing once they have paid the housing deposit and completed the housing application (sent via email after student confirms their attendance).

$150 Enrollment deposit:
  • Accepted applicants will make an enrollment deposit of $150 in order to confirm their attendance to their NYU MPAP Summer Program. Payment instructions are provided within the initial acceptance email.
$500 Housing deposit:
  • If staying in on-campus housing, students are required to pay a $500 deposit to reserve a space in housing.
  • The housing deposit is a portion of the housing charges, and is NOT a separate or added fee.
  • The housing deposit is applied to any housing charges on your bill. Any excess balance remaining will be applied to tuition fees or refunded to the student.

Please note: Application Fee, Enrollment Deposit and Housing Deposit are not refundable.

Paying the remaining balance

After paying the deposit(s), students are responsible for paying the remaining balance prior to the start of the program. While the remaining tuition may be posted immediately after deposits are made, the remaining housing bills are not sent until 2 weeks prior to the start of the program. Payment by credit card is not accepted by the Bursar's office to pay remaining balances, please contact the Bursars Office directly for questions about payment.

All fees, tuition and housing costs are charged to the students eSuites (online student billing system and personal account) via the NYU Bursars Office. Read instructions on accessing the eSuites account.

For information, see the Summer Finances page.

All communications and admission decisions are provided via email (email account used when application was created).

Many program directors make admission decisions on a rolling basis once a completed application is received. However, applicants can expect to receive a final admissions decision email no later than two weeks after the final application deadline date.

 Check List | Mandatory Health Insurance | Have Questions?

 As an international student, it is in your best interest to apply early! This will allow enough time between being admitted to a program and the start of the program to complete all international applicant steps via the NYU Office of Global Services and obtain the required F1 Student Visa from your countries consulate or embassy.

As such, International students must complete the 2-step 2018 MPAP Summer Programs Application in full by the Priority Application Deadline that correlates with your program of interest or by the Final Application Deadline if your program does not require a Priority Application Deadline.

Note: International student application requirements vary for programs occurring abroad (i.e. programs not on Washington Square Campus)

International Applicant Information

Proof of English Proficiency (Required to Complete Application Step-1)

International students must provide English language proficiency. 

English Language Testing Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you may be asked to show your proficiency by taking one of the following tests (results must be from the last two years):

  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test)
  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
  • PTE Academic (Pearsons Test of English Academic)
  • CAE or CPE (Cambridge English: Advanced of Proficiency)
Who is exempt from English language proficiency testing?

Exemption will be given in the following circumstances:

  • If your native language is English;
  • If you are an applicant from the following country: Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or Singapore;
  • If you have been studying in a school or college/university where the sole language of instruction is English for at least 3 full years at the time of your application; or
  • If your education has been completed entirely in schools/colleges/universities where the language of instruction is English.

*If you are UNABLE to submit your proof of English language using one of the formats listed above, you must email detailing your reason why and be sure to include the name of the program you are applying for.  We will contact you to discuss alternative options.*

I-20/DS-2019 and Visa Information

NYU requires students enrolling in courses (this includes summer students) to be at a ststus that would allow study such as a F-1 or J-1 visa. The NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) can assist you in obtaining an I-20 or DS-2019 to process your F-1 or J-1 visa. Once you have completed a program application, you will receive instructions for submitting the I-20/DS-2019 documentation. Contact OGS with specific visa related questions at You must be enrolled as a full-time student. All MPAP Programs are full-time and zero credit courses. 

* International students are NOT permitted to study on a B-1 (tourist) visa

Please Note: International students currently studying in the US (at NYU or at another academic institution) who currently are in a F-1 or J-1 visa status are not required to submit additional visa documentation in order to enroll in summer courses at NYU. Unless they need to transfer their SEVIS record to NYU.  Please contact OGS directly if this is the case.

International Student Check-In

Upon arrival in the United States, all international students must attend an International Student Check-In with the NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) in order to be in compliance. Prior to the start of your program, you will receive information from OGS about your scheduled check-in date and time.  

Mandatory Health Insurance

  • At NYU, Student Health Insurance is required for F-1 and J-1 students.
  • International students are automatically enrolled in a Summer Term health insurance policy at a flat rate (comprehensive plan), but students have the option to downgrade to the basic policy if eligible.
    • To downgrade your Health Insurance plan, you must  contact the NYU Student Health Center to see if you are eligible. For more information, visit the Student Health Center website.

Have Questions?

If you are in need of further assistance please contact the NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) with specific visa related questions at, and be sure to include that you are applying to one of the "Steinhardt MPAP Summer Programs" and your full name. You can also contact MPAP Summer Programs at or 212 998 5438.

Auditing the 2018 Piano Intensive

Interested students, professionals and the general public who may not qualify for or do not wish to Participate in the 2018 Summer Piano Intensive now have the opportunity to audit the workshop. 

  • On-Campus Housing is NOT provided to Auditors
  • Application and audition NOT required, but auditors must register via the online registraiton form (link below)
  • Auditing Fee: $750 (full two weeks)

Auditors Registration Link:  REGISTER NOW

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