IPPA Concerto and Chamber Festival

Perform with the Grammy-nominated St.Petersburg String Quartet

Are you a pianist eager to share your talent in a piano concerto and chamber performance on a professional stage? 
We offer an exciting opportunity with experienced musicians, where you can experience true collaboration through real-time rehearsals, all in preparation for a high-quality concert alongside a professional String Quartet.

Date: January 4th to 7th, 2024
Application Deadline: December 10th, 2023
Location: University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS United States


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“Unassailable technique and intonation . . an astonishingly calibrated range of voicings and dynamics . . . sinew, luscious tonal blend and phrasing that surged with ardor . . . breathtaking assurance and laugh-out-loud wit.” – Washington Post
Learn more about St. Petersburg String Quartet

The Grammy nominated St. Petersburg Quartet has enjoyed an illustrious international career as one of the world’s most esteemed string quartets. Considered the “natural successor to the Borodin [Quartet’s] crown” (The Sunday Times), their rise to fame includes “Best Record” honors in Stereo Review and Gramophone, an opening night performance at the Mostly Mozart festival of Lincoln Center, a five-year residency at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a five-year residency at the Wichita State University, and hundreds of concerts throughout North America, Europe, and Asia at prestigious series and festivals.

Highlights of recent seasons include performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Library of Congress; appearances at festivals such as Music Mountain, Rockport, and Mainly Mozart in San Diego; and collaborations with pianists Leon Fleisher, Ruth Laredo, Misha Dichter, Anton Nel, and violist Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet.

The quartet has toured Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Israel, Ireland and the U.K. , where Tchaikovsky Piano Competition winner Peter Donahoe called their collaboration “some of the most sublime moments of chamber-music making I have ever experienced.” During European tours the quartet performed at venues such as Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London Wigmore Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Dublin National Hall, Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Grand Hall.

Founded in 1985 as the Leningrad String Quartet, the quartet blazed a trail through chamber music circles, winning a number of notable international competitions including 1st Prize at the All-Soviet Union String Quartet Competition, Silver Medal and Special Prize at the Tokyo International Chamber Music Competition, 1st Prize and both Special Prizes at the Vittorio Gui International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Florence, Italy, and First Prize and the “Grand Prix Musica Viva” at the Melbourne, Australia International Chamber Music Competition. When the city of Leningrad resumed its historic name, the quartet changed its name to the St. Petersburg String Quartet.

In 2009 the quartet launched the St. Petersburg International Music Academy (now called Leopold Auer Music Festival), an intensive summer program for students, operating in various campuses and festivals in the USA and Mexico.

After a hiatus from the stage during the COVID pandemic, the quartet relaunched in 2022 with two new members (Ned Kellenberger and Sascha Groschang), alongside Boris Vayner (member since 2005), and founding member Alla Aranovskaya.


Application Fee: $100
Festival Tuition: $1188
Program Includes:

  • Two 45 minute Rehearsal and Coaching Sessions with St.Petersburg String Quartet
  • One dress rehearsal
  • One 60 minute piano coaching session
  • Perform in Chamber Music Concert
  • All concerts will be officially promoted on social media platforms
  • You will receive a professional performance video recording

Repertoire Choice:

J.S Bach:
Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056 
Keyboard concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058

C.P.E Bach:
Keyboard Concerto Wq. 23 in D minor

Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K 413
Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K 414
Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K 415
Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, K 449
Piano Concerto No.17 in  G Major, K453 
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K 466
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K 488

J. Haydn 
Piano Concerto in D major Hob. XVIII:11

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Piano Concerto No.5 in Eb Major, Op.73

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op.11 
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Piano Concerto No.1 in g Minor, Op.25 

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Application Fee: $80
Festival Tuition: $688
Program Includes:

  • Two 45 minute Rehearsal and Coaching Sessions with St.Petersburg String Quartet
  • One dress rehearsal
  • Chamber Music Workshop
  • Perform in Chamber Music Concert
  • All concerts will be officially promoted on social media platforms
  • Will receive professional performance video recording

Repertoire Choice: 
Piano, violin, cello

  1. Mendelssohn, Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, op. 49
  2. Brahms, Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, op. 8
  3. Shostakovich, Piano Trio No.2 in E Minor, op. 67

Piano, violin, viola

  1. A. Mozart, Piano Trio “Kegelstatt”, K. 498
  2. Bruch, 8 Pieces for Clarinet (Violin), Viola, and Piano, op. 83

Piano, violin, viola, cello

  1. A. Mozart, Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478
  2. A. Mozart, Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493
  3. Schumann, Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 47
  4. Brahms. Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, op. 25

Piano. 2 violins, viola, cello

  1. Schumann, Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 44
  2. Brahms, Piano Quintet in F Minor, op. 34
  3. Dvorak, Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, op. 81
  4. Shostakovich, Piano Quintet in G minor, op. 57

Festival Schedule
January 4th,  2024  Registration and Rehearsals
January 5th -7th, 2024   Chamber Coach and Rehearsals
January 6th, 2024    Faculty Chamber Concert
January 7th, 2024    3:00pm-4:30pm  Chamber Music Concert
                                    7:00pm-8:30pm  Piano Concerto Concert


Application requirements: 

1 Applicants must be older than 10 years old and at the advance level.. 

2 Submit a 10-minute piano solo repertoire recording of free choice

4 Submit a recording of the piano segment from the selected repertoire.  This segment can either be a single movement from a piano concerto or a chosen movement from a chamber music piece.

General Information: 

1, All applicants must complete an online application and submit the application fee.
2, For Piano Concerto Program, choose one movement from the repertoire list, with a length not exceeding 15 mins.  
3, For Chamber Music Program, choose one or two movements from the repertoire list, with a total length not exceeding 10 minutes.
4, Open practice rooms in Murphy Hall are available for all participants.
5, Repertoire choices for concerts must be finalized by December 15th, 2023.
6, Acknowledgment will be sent upon receipt of the completed application form and registration fee. Incomplete fields will prevent submission.
7, IPPA team will provide invitation letters for visa applications if needed.
8, Visa application and travel responsibilities are the applicant’s own.
9, All selected pianists will receive a festival diploma.
10, Applicants will be notified of their application status within 14 days.
11, Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and meals.
12, IPPA team will offer accommodation recommendations in due course.
15, The $300 deposit should be paid within 7 days of your application being accepted. The deposit is non-refundable. The full tuition will be due by December 18th, 2023 


Questions: Please feel free to reach out support@ippa.cc


Special thanks to University of Kansas School of Music, and St. Petersburg String Quartet for the support and collaboration! 




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