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Reinhardt Piano Festival and Academy

June 4-9, 2018 at Reinhardt University in Waleska, GA

Learn from experienced instructors in state-of-the-art facilities at Reinhardt’s prestigious School of Performing Arts.

Housing available on the Reinhardt University campus.

Concerts by our world-class RPFA faculty members and guest artists

Applications will open in early 2018!

Festival Level

Open to intermediate- to advanced-level pianists of high school age

  • Four one-hour private piano lessons with Festival Faculty
  • Performance opportunities
  • Masterclass with Reinhardt Artist-in-Residence, Dr. Alexander Wasserman
  • Daily classes on a variety of topics such as sight-reading, improvisation, etc…
  • Free attendance to all evening concerts

Academy Level

Open to advanced-level pianists of high school age

  • Four one-hour private piano lessons with Academy faculty
  • Performance opportunities, including a final marathon recitalParticipation in a piano duo/duet competition - the winner of which will perform with one of our guest artists on an RPFA faculty recital
  • Masterclass with Academy Guest Artist
  • Free attendance to all evening concerts

Reinhardt School of Performing Arts Faculty

Dr. Alexander Wasserman

Dr. Alexander Wasserman

Academy Faculty


Diliana Slavova

Diliana Slavova

Festival Faculty


Dr. Conklin

Dr. Mason Conklin

Festival Faculty


2017 Featured Guest Artists

Dr. Grace Fong

Dr. Grace Fong is a prize-winning pianist with an international career as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Praised as "positively magical" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), and "immediately a revelation" (Arizona Central), American pianist Fong has gained critical acclaim in the U.S., Canada, Europe, United Arab Emirates and Asia, and she has been featured at major venues from New York’s Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center and LA’s Hollywood Bowl and Disney Hall, to the Liszt Academy in Budapest. She won one of America's most prestigious piano awards, the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship of the American Pianists Association. She also won the Grand Prize in piano from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, thus earning the title of "Presidential Scholar in the Arts", and she received a medallion from former President Clinton at the White House. She is currently the Director of Keyboard Studies at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University. For information, please visit


Zsolt Bognar

The German press described Zsolt Bognár’s sold-out 2012 Berlin Debut at the Young Euro Classic Festival at the Konzerthaus in Gendarmenmarkt as “intellectually shaped, powerful and of crystalline precision.” His performances in America, Europe and Asia have been described by European critics as “overwhelmingly visceral…a phenomenal sound world realized through maximum palette.” Following debut performances in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Munich, Brussels, Vienna and Tokyo, Bognár released a much-lauded first CD album of works by Schubert and Liszt in 2013. His musical collaborations and diverse projects, including a a week of study with Martha Argerich supported by an International Festival Society Grant, also feature international speaking engagements, publications, and residencies in performance series and universities.


Frank Huang

Frank Huang is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Previously, he served as a faculty member at The College of Wooster and The Cleveland Institute of Music. Described by New York Concert Review as a “thoughtful and accomplished performer” and that his playing was “impressive for its maturity and refinement,” Mr. Huang has gained international recognition for his artistry and technical command. Others have also acknowledged his talents, as the Chopin Foundation of the United States, Northwest Chapter has commented that “Huang plays with authority and panache” while El Comerico of Lima, Peru praised his interpretation of Mozart’s Piano Concerto, K.482 “with the utmost sensitivity.” Mr. Huang’s performances have led him throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Huang holds degrees from The Juilliard School and The Cleveland Institute of Music. His primary teachers include Willard Schultz, Julian Martin, and Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Huang’s recordings can be found on the Centaur Records and Nimbus Alliance labels. For more information, please visit


Clara Yang

“A first-rate pianist who isn’t afraid of challenges,” (Fanfare) Chinese-American pianist Clara Yang is currently Associate Professor of Piano at UNC-Chapel Hill.  She has performed in notable venues and major conservatories/universities throughout the United States and in London, Barcelona, Moscow, Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney, and Bergen.  She has performed as a soloist with renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Grant Llewellyn, Jeff Tyzik, and Carl St. Clair.  She has performed numerous concerts as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony. Her solo album Folding Time (Albany Records, July 2015) won Global Music Awards Gold Medal. Her recordings have received highly positive reviews from major publications such as Fanfare, American Record Guide, New York Arts, and Chicago Reader. In the current season, she will perform a world premiere of Chen Yi’s piano concerto with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and a U.S. premiere of the work in the Carolina Performing Arts series. She will also perform Philip Glass etudes along with the composer himself and other renowned artists in the Glass at 80 festival.


Dr. Michael Finlay

Dr. Michael Finlay is an accomplished pianist and teacher who has performed all over North America. His former students have gone on to such prestigious music schools as Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Montréal. He has twice been listed as a Gold Medal Teacher by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.  He specializes in injury prevention and piano technique, a subject on which he has given lectures all around the country. Dr. Finlay holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master’s from the Peabody Institute, and a Doctorate from the University of Montreal.


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