Founder and Artistic Director
Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA) was founded in 2013 by concert pianist Ching-Yun Hu to help young artists achieve their dreams of becoming professional pianists. Over the last decade, PYPA has developed into one of the most unique and highly sought organization, presenting the annual PYPA Summer Piano Festival. For the first five years, the festival took place at the Curtis Institute of Music, and since 2018, it has been in residence at the historic Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.
Each summer, the PYPA Piano Festival offers a nine-day intensive program of master classes, public concerts and audience forums, featuring internationally celebrated pianists. The accompanying guest lecture series led by music industry executives offers insight to students and the international music community.
Young artists chosen for this highly selective program have gone on to study at major music conservatories across the world. Many alumni have won competition prizes in major piano competitions, including Tchaikovsky, National Chopin Foundation, Honens, e-Piano, Ettlingen International Piano Competitions, amongst others.
The PYPA Piano Festival also presents the annual Philadelphia International Piano Competition.