Summer at Cornish

Piano Institute



July 13 –July 18, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Kerry Hall PON, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA


The price of this course is $450.00

This class is full.

If you have any questions, please contact us.


Course Description

The Summer Piano Institute affords high school and college students ages 14-19 an opportunity to experience an intensive and inspiring week of private instruction, masterclasses, workshops, and performances designed to challenge and excite the already talented young artist. Young pianists will benefit especially from this European style piano institute covering piano repertoire from Bach to Messiaen and featuring masterclasses and workshops on: preparing for piano competitions; choosing the right repertoire for your goals; new approaches to the music of J.S. Bach; beyond just the notes: finding your true expressive potential; mastering the art of playing concertos. Additionally, all students will have ample opportunity to interact with, and receive private instruction from Cornish Professor of Piano Peter Mack, D.M.A. The week concludes with a special student recital on Saturday. Friends and family are encouraged to attend.

Who should enroll?

Pianists, ages 14-19, already proficient at an intermediate to advanced level. All participants should come to the classes with at least one piece memorized and ready to perform.

Daily Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding recital performance scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at 11:00am in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.

Audition Requirements

Open for enrollment to intermediate to advanced piano students ages 14-19 without an audition.

Requirements & Availability

  • Ages
    14 - 18
  • Housing
  • Scholarships


Peter Mack

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Peter Mack was born in Ireland, where he had his early training with Frank Heneghan at the Dublin College of Music. Subsequent study was at Trinity College, Dublin, and with Bela Siki at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and at the University of Washington where he earned his doctorate in piano performance.

Mack has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia and the former Soviet Union. He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists and Pacific International Piano Competitions. His prize in the Sherman-Clay competition included a Steinway grand piano. Mack is well known for his extensive repertoire, having performed twenty-five concertos with orchestras. He is equally in demand as a performer, clinician, convention artist, and teacher, and his pupils are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions.

Ivona Kaminska-Bowlby

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Since her arrival in 2002, Dr. Ivona Kaminska established herself as one of the most sought after artist teachers in the Northwest. Frequent winners of top prizes in festivals and competitions and performing in Carnegie Hall and the Salle Cortot in Paris, her students praise her unprecedented devotion, sense of humor, and support. Prior to settling in Seattle, Dr. Kaminska was awarded advanced degrees from top schools of three different countries, including a Master in Arts from Chopin University in Poland, a Doctorate from the University of British Columbia, Canada, among others. Having performed in such prestigious halls as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall (NYC), Salle Cortot (Paris, France), Atherton Hall (Honolulu), the Castello Visconteo Sforzesco di Galiate (Italy), and Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Dr. Kaminska also serves as a juror in local and international competitions, including the Thalberg International Piano Competition in Naples, Italy. Her main areas of interest and expertise are the music of Bach, Chopin, and Schumann. Aside from her busy teaching and performing career, Dr. Kaminska is the president of the Seattle International Piano Competition and Artistic and founding director of the Chopin Academy of Music in Issaquah, Washington.