At Musicale, we gather together to celebrate the music of great composers as a part of our Music Festivals. Each festival and competition will focus on one or two composers or styles to discover and explore rich piano repertoire for all ages and levels.

These online streamed festivals include student performances (divided by age-based categories) of the featured composer’s works with awards given, as well as opportunities for teachers to share their own perspective through performance, teaching experiences, and commentary. 

We are also excited to offer our Mini Courses throughout each Music Festival month, which are short classes taught by our amazing faculty and are accessible to everyone. All of our past Mini Courses are still available for purchase by visiting our Mini Courses page by clicking on the button below!

Read below for more information and to learn how you can participate!

Past Festival  content can be found by clicking on the buttons below. 


MAY 2021





Piano Etudes from all time periods are welcome, including Burgmuller, Czerny, Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Stravinsky, Blumenfeld, and many more to modern day Etudes composed by living pedagogue composers. 


May 16th 2021 11:59pm EST


HaeSun Paik

Pianist HaeSun Paik has been hailed as a “sensitive and thinking musician with stunning  virtuosity” (Los Angeles Times), and a “big and individual personality” (New York Times),  whose performances are “a rare example of technique actually serving both idea and feeling,  head and heart” (Musical America). Having won top prizes at international piano competitions  including the Queen Elisabeth, Leeds, William Kapell, and the Tchaikovsky, Ms. Paik has  performed around the world in solo recitals, concerti with orchestra, and as a chamber musician.  

HaeSun Paik has appeared as a soloist under the baton of such conductors as Mikhail Pletnev,  Sir Simon Rattle, Vassily Sinaisky, Dmitri Kitaenko, Stanislav Skrovaczewski, and Myung Whun  Chung. She has performed with the Boston, National, London, KBS, NHK, and City of  Birmingham Symphonies; the Munich, Radio France, Tokyo, Warsaw, and Moscow  Philharmonics; and the Russian National Orchestra among others. 

Ms. Paik has frequently performed in recital venues throughout the U.S. including Carnegie Hall,  Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and Jordan Hall in Boston, as well as in major concert halls  around the globe. She has recently performed all five Beethoven Concerti and the Triple  Concerto with the New York Classical Players, and she has recorded the complete works by  Beethoven for cello and piano with Laurence Lesser which has been released by Bridge Records.  Her debut and subsequent solo recordings can be heard on the EMI label.  

One of the most sought after pedagogical influences in Korea, Ms. Paik was the youngest  pianist of her generation to be appointed as a music professor at Seoul National University.  Recently, she joined the piano faculty at the New England Conservatory after teaching at  Cleveland Institute of Music for several years. She is also an artist-in-residence at the Daegu  Catholic University and served as the Artistic Director of the Busan Music Festival in  Korea. She currently teaches at many summer festivals including Morningside Music Bridge and  PianoSummer at New Paltz. She gives master classes at institutions worldwide and has served  as a juror in many international competitions including the Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU,  the Cleveland, the Gina Bachauer, the Hilton Head, the Honens, and the Seoul (Dong-A)  international piano competitions. Ms. Paik is a recipient of the Korean National Academy of the  Arts’ 2019 Music Award, the nation’s highest honor for Korean musicians. 

Ms. Paik graduated from the New England Conservatory and Walnut Hill School under the guidance of Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun. Her artistic development was further  influenced by her studies at the International Piano Foundation in Lake Como.

Jonathan Bass

American pianist Jonathan Bass appears frequently throughout the United States and around the world as soloist and chamber musician.  Of his 1994 Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall debut, New York Concert Review wrote, “A technical presence to be reckoned with…soaring with a feeling of lyrical discovery.” Bass was awarded First Prize in the 1993 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, the 1984 American National Chopin Competition, the 1989 American Pianists Association Beethoven Fellowship Competition, and the 1983 National Arts Club Competition.  He also received the Bronze Medal and Mozart Prize at the 1987 Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition.  He is a regular presence at Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, and at Tanglewood. His solo and chamber music recording have received high acclaim from Gramophone Magazine. Internationally, he has performed in China, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, and Russia.  A Steinway Artist, he has been featured on many radio programs throughout the United States, including National Public Radio’s ‘Performance Today’.  Bass has performed as concerto solo soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Boston Pops and the North Carolina Symphony.


Collaborative highlights include multiple guest appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and recitals with violinist Joseph Silverstein.  He also partners with his wife, BSO violinist Tatiana Dimitriades, in the Boston Duo.  For more than 20 years, as the pianist and a founding member of the Walden Chamber Players, he performed on a variety of chamber music series and residencies across the United States and Canada.


A graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Adele Marcus and Sasha Gorodnitski. Jonathan Bass holds a Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied with, and was teaching assistant to, Menahem Pressler.  He also studied at the Moscow Conservatory in Russia.  Bass is a Professor of Piano at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he has served on the faculty since 1993.  He also teaches at New England Conservatory in the Preparatory School. His students have won many competition prizes, and he has given numerous master classes throughout the United States and around the world.



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2021 Festival Schedule





All classical style composers and repertoire are welcome, including C. P.E. Bach, Clementi, Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert.


For this special edition festival edition, we would like to celebrate all of your dedication, perseverance and hard work during this past year. Choose one of your most memorable or best performances from the past year and we will celebrate together!

Stay tuned for the rest of our line-up!


All student video performances will be streamed in a group concert on a specific day/time. The streamed videos will be available for students and their families, teachers, and the general public. All students will receive a Certificate of Participation and Excellence.  In addition, you may choose to participate in our exciting Mini Courses that we offer throughout the month (more info can be found above).


If students choose to enter the competitive portion of the festival, they will receive comments from our judges and be put up for consideration for our Prizes (more info below; please read submission requirements carefully). If a student does not opt-in for the competitive portion, their video will still be showcased and will still receive a Certificate of Participation and Excellence. They will not receive comments or be considered for our Prizes. 


$35 for General Participant

$45 for Competition Participant

See above for our Mini Courses fees.


Student submissions will be split into the following age categories : 







Prizes will be awarded for each age group. Awards are judged based on extent of comprehensive musical understanding. 1 student from each age category will be chosen for each prize category. Prize recipients will be highlighted in a prize recipient concert as well as on our website and social media platforms. 


5-7 and 8-11 years old categories:

Two Free Workshops and One Free Recital; must be used within 1 year. 

all other age groups: 

$100 Scholarship towards Masterclass and One Free Recital; must be used within 1 year. 


5-7 and 8-11 years old categories:

One Free Workshop and One Free Recital; must be used within 1 year. 

all other age groups: 

$75 Scholarship towards Masterclass and One Free Recital; must be used within 1 year. 


5-7 and 8-11 years old categories:

One Free Workshop; must be used within 1 year. 

all other age groups: 

$50 Scholarship towards Masterclass and One Free Recital; must be used within 1 year. 


Certificate of Honorable Mention will be awarded.



To participate in our Music Festivals, students must learn a piece by the month's featured composer and submit a horizontally filmed video (payment and submission form can be found at the bottom of this page; click "Pay" to start your form) by the deadline specified for that month's Festival. The video must be made within 6 months of the Festival. 


Fees are as follows:

  • $35 for General Participant

  • $45 for Competition Participant

The submission will be reviewed by the Musicale team and we will reach out with your scheduled festival performance.

We recommend that students and their teacher choose 1 piece that is under a student's performance level so that students will be able to learn the repertoire within a short time period. 


Contestants can submit a single piece, a single movement or two or three short movements from a larger work up to a maximum of 12 minutes


Music Festival Registration (STUDENTS)

Click on the "Pay" button below to begin your application (the payment process is included in the form).


Please make sure to choose the appropriate form. PARTICIPANT means general Festival participation (with no judges comments or consideration for our Prizes) while COMPETITION means you would like to be considered for our Prizes and will receive comments from our judges.

***Note that the date on the sign-up below is for internal purposes only, it is not applicable to you. 



Each Music Festival month, we are excited to offer Mini Courses taught by our world class teachers. These classes are short and accessible to everyone! All classes are in a live virtual format, but if you are unable to attend live we will also send the recording of each Mini Course to everyone who signs up (which will be available for 2 weeks after the live session).


You can purchase access to any of our past Mini Courses as well.