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Pianist Boot Camp: Welcome to Seattle Piano Institute's Summer Session

For some, summer camp activities include canoes, campfires and s'mores...but for some seriously talented young pianists, the Seattle Piano Institute is the true "summer camp" of choice.

"It's piano boot camp," said Robin McCabe, one of the Program's Co-Directors and a U.W. School of Music instructor.

Young pianists from around the globe try out to take part in the Seattle Piano Institute's summer sessions, and only a few are accepted.

“They are super talented. They compete for an audition and we make them send in a video tape," she said. "The bar is high and the quality of the students is high this year. We have a student from Malta, Brazil, Japan, several from China, the U.K. and of course from all over the United States.”

McCabe herself graduated from Juilliard and traveled the world as a professional pianist. Now, as an instructor she's sharing her passion for music with the next generation.

“It's intense - we practice for 7 to 8 hours a day," said Kiwa Mizutani, a student from Japan. "I meet new friends from all over the world. It's really fun."

Micheal Gu didn't have to travel as far to attend the Seattle Piano Institute, he's from Oregon and still in high school.

“I’ve been playing almost nine years now,"said Gu. "I just love making music for others to enjoy. I also compete - it's just a great experience.”

McCabe says her students are incredibly talented and each summer session culminates with a concert open to the public.

For a sneak peek, check out the video above when we popped in one day.






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