About the Festival:                               

Combining quality musical programs with educational opportunities for young and college age pianists, we hope to provide a welcoming platform for all students interested in classical piano to immerse themselves in the art of keyboard playing. The festival will provide an essential role in the development of young musicians—serving as a source of inspiration, knowledge, and simply one of many elements that lead to the growth of the “complete musician.” Below you will find the most current information about the festival.

Festival Director,

Zahari T. Metchkov

 November 14-16, 2014 Calendar of Events

Friday, November 14
Hoag Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Festival Faculty Duo-Piano Concert
Masterworks for solo and duo piano
Zahari Metchkov & Michelle Cann

Saturday, November 15
Hoag Recital Hall, begins at 9:00 a.m.
Young Artist Piano Competition  
Presentation of Awards and Winners Recital TBA

Saturday, November 15
Hoag Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
CSU-P Piano Studio Recital

Sunday, November 16
Hoag Recital Hall, 2:00—6:00 p.m.
Middle/High School Students Masterclass
led by Dr. Zahari Metchkov

Download 2014 Application

INFORMATION AND REGULATIONS FOR PKAF 2014
1/ Applications for all events must be received by: November, 3th, 2014
Applications can be downloaded from: www.zaharimetchkov.com under the PKAF tab.

2/ Entry Fee: Masterclass fee-$30. Young Artist Competition Application fee-$30. Please make checks or money orders payable to CSU-Pueblo. The fee includes the commemorative Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival T-shirt. Students participating both in a Masterclass and the Competition can send a reduced fee of $50 total for both events. Please send your entry fee along with your application.

3/ Dates: The competition will be held on Saturday, November 15th, 2014, starting at 9:00am, in Hoag Recital Hall on the campus of Colorado State University-Pueblo located at 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, CO 81001. The Middle/High school Masterclasses will take place in Hoag Recital Hall on November 16, 2:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. also at Hoag Recital Hall. Please arrive a minimum of 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the class.

4/ Eligibility: The Young Artist Piano Competition and Masterclasses are open to piano students living in or studying with a teacher residing in the State of Colorado.

5/ Divisions: There are three competition divisions:
Elementary Division (Age 5-10)
Junior Division (Age 11-14)
Senior Division (Age 15-18)

6/ Prizes: Winners in each division will receive cash prizes as follows:
Prizes: 1st 2nd 3rd
Elementary: $65 $55 $45
Junior: $100 $75 $55
Senior: $175 $100 $75


7/ Ceremony: Participant’s certificates and division winners will be identified and awarded at the Winner’s Recital which will take place in the afternoon of November 15, 2014, Hoag Recital Hall, at a time to be announced after the application deadline of November 3rd. Participant’s certificates and awards cannot be mailed.

8/ Repertoire: Each participant from each division is required to perform two selections of contrasting style/era by memory (for example: Baroque/Romantic, Romantic/20th century) that best represent their abilities. It is recommended that at least one of the pieces demonstrates technical proficiency.

9/ Scores: Please bring scores for all repertoire performed at the Competition. The scores cannot be photo copied and will be available for return at the registration table during the scheduled brakes for the event.

10/ The Juries’ decisions are final. The Jury reserves the right not to award all prizes at their discretion.

11/ Contact Information:

Competition mailing address:
Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival
Attn: Dr. Zahari Metchkov
2200 Bonforte Blvd.
CSU-Pueblo, Department of Music
Pueblo, CO 81001-4901

Please direct questions regarding the application or rules and regulations to:
Phone 719-549-2370
Fax: 719-549-2969
E-mail: zahari.metchkov@colostate-pueblo.edu