International Summer Piano Academy Disentis aims to discover, to support and to promote young outstanding international pianists. They get an opportunity to develop their skills, to work on the repertoire and to extend the results onto the concert stage.
ISPA Disentis will take place from July 24th till August 7th, 2022 at the Disentis Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in the Canton of Graubünden, eastern Switzerland. The course brings together young pianists with professors, musicologists and leading journalists of the modern piano world. In the period of two weeks, the participants will get regular tuition, attend lectures, seminars and workshops; they will perform in house concerts and public concerts. Some of the students will be recommended for participation in the concert series «Musik an der ETHZ und UZH» in Zurich; most advanced students will also be able to receive financial support from our sponsors for their further education.
Founded in the 8th century, Disentis Monastery is today the spiritual and educational center of the Upper Rhine Valley (Vorderrheintal). The location of the Abbey provides not only with a very special and inspiring work frame for the course, but also gives the necessary background for both relaxation and concentration.

Young pianists aged 15-35 presently studying or graduates of a music institution who wish to deepen their understanding of music and performing arts, to enlarge their knowledge of the process of music making and to widen their artistic horizons, those who have in view to make music their profession are welcome to take part in the work of the International Piano Summer Academy.
Applications are possible for the whole period only.
Applicants should fill in the application form and must provide:

  • a letter of recommendation from their teacher or another professional musician;
  • video recording or YouTube link or similar
    (not required from former Academy students);
  • the repertoire they desire to work on during the course (at least three different concert pieces).
  • application fee of CHF 100.- payable to «Musical Discovery» via electronic transfer. The fee is exclusive of the course costs and is not refundable.
  • Application deadline: June 24th 2022
  • Student: CHF 2’500.-
    Incl. 5 hours private tuition, 14 days accommodation (single room), full board, free admission to all Academy’ activities, such as concerts and lectures; participation in concerts, practicing facilities.
  • Listener (2 weeks) CHF 1’700.-
    Incl. 14 days accommodation (single room), full board, free admission to all Academy’s activities, such as concerts and lectures.
  • Listener (1 week) CHF 850.-
    Incl. 7 days accommodation (single room), full board, free admission to all Academy’s activities, such as concerts and lectures.
  • Listener (1 day) CHF 30.-
    admission to the lessons, lectures and concerts of the day
  • The course fee must be paid within four weeks after the receipt of the letter of acceptance.

German, French, English, Italian, Russian.
Working knowledge of one of these languages is required.

International Summer Piano Academy provides all students with accommodation (single room) and full board during the entire period of their staying at the Abbey. Every student receives five one-hour individual lessons. Pianos are available for practicing. House concerts and public concerts will feature most advanced students. Participation in concerts is encouraged, though is not obligatory.
The students have free access to all activities of the course including other professor’s lessons, lections, seminars, to all house and public concerts, and to all sport facilities (hiking, tennis, badminton and ping-pong).
The Abbey can accommodate members of the participant’s family for a period chosen: a subject of early booking; special charges apply.

The Academy welcomes everybody who is wishing to participate in its work as a listener. Listeners enjoy the same privileges as students; however, they do not receive private tuition. For further details, please, see section Costs.

Participants should arrange their travel to Disentis so that they are available at 15 hrs on July 24, departure – at 10hrs on August 7, 2022. The nearest airport: Zurich; further by train as follows: Zurich – Chur – Disentis; by car: Zurich – Chur – Disentis. For further details, please, consult your travel agent or

Travel costs and obligatory health insurance are exclusive of the course costs. 

after June 24, 2022: half of the fee will be refunded.
Cancellation after July 7, 2022: paid fee will not be refunded.

International Summer Piano Academy Disentis, c/o «Musical Discovery»

Wiesliacher 40 – 8053 Zurich – Switzerland

Tel.: +41 (0) 44 422 20 71


Konto-Nr.: 269-803481.41D
IBAN: CH27 0026 9269 8034 8141 D
Address: UBS AG, 8098 Zürich, Switzerland