Toy Piano Festival

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Festival director Scott Paulson and his toy piano colleagues create a performance that will amuse listeners of all ages. 

This popular festival, now in its 19th year, is a special collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and the San Diego Public Library. 

Since 2000, the UC San Diego Library has hosted the Toy Piano Festival every September, to pay homage to the September 5 birthday of John Cage, the first composer to write a serious work for toy pianos.


The toy piano collection at Geisel Library consists of commissioned scores, literature and recordings, and actual toy pianos, ranging from simple four-note novelty keyboards to three-octave baby grands. A selection of toy piano scores and instruments will be on stage at the San Diego Public Library event.