Olga Kern—one of the top female pianists in the world today—landed on the international stage after her historic gold medal win at the 2001 Cliburn Competition. It was the first time in 30 years that a female won that auspicious prize. Now about 17 years later, she has an infectious energy that inspires everyone who hears her perform. Not only has she made her flash in the sky years ago, but maintained it at an international scale. This is no small feat.Read More
Beethoven and his intellectual ideals have long been the subject of great discussion. Perhaps it’s his emotional intelligence manifest through his epitome of cerebral crafting. Or is it his sheer moments of inexplicable joy contrasted with dark brooding that seems to enrapture anyone who listens?Read More
Portland Piano International / SOLO presents three public hour-long performances by Rising Star pianist Sophiko Simsive. In addition to other pieces, Sophiko's program includes a new work by Oregon composer Kenji Bunch, entitled La Discothèque, a piece inspired by Ravel’s La Valse. Kenji’s piece was composed through the Portland Piano International / SOLO Commissioning Project and performed in cooperation with its already-established Rising Stars program. The composer will be present at most of the performances.Read More
Some of the best moments in the piano repertoire are the finales. Watch this collection of Yuja Wang's dynamic endings in seven different works.Read More
Piano Day 2018 was a great success featuring 70+ pianists and raising over $17,000 for Portland Piano International! Many thanks to everyone who performed and attended. It's because of YOU Piano Day is thriving. Portland has joined the worldwide celebration of the 88th day of the year and we are proud to host it.Read More
Piano Day is March 29 and we're celebrating our beloved instrument with our favorite repertoire around the city! Did you know last year we put a piano in the Washington Park MAX Station (260 feet below ground)? Several pianists performed on it as the train zipped in and out. It was such a unique experience that even the most entrenched classical music fan probably thought this was brilliant. Watch the video to see the fun!Read More
Listen to our upcoming SOLO star Dénes Várjon play Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178. Attend his concert on March 25 to hear this incredible work performed live. Also join us on March 24 as Dénes will perform Bartok, one of his specialties. View the full program for both March 24 & 25 concerts and see why critics are ecstatic.Read More
We're excited to feature Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon on March 24 & 25! His sensational technique, deep musicality, wide range of interest have made him one of the most exciting and highly regarded participants of international musical life. He is a universal musician: excellent soloist, first-class chamber musician, artistic leader of festivals, and highly sought–after piano pedagogue.Read More
Our Rising Star Isata Kanneh-Mason recently gave a several performances in Portland and inspired so many children in particular. Katherine Schultz, a brilliant cellist and teacher, attended and recounted this incredible reaction from a child who heard Isata perform.Read More
We're proud to announce the second annual Piano Day in Portland where we're celebrating our beloved instrument! On the 88th day of the year, perform several minutes of your favorite repertoire at venues across the city. Sign up now!Read More
On January 13 & 14, Portland welcomed Korean pianist Sunwook Kim to town to play two recitals showcasing some of the best solo piano works of the Romantic era. To be honest, this repertoire is some of the least unfamiliar for me, as someone who devoted their musical life mostly to music between 1400 and 1750. But knowing the caliber of the musicians on Portland Piano International’s SOLO series, I had no doubt that I would be hearing something extraordinary. Spoiler: I was right.Read More
Our next SOLO Piano Series star Lukáš Vondráček joins us for two Eastern Europe-inspired programs featuring composers who were from or influenced by that region: Smetana, Novák, Suk, Chopin, Brahms, Beethoven, and Scriabin.Read More
Our next Rising Star performances are almost here featuring Isata Kanneh-Mason! The dynamic London-based pianist plays three performances around Portland JAN 25-27, 2018.
Coming from a family of seven children, this 21-year old is a breakout star! She also collaborates with her similarly talented siblings. We thought you should listen to her BBC Young Musician recording playing Chopin's Nocturne in D-flat Major Op. 27, No. 2.
We are thrilled to welcome Sunwook Kim to our stage this weekend, JAN 13 & 14. While you have heard so much about him leading up to these concerts, we wanted to highlight two of his recordings this week playing Unsuk Chin's Piano Concerto and Mozart's Eight Variations in A Major, K. 460.Read More
Highly-acclaimed pianist Sunwook Kim joins us in Portland this month for back-to-back performances of Germanic repertoire including Bach, Beethoven, and Schumann. Get ready for his appearance by listening to his new recording of Brahms' Piano Concertos (Nos. 1 and 2) with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.Read More
If you have visited a museum in Oregon, attended an arts performance, tuned into public radio, or appreciated the preservation of our state’s history, it’s likely that you’ve benefited from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
The Cultural Trust was created by the state legislature in 2002 to fund culture in the state into perpetuity. Currently, more than 1,400 nonprofits, including Portland Piano International, are eligible to receive funds from the Cultural Trust.