This past weekend we had the pleasure of seeing twin sister pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton perform a mix of piano music for four hands and two pianos from the classical to the modern eras. As was the case with Yekwon Sunwoo, these two concerts provided a much appreciated break from the woes of the world, giving us a chance to take some time to refresh and renew through the magic of live music.Read More
The deadline to apply to be a Tholen Fellow is quickly approaching. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 22, 2017. The 2018 Tholen Fellows will be chosen among piano teachers from the Central and North Coast regions of Oregon. Sessions will begin in early to mid-January 2018.Read More
We are very excited to have duo pianists Christina & Michelle Naughton on our SOLO Piano Series, DEC 2 & 3, 2017. As we gear up for these performances, we wanted to showcase some of their incredible symbiotic musicianship - playing two pianos and yet speaking with one voice. View our collection of favorite Naughton videos!Read More
International Piano is a magazine for piano music lovers across the globe. In the most current issue, International Piano celebrates the 40th anniversary season of Portland PIano International / SOLO.Read More
This past weekend brought the start of the 2017/18 SOLO Series presented by Portland Piano International, and we were thrilled to welcome Cliburn Gold winner Yekwon Sunwoo to the Lincoln Hall stage for two incredible performances. It was a privilege – and a relief – to take a break from the current state of the world, having a chance to replenish the mind and soul with beautiful music.
On Saturday the crowd filtered in and prepared themselves for what would be a glorious first half of the recital dedicated to Schubert’s Sonata in C minor. Yekwon is vocal about his love of Schubert’s music: “Whenever I hear his music, even when it’s a happy tune, still there is sadness, and something like that stays in your heart a long time. For that reason I really love Schubert.” This was completely evident in his playing.
After the exquisitely played first movement, the man behind me uttered in a whisper, “WOW….” as if he could not contain his awe at what he had just heard.Read More