We gathered four videos from YouTube highlighting Yuja Wang's incredible technical and musical prowess at the piano. Listen to them here and remember to grab tickets to see her in Portland on MAY 3!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.
We are excited to welcome one of the youngest and the first Asian to win the Leeds International Piano Competition: SUNWOOK KIM. He joins us for two performances JAN 13 & 14 performing Germanic repertoire.
Bach / Busoni: Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13, No. 8 "Pathetique"
Schumann: 4 Nachtstücke, Op. 23 and Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
Schubert: 4 Impromptus, D. 935
Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
LEARN MORE of his artistry and join us for this weekend of concerts just in time to brighten your January blues.
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