When the Stage Lights Brighten and the Grand Piano Glistens

Just imagine the first time you saw the hall lights dim, the stage lights brighten, and the grand piano glisten—just waiting to be played by an artist who cuts directly to your soul. That first note, chord, or phrase that leaves you breathless…this is the moment we live for. This is the moment that takes normal life and elevates it to extraordinary. New sound worlds, new feelings—perhaps they are just familiar and comforting. 

Great artists take us from normality and catapult us to the extraordinary. Great artists playing great art is what we present at every single concert. We find the most compelling pianists in the world today, fly them to Portland, so you can experience their great art. This is true curation—artists coming from Russia, Israel, Hong Kong, Uzbekistan, England, and Canada.

So we thought you should have a preview of these pianists and a fascinating snippet into their lives.

 Olga Kern

Olga Kern

Watch Olga Kern speak about her family’s direct connection to Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. It’s a special story told in her own words at Steinway Hall.

 
 Boris Giltburg

Boris Giltburg

“The seagulls and the sea”—Rachmaninoff’s title of the second piece in his Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 139. Listen as Boris Giltburg recreates the magic of the ocean and the birds darting around the sky.

 
 Rachel Cheung

Rachel Cheung

Reaching perfection in art is so hard, but creating “genuine sincereity” is most important. Rachel Cheung discusses this and more in a short interview while she competed at last year’s Cliburn competition, where she took the Audience Award and became a finalist.

 
 Behzod Abduraimov and Stanislav Ioudenitch

Behzod Abduraimov and Stanislav Ioudenitch

This breathtaking performance with Behzod Abduraimov performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 shows you just how highly developed his artistry is at only 27 years old. 

Behzod Abduraimov plays Portland: JAN 26 / 27 

Cliburn winner Stanislav Ioudenitch joins Behzod on JAN 27 for Arensky's Suite for Two Pianos, No. 1, Op. 15.

 
Benjamin Grosvenor

The British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor performs twice at this year’s BBC Proms in London. He’s known to be the youngest British musician ever to sign with Decca Classics.

 
 Angela Hewitt

Angela Hewitt

Everyone knows Angela Hewitt, so she hardly needs an introduction. She just celebrated her 60th birthday playing a solo Wigmore Hall concert followed by a dinner party for 60 guests—such a special way to commemorate this milestone!