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What is Piano Day?


In 2017, Portland Piano International (SOLO) presented its first Piano Day event to celebrate the 88th day of the year, March 29, 2017 - an official day that had never before been celebrated in the United States!

Four years ago, German pianist Nils Frahm declared the 88th day of each year to be "Piano Day," a special day to celebrate the piano. The 88th day of the year was chosen because the modern piano (usually) has 88 keys. In 2016, there were more than 20 events held across the globe, from Japan, Australia, Russia, Slovenia, Germany, The Netherlands, Israel, Lithuania, France, the UK and Canada.


How does Piano Day work in Portland?


On March 29, there will be seven locations in the Portland Metro area where you can hear the piano played by local pianists of all ages on some of the region’s best pianos. The choice of music is up to the performer and there are no restrictions on what can be played. The events are free to the public, but each performer raises funds from the community with a minimum goal of $10 per minute played. A robust software platform is  in place to help manage the peer-to-peer fundraising process. The funds raised are used to support the educational programs of Portland Piano International. 


Why do performers participate in Piano Day?


Play a fabulous piano. This is a chance to play on some great pianos in the Portland metro area.

We're making history. Each time we do this, we are joining pianists around the world celebrating the piano! 

Play on a world stage.  Performances are streamed live and are watched around the globe.  

Get swag. After the performances, the participants receive a special commemorative pin and a certificate of participation. They also get their choice of two free tickets to an upcoming Portland Piano International performance (pending availability)!

Help a great nonprofit. Since 1978, Portland Piano International has been bringing some of the best pianists to Portland and providing educational opportunities to teachers, students and the general public through master classes, a summer festival, professional development in rural Oregon, commissioning new works for solo piano, etc.

In 2017 we partnered with Trimet to bring a piano 260 feet underground for our inaugural Piano Day!

Where we will be on PIANO DAY 2019!

Portland City Hall: 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204 Performers will be found on the ground floor atrium. Enter on 4th Avenue to access the space.

OMSI: 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, Oregon 9721  Performers will be found on the ground floor past the reception area near the Robot Exhibit. Note: Parking at OMSI is $5.

OHSU: Center for Health & Healing, 3303 SW Bond Ave, Portland, Oregon 97239  Performers will be found at the Center for Health & Healing, located near the bottom of the Tram. 

OHSU: Hospital, Performers will be found in the lobby of the 9th floor in the Hospital building at the top of the Tram.

Legacy Emanuel: 501 N Graham Street, Portland, Oregon 97227  Performers will be found in the Atrium, located near the entry to 501 N Graham. Parking is located across Graham Street in the visitor lot.

Providence St. Vincent Hospital: 9115 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225
 Performers will be found in the East Pavilion in the main floor lobby.

Title Wave Used Bookstore of Multnomah County Library: 216 NE Knott Street, Portland, OR 97212 Performers will be in the main room of the bookstore, which sells de-accessioned books from the Library. It’s one of Portland’s treasures! 



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