Hailed by reviewers as "a colossal musical mind" with a "transcendent technique", Jonathan Plowright is "one of the finest living pianists" according to Gramophone magazine. Gold Medalist at the Royal Academy of Music, a Fulbright Scholar, and prizewinner in many competitions, Mr. Plowright also won the Gold Medal at the Royal Overseas League Competition as well as first prize at the European Piano Competition. Critics, colleagues and audiences alike have since had unanimous praise for his many national and international performances and he has been in demand all over the world as recitalist, appeared with leading orchestras and ensembles and given numerous radio broadcasts. He has a hugely successful string of recordings on the Hyperion, BIS and Warner labels all of which have been enthusiastically received with outstanding reviews in the worldwide media.Read More
Since the fall, Portland Piano International has been promoting a one-of-a-kind trip to Italy. The primary purpose of our excursion was to experience the renowned Trasimeno Music Festival, curated by founder and artistic director Angela Hewitt. But first, we had three days in and around Venice. The highlight of that portion of the trip was a private tour of the Fazioli Factory in the small city of Sacile.
We were greeted by founder Paolo Fazioli along with his son, Luca, and his colleague, Elena. Luca led us through an amazing 2-hour tour of the factory.
It is immediately clear why these pianos are so special. The process is meticulous and each person in the factory is an artisan! Once the initial curing of the wood takes place, it takes another 2-1/2 years to complete one piano. The total number of pianos created per year is only 140.
We were, of course, not able to take photos in the factory, but we were able to view every step of the process - from the glueing of multiple layers of mahogany and maple to create the two cases … to the building of the interior structure … to the creation and shaping of the spruce soundboard … to the joining of the iron frame to the soundboard … to the final finishes, stringing and installation of the keyboard action. The amount of work and care is truly amazing and the factory is spacious, light and surprisingly pristine.
The end of our visit was capped by an inspiring performance in the beautiful Fazioli concert hall by Jonathan Ferrucci, our Rising Star from this past April and a past performer at the Trasimeno Music Festival. Jonathan is a native of Florence, but is currently living in London. His private performance for us included beautiful interpretations of works by Bach, Bartok, and Chopin.
Some of our group was able to visit the Venice Biennale, one of the most celebrated art exhibitions in the world. This year the Biennale began on May 11 and it continues until November 24. With the temperature above 100, random cool spaces were welcomed, and the Biennale is clearly an entrenched part of the Venice culture. The ancient and modern coexist connected by the sea, the canals and the food!
Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, Imogen Cooper is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism. Imogen has a widespread international career and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Budapest Festival, NHK and London Symphony Orchestras.Read More
Pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century with their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos. Described as “the most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “rock stars of the classical music world” (Miami Herald), and “the very model of complete 21st-century musicians” (The Washington Post), the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world.Read More
Known for his “impressive technique and nuanced sensitivity” (Huffington Post), Korean pianist Dasol Kim is a sought-after concerto soloist who has appeared with the New York Philharmonic in Seoul, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Berlin Chamber Orchestra, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony, Concerto Budapest, Belgium National Orchestra, and Korea’s KBS Symphony Orchestra, among others.Read More
Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence, and consummate artistry. Called “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” (The New York Times), he is the recipient of both a prestigious 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s 2015 Martin E. Segal Award, which recognizes “young artists of exceptional accomplishment.” He was recently named the new Music Director of the La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest, beginning in 2019.Read More
Portland Piano International’s 2018-19 season ended with the return of Angela Hewitt to the Lincoln Hall stage, a much-anticipated event for many in Portland. She is much beloved by this city – and she loves us back – and Portland responded to her arrival with a full house. Her recitals were on the evening of Friday, May 3 and the afternoon of Sunday, May 5, with programs dedicated entirely to the music of JS Bach; Angela is considered one of the most prominent Bach interpreters on the piano.Read More
Like any well-educated and renowned pianist, Angela Hewitt wants to share her expertise with other musicians. With many years of professional experience, Angela provided a range of antidotes for these students at Hong Kong University in 2018.Read More
Angela Hewitt is a leading Bach interpreter, performing his works all over the world. But like any renowned pianist, she performs so much more, including many of the classical music masters.Read More
The music of J.S. Bach is transformative and hearing one of the foremost interpreters of his music is an immense delight. Angela Hewitt takes Bach and places his work with exuberant prowess that is so difficult to do, yet she accomplishes effortlessly.Read More
SOLO / Portland Piano International is proud to announce the 42nd season of its SOLO Piano Series. Marc-André Hamelin, this year’s curator, has selected six artists, each of whom will perform two completely different programs over two consecutive days.Read More
Rising Star Jonathan Ferrucci performed powerful, breathtaking pieces during his Wigmore Hall concert, as part of the Young Classical Artists Trust event, which is considered an excellent destination point for emerging talent.Read More
Italian-Australian pianist Jonathan Ferrucci is Portland Piano International / SOLO’s next Rising Star, set to perform April 13, 14, and 20.Read More
Piano Day 2019 is fast approaching, happening around the world this Friday, March 29! With that in mind, we have just 14% space left to sign up to perform in and around Portland!Read More
Have you considered signing up for Piano Day, but not sure what to play during your time?
Sometimes the decision can be overwhelming, especially with the breadth of options. If you don’t already have a number of pieces in your musical toolbox for emergencies (such as when someone asks you to “play something” when they learn you are a musician), here are five relatively easy, but equally impressive pieces.
Try some of these out for our Piano Day on March 29. Sign up now!Read More
Whether you are a professional or an amateur, the love for the piano runs deep. There is a special connection and camaraderie among pianists, from Bach and Beethoven to the neighbor down the street.Read More
Portland Piano International has organized an ultimate two-week visit to Italy that will delight anyone who loves the piano, fine food, the good life, and all things Italian! This trip coincides with the Trasimeno Music Festival, created and directed by renowned pianist Angela Hewitt.Read More
This year, Portland Piano International / SOLO celebrates Piano Day on March 29. Piano Day happens on the 88th day of the year because the modern piano has 88 keys. Last year 70+ individuals performed 1,590 minutes of music on Piano Day and helped raise more than $20,000. The hope is to surpass this milestone of persons, minutes and donations.Read More