On SUN / JAN 27, Behzod Abduraimov will team up with his former teacher, Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch for a performance on two pianos. An Uzbekistani-born American pianist, Stanislav has studied and performed all over Europe, the United States and Asia, as well as collaborated with top musicians and conductors.Read More
SOLO / Portland Piano International has announced the Finalists for the 2019 Youth Piano Concerto Competition. For the last 90+ years, Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) has held a biennial piano concerto competition, with the top prize of performing with Portland Youth Philharmonic. Last spring PYP asked Portland Piano International / SOLO to take on the running of the Competition and increase public awareness and involvement in the Competition.Read More
As our upcoming guest curator for the 2019 / 2020 SOLO season, we obviously love Marc-André Hamelin’s work and can’t wait to have him involved in Portland. In this Cliburn Live performance video, he displays his pristine playing his fans have come to relish.Read More
Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch teams up with Behzod Abduraimov with Arensky's Suite for Two Pianos, No. 1, Op. 15 on SUN / JAN 27. But don't let that stop you from attending Saturday's performance, too, where Behzod delivers Prokofiev's 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75.
Have you heard this work? It's really worth a listen. Hear Evgeny Kissin perform excerpts here to get a taste of it.Read More
As an organization that celebrates and revels in the lush sound of the piano, here are two pianists that need no introduction. It’s a special treat and a perfect way to end the year. Enjoy the inimitable Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim perform Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos, K. 448.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Portland Piano! Wishing you a beautiful new year filled with gorgeous piano music.Read More
On December 1 and 2, Portland Piano International was delighted to welcome Hong Kongese pianist Rachel Cheung to the Lincoln Hall stage. Here’s a little background on PPI’s connection with Rachel, as told by executive director Ellen Bergstone Wasil:
“Every four years Portland Piano International takes a group of piano lovers to Fort Worth for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. One of the highlights of our last ‘pilgrimage’ to the semi-finals in 2017 was experiencing Rachel Cheung’s amazing performances. It was no surprise, therefore, when she received the Audience Award that year. Rachel possesses a special ability to draw the audience into her playing.” Her performances were truly remarkable and completely mesmerizing; the audience loved her.Read More
Out of the five piano concertos written by Prokofiev, the third is highly cherished by piano fans. We want to highlight Behzod Abduraimov’s recording of this monumental work in the piano literature. Recorded on the Decca label, Behzod’s performance showcases his ability to make the piano sparkle with fiery sound.Read More
On November 10 and 11, we had the pleasure of welcoming Boris Giltburg to the Lincoln Hall stage for a program of Ravel and Beethoven, as well as Russian composers Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. Boris was in the news recently, receiving a prestigious Gramophone Classical Music Award this past fall; he won in the Chamber music category for his recording with the Pavel Haas Quartet of Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No 2. Everyone was pretty excited to hear him during his PDX debut, and there was a noticeable positive energy in the air as the audience filtered into the hall.Read More
As anyone can imagine, performing at the Cliburn Competition is high stakes! Watch Rachel Cheung deliver an exquisite interpretation of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466. The video has aerial shots of the keyboard for optimal viewing. Maestro Nicholas McGegan conducts the Fort Worth Symphony at the 15th International Van Cliburn Competition.Read More
Portland Piano International / SOLO presents three public hour-long performances by Rising Star pianist Zhenni Li. In addition to other pieces, Zhenni’s program includes a new work by Oregon composer Renée Favand-See, entitled Growing, a piece inspired by Benjamin Britten’s The trees they grow so high. Renée’s piece was composed through the Portland Piano International / SOLO Commissioning Project and performed in cooperation with its already-established Rising Stars program. The composer will be present at most of the performances.Read More
Winner of the Audience Award and finalist at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Young Steinway Artist Rachel Cheung comes to Portland DEC 1 / 2. As we get ready for her highly-sophisticated artistry (at only 27 years old), we found this interview from Hong Kong’s RTHK The Works show.Read More
We’ve discussed Boris Giltburg for a few months now on the blog and this weekend he’s finally in Portland to perform back-to-back SOLO recitals with glorious music (NOV 10 / 11). This week, he posted an excerpt on Facebook of Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin (Menuet), which he’ll perform on Saturday’s program (NOV 10). First, read his own insight, then listen to his highly-nuanced interpretation.Read More
Portland Piano International is proud to welcome Hong Kongese pianist Rachel Cheung — Winner of the Audience Award and Finalist at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — to Portland for recitals on December 1 & 2, 2018. Both performances will take place at 4pm in Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall.Read More
In this artfully filmed video, Boris Giltburg plays Rachmaninov’s complete work, Études-tableaux, Op. 39. It was unusually filmed in the middle of the night earlier this spring in London. Magic certainly happens in this recording, full of mood lighting and a single shot, hand-held camera.Read More
You may have thought that playing four-hand piano music was a breeze. There are more fingers to play the notes, so doesn’t that make things easier?
No. Two people playing together on one piano have challenges that few other chamber music musicians have. Let us explain.Read More
Portland Piano International is pleased to welcome Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg to Portland for recitals on November 10 & 11, 2018. Both performances will take place at 4pm in Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall; this is Mr. Giltburg’s Portland debut. He recently received a prestigious Gramophone Classical Music Award, winning in the Chamber music category for his recording with the Pavel Haas Quartet of Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No 2.Read More
We’ve brought you many artist recordings and insights on our SOLO blog, but we haven’t highlighted art photography. Our upcoming SOLO artist, Boris Giltburg (NOV 10 / 11), has quite the eye for visual beauty in addition to his full-time career as a celebrated Rachmaninov interpreter and recent Gramophone Award-winner.Read More