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
On OCT 6 / 7, Olga Kern will perform the world premiere of Window to Eternity’s Threshold (2017) by composer James Lee III (born 1975). We are thrilled to showcase this gorgeous work with Ms. Kern at the bench. The composer is a professor at Baltimore’s Morgan State University and was gracious to send along these notes to us for the world premiere in Portland.Read More
Before one might write anything about today’s individual pieces, something must be said about the grand Russian piano tradition, arguably one of the great phenomena of the past century and a bit. There are scores of Russian composers, too many of them forgotten in our own time, who put forth music of peerless passion and technical demands. Their repertoire is a gift, unrivaled. This music is romantic, demanding, and revealing of the Slavic soul. One of its greatest contemporary exponents plays from that grand tradition today, setting in fine contrast other works that whet the appetite for these huge, slightly crazy studies in passion. There is little to be calm about in these programs.Read More
We love a good encore...who doesn't?! We thought you might be curious to see a roundup of our favorite encores from some of the world's great pianists starting with Olga Kern who opens our season next month!Read More
Relive this thrilling performance of 2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern playing her heart out at the competition. It certainly will reignite anyone's passion for the piano. Hear Olga open our SOLO Piano Series on OCT 6 / 7.
Olga Kern—one of the top female pianists in the world today—landed on the international stage after her historic gold medal win at the 2001 Cliburn Competition. It was the first time in 30 years that a female won that auspicious prize. Now about 17 years later, she has an infectious energy that inspires everyone who hears her perform. Not only has she made her flash in the sky years ago, but maintained it at an international scale. This is no small feat.Read More
Beethoven and his intellectual ideals have long been the subject of great discussion. Perhaps it’s his emotional intelligence manifest through his epitome of cerebral crafting. Or is it his sheer moments of inexplicable joy contrasted with dark brooding that seems to enrapture anyone who listens?Read More