Owen Mortimer

Portland Piano celebrates 40th anniversary season

6:49, 8th November 2017

Portland Piano International in Oregon, US is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its SOLO Series with seven pianists performing 11 different programmes in 2017/18. This will also be the fifth and final season curated by outgoing artistic director Arnaldo Cohen.

Highlights of the season include recitals by this year’s Van Cliburn Competition winner, Yekwon Sunwoo, the Portland debut of the duo Christina and Michelle Naughton (pictured above) and a Czech-influenced programme by Lukáš Vondráček. London-based Sunwook Kim, winner of the 2016 Leeds Competition, Hungarian virtuoso Dénes Várjon and Beijing-born Yuja Wang complete the distinguished line-up.

‘We’re thrilled to bring this high quality of artistic excellence to our audiences,’ said executive director Ellen Bergstone Wasil. ‘Our founder, Harold Gray, created a cultural gem for Oregon during his 35-year tenure as artistic director and the last five seasons have built on that tradition. Our vision for the future is exciting and planning for the next 40 years is already underway!’

Portland Piano International has presented performances by 230 pianists over the past four decades. In addition to its flagship SOLO Series, PPI presents free recitals by talented young artists and offers education and training programmes for students of all ages. PPI launched its first ever Piano Day on 29 March 2017, and is currently running a programme to commission 12 new works for piano.


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