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Portland Piano International Summer Festival

Date: June 5, 2014 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

This exciting Festival takes place Thursday, June 5 through Sunday, June 8, 2014 and includes 10 recitals; five lectures; four master classes, two films; and a clinic. At every turn, there will be live piano music. Portland Piano International is dedicated to presenting the finest pianists in the world in recital settings and outreach activities for the purpose of enriching and educating our community. Tickets: $30 (single recital), $645 (full pass, with lodging & meals). Single recital tickets discounted to $20 for Lewis & Clark faculty, staff and alumni (use online code: LC). $10 tickets for LC students (use online code: LCSTUD).

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Concluding his first season as artistic director of Portland Piano International, Arnaldo Cohen presents a re-imagined, refreshed Summer Festival. Long a highly popular event in Portland’s summer music schedule, the Festival took a hiatus last year as Maestro Cohen managed the 2013 / 2014 season and re-examined the Festival’s role in Portland Piano International’s mission and the cultural life of the city.

In his new conception, Maestro Cohen hosts a long weekend of convivial musical exploration, June 5 - 8, 2014. To create an immersive experience and deepen the Festival experience from observation to engagement, Cohen moved the Festival to the lush campus of Lewis & Clark College. There, participants, faculty and performers stay on campus, sharing recitals, lectures, master classes and films as well as meals and conversation.

The Festival includes 10 recitals; five lectures; four master classes, two films; and a clinic.  Single recital tickets are available ($30; open seating in Agnes Flanagan Chapel; complete details here.) but the extraordinary begins to unfold with a one-day pass ($155) and reaches unforgettable with a full, four-day pass ($645) that includes a room on campus, every program and meal, rare conversations, new ideas and fresh inspiration. 

Summer Festival 2014 has an emphasis on wellness and injury prevention. Each day begins with an Alexander Technique session. Edna Golandsky, foremost expert on the Taubman Approach promoting healthy physical playing as the means to beauty in performance, leads a lecture (Th Ju 5, 4:30-6:30 PM), open question-and-answer session (Sa Jun 7, 3-4:30 PM) and a demonstration (Su Jun 8, 1:30-3:30 PM).

Farhan Malik, leading authority the historical progression of performance style, brings fascinating vintage recordings to discuss how interpretation changes with the culture (F Jun 6 10-11:30 AM). Film historian John Tibbetts delights participants with a talk on classical music in the movies (Th Jun 5, 1:30-3 PM) and screens two films to amplify his presentation,”32 Films about Glenn Gould” (F Jun 6, 1:15-2:50 PM) and “A Song to Remember” (King Vidor’s 1945 Chopin biopic; Sa Jun 7 12:45-2:40 PM).

At every turn, there will be live piano music. Susan Dewitt Smith, director of Lewis and Clark’s piano program with expertise in modern music, will perform a recital of contemporary music (F Jun 6, 4:30- 6 PM) that includes musical friends Ines Voglar and Nancy Ives, among others and a very special program of spiritual music with Cantor Ida Rae Cahana (Su Jun 8, 10-11:30 AM).  Alexandre Dossin, from the music faculty at the University of Oregon, performs Music of the Americas, including Leonard Bernstein’s rarely heard piano sonata (Sa Jun 7, 8-9 PM).

Portland Piano International’s rapidly growing audience learned in Arnaldo Cohen’s first season that they will often be among the first to hear exciting young piano artists, just as they are on the cusp of wider recognition. That commitment to the young and talented is evident in Maestro Cohen’s choice of Tina Chong, Henry Kramer and Hannah Yukho as the Festival’s Young Artists in Residence. Chong and Yukho are students of Maestro Cohen and Vladmir Feltsman, respectively, while Kramer has just begun the Ph.D. program at the Yale School of Music. All have been lauded with many honors and prominent performance opportunities from a very early age. Each will play a solo recital (Chong, Th Jun 5, 3-4:30 PM; Yukho, F Jun 6, 11:30-1 PM; Kramer, Sa Jun 7, 11-12:30 PM) and all will participate in Thursday evening recital (Th Jun 5, 8-9 PM) that introduces every artist to Festival-goers.

One of the most unusual and challenging recitals of the Festival will take place on F Jun 6, 8-9 PM, when Chong and Kramer alternate concerto performances as the other plays the orchestra part. For Chong’s Chopin Concerto No. 2 in F minor, op. 21, Kramer perform the piano-transcribed orchestra part, while Chong becomes the orchestra for Kramer’s Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 16.

Committed to presenting the new and unexpected in every aspect of Portland Piano International’s programming, Maestro Cohen invited jazz pianist Randy Porter to be a Festival Artist.  As the Festival’s roving jazz reporter throughout, Porter will listen to its many sounds, expressions and interpretations then play them back through an improvisatory jazz sensibility on Su Jun 8, 4:30-6 PM.

Festival Director Arnaldo Cohen performs a wonderfully imaginative closing recital (Su Jun 8, 8-9 PM) in which he will play two concerti back to back – de Falla’s Nights in the Garden of Spain and Mendelssohn’s ebullient Piano Concerto No. 1.  In the de Falla, the orchestral part has been transcribed for piano four hands, to be played by Chong and  Kramer; Chong will then accompany Maestro Cohen on the Mendelssohn.

Pianos will be readily available for Festival-goers throughout the Lewis and Clark campus and iPads will be stationed at convenient gathering points for Festival updates.  Running social media commentary and artist interviews will be posted by four seniors from Portland State University’s Capstone project. 

Portland Piano International is dedicated to presenting the finest pianists in the world in recital settings and outreach activities for the purpose of enriching and educating our community. Funders and sponsors include the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Work for Art, James F. and Marion Miller Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Portland Piano Company, Higgins Restaurant, Portland State University and All Classical Media.


Summer Festival 2014 support provided by the Frederick D & Gail Y Jubitz Foundation, the Nellie Tholen Fund/Oregon Community Foundation and Lewis and Clark College.

Summer Festival - Artist Biographies & Schedules

Arnaldo Cohen, Host of the Festival
Best known for his remarkable performances around the globe, Arnaldo Cohen just concluded his first season as artistic director of Portland Piano International. He regularly appears as soloist with major orchestras, such as Philadelphia and Cleveland, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He returns to the Oregon Symphony this fall, as the featured artist in its September 14 Tchaikovsky Spectacular. Maestro Cohen was awarded a fellowship by the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and held a professorship at the Royal Academy of Music in London. After living in London for 23 years, he relocated to the United States in 2004 where he is on the piano faculty at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Maestro Cohen is deeply committed to the education and professional development of young piano artists.

Th/5, 8-9 PM – Recital: Guest Artist Sampler
Sa/7, 4:30-6 PM – Master Class: Cohen on Concerti
Su/8, 11:30-12:30 PM – Master Class: Cohen and Young Brahms Quintet
Su/8, 8-9 PM – Recital: Two Concerti with Arnaldo Cohen

Alexandre Dossin, Guest Artist
Praised by Martha Argerich as an “extraordinary musician,” Alexandre Dossin maintains an active performing, recording and teaching career. A graduate of the University of Texas, Austin and the Moscow Conservatory, he received First Prize and Special Prize at the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires. He is on the board the American Liszt Society and president of the Oregon Chapter of the American Liszt Society. An active recording artist, he has released 15 CDs. Dossin is a professor at the University in Oregon in Eugene.

Th/5, 8-9 PM – Recital: Guest Artist Sampler
Fr/6, 3-4:30 PM – Master Class
Sa/7, 8-9 PM – Recital: Music from the Americas

Susan DeWitt Smith, Guest Artist
A Portland native, Susan DeWitt Smith has an active career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony, and with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Palomar Symphony and Dartmouth Symphony.  A co-founder of the Nelson Chamber Music Festival in New Zealand, Dr. Smith is highly regarded as a chamber musician and has performed at festivals throughout the country, with musicians belonging to the Juilliard, Kronos and Philadelphia string quartets. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she earned her M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and her D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music. She is respected performer or contemporary music, a member of Portland’s Third Angle New Music Ensemble, and teaches at Lewis and Clark College.

Th/5, 8-9 PM – Recital: Guest Artist Sampler
Fr/6, 4:30-6 PM – Recital: Music of Michael Johanson and Tomas Svoboda
Su/8, 10-11:30 AM – Recital: A Spiritual Offering with Cantor Ida Rae Cahana and Susan DeWitt Smith

Edna Golandsky, Guest Artist
A leading expert of the Taubman Approach, Edna Golandsky has earned wide acclaim throughout the United States and abroad for her extraordinary ability to solve technical problems and for her penetrating musical insight. A pedagogue of international renown, she has a long-established reputation for the expert diagnosis and treatment of problems such as fatigue, pain and serious injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, focal dystonia, thoracic outlet syndrome, tennis and golfer’s elbow and ganglia. Performers and students alike come from around the world to study, coach, and consult with Golandsky. She received both her bachelor and master degrees in music from the Juilliard School, where she then continued her studies with Dorothy Taubman.

Th/5, 4:30-6 PM – Lecture: The Basic Principles of the Taubman Approach
Sa/7, 3-4:30 PM – Clinic: Ask a Question, Get an Answer
Su/8, 1:30-3 PM – Master Class

Farhan Malik, Guest Artist
Farhan Malik’s extensive knowledge of historical pianists, piano literature and the evolution of performance styles has made him a sought after lecturer, writer and critic. His writings and numerous articles have appeared in the world’s leading piano journals, and his published surveys covering the recorded legacy of specific works have set new standards in the field of criticism. Considered an authority on the Russian piano tradition, he has written extensively on Vladimir Sofronitsky, Sviatoslav Richter and Alexander Scriabin, among others. He has done much work to promote the Scriabin’s and has served on the board of the Scriabin Society of America. Among his future projects are a book on 19th-century piano interpretation and how it compares to the present day, a listener’s guide to piano recordings, and an encyclopedic catalogue of 78 rpm piano recordings. Malik holds both B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance.

Fr/6, 10-11:30 AM – Lecture: The Golden Age of Piano Playing
Su/8, 3-4:30 PM – Lecture: Interpretation and the Composer’s Intentions

John Tibbetts, Guest Artist
John C. Tibbetts is associate professor, Department of Film & Media Studies at the University of Kansas.  He has also worked as a news reporter/commentator for CBS Television, National Public Radio and Voice of America. Among his 22 books are several volumes devoted to music and media, including Schumann:  A Chorus of Voices (2012), Composers in the Movies (2005), and Dvorak in America (1993).  His radio series, “The World of Robert Schumann” and “Piano Portraits,” have been broadcast worldwide on the WFMT Radio Network. Tibbetts recently appeared at The Robert Schumann Bicentenary Conference in Zwickau, Germany, and The International Popular Culture Conference in Warsaw.  He just returned from a sabbatical in Australia, where he researched a book on Australian film director Peter Weir. In 2008, he was presented the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award, bestowed by Kathleen Sebelius.

Th/5, 1:30-3 PM – Lecture: Sight and Sound
Fr/6, 1:15 – 3 PM – Film: 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould
Sa/7, 10-11 AM – Lecture: Chopin Goes to War
Sa/7, 12:45- 3 PM – Film: A Song to Remember

Randy Porter, Guest Artist
A Steinway Artist, jazz pianist Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano, and has a refined understanding of improvisation. He has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer and Benny Golson. He has performed with the Charles McPherson Quartet throughout the U.S. and in France, Italy, Greece and China. He is a longtime performer and educator at the Port Townsend Jazz Festival where he has coached many young jazz musicians. He has also worked several years at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West with singer Madeline Eastman. Porter teaches master classes and adjudicates student combos and bands at high school and college jazz festivals. Currently, Porter teaches jazz piano at Lewis and Clark College.

Su/8, 4:30-6 PM – Recital: Jazz Improvisations on Classical Themes

Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, Guest Artist
Cantor Ida Rae Cahana was raised in Pittsburgh, PA, where she made history at the age of seventeen, when she became the first woman in the tri-state area to sing in a synagogue as the cantorial soloist. She completed undergraduate and masters’ degrees in voice from Carnegie-Mellon University and The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and was ordained as Cantor by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Cantor Cahana has appeared on Broadway with Phyllis Newman, as a featured soloist at Alice Tully Hall with Leonard Nimoy, at Merkin Concert Hall with Zalmen Mlotek and the 92nd Street Y with Theodore Bikel. Ida Rae met the amazing Thomas Lauderdale, who invited her to join China Forbes, Ari Shapiro, and Pink Martini band members in recording two Jewish songs for their holiday album, “Joy to the World.” Ida Rae continues to perform with them for New Years’ Eve concerts at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert hall in Portland and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A.

Su/8, 10-11:30 AM – Recital: A Spiritual Offering with Cantor Ida Rae Cahana and Susan DeWitt Smith

Tina Chong, Young Artist in Residence
A native of Banff, Canada, Tina Chong began her musical studies at the age of three. After her orchestral debut at the age of nine, she has been recognized as an up and coming young artist. Her guest soloist appearances include the Calgary Philharmonic, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.  Chong captured the “Best Canadian Prize” at the 2011 Montreal International Musical Competition and she was also grand prizewinner of the 2010 CMC International Stepping Stone Competition in Canada and second prizewinner of the 2009 Jacques Klein Piano Competition in Brazil. Other top placements include the Aspen Music Festival concerto competition and the Seneca Chamber Orchestra Competition. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied under Angela Cheng. She is now pursuing an Artist Diploma and Doctorate of Music degrees at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music as a student of Arnaldo Cohen.

Th/5, 3-4:30 PM – Recital: Tina Chong
Th/5, 8-9 PM – Recital: Guest Artist Sampler
F/6, 3-4:30 PM – Master Class: Alexandre Dossin
F/6, 8-9 PM – Recital: Concerti with Young Artists in Residence
Su/8, 8-9 PM – Recital: Two Concerti with Arnaldo Cohen

Henry Kramer, Young Artist in Residence
A prizewinner of 8th National Chopin Competition and the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition, and the 6th China Shanghai International Piano Competition, Henry Kramer has appeared as a soloist with the Shanghai Philharmonic, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara Turkey, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain du Montreal and Yale Philharmonia.  In spring 2012, he made his European debut in a solo recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. His performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, WMFT Chicago, WQXR New York City, CBC Radio-Canada, and online at MEDICI.TV. He holds bachelors and master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert McDonald and Julian Martin. He recently completed his Artist Diploma with Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music, where he received the Charles S. Miller Prize for most outstanding first year pianist. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at the Yale School of Music.

Th/5, 8-9 PM – Recital: Guest Artist Sampler
Fr/6, 8-9 PM – Recital: Concerti with Young Artists in Residence
Sa/7, 11 AM-12 PM – Recital: Henry Kramer
Su/8, 1:30-3 PM – Master Class: Edna Golandsky
Su/8, 8-9 PM – Recital: Two Concerti with Arnaldo Cohen

Hanna Yukho, Young Artist in Residence
Prizewinner of the International Piano Competition in memory of Arthur Rubinstein in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Hanna Yukho received her first award at 10, when she won the International Chopin Piano Competition in Antonin, Poland. Born in Minsk, Belarus in November 1989, she began playing piano at age six under her mother’s tutelage. In December 1999 she made her debut with the Belarusian State Chamber Orchestra and also performed in Belgium, Italy, Austria, Poland and Russia. She has soloed with the Belarusian State Chamber and Symphony Orchestra several times. In Minsk, she attended Republican Music College and graduated from the Academy of Music, where she studied with Prof. Igor Olovnikov. She subsequently traveled to New York to attend Mannes College The New School for Music where she studies with pianist Vladimir Feltsman.

Th/5, 8-9 PM – Recital: Guest Artist Sampler
F/6, 11:30-12:30 PM – Recital: Hanna Yukho
Sa/7, 4:30-6 PM – Master Class: Cohen on Concerti

Young Brahms Quintet
This young group of musicians originates from Portland Summer Ensembles, an organization founded and led by Susan Franklin. PSE gathers talented young musicians for a week of intensive music-making for a week in July. The alumni from PSE are Charity Young (violin), Daniel Scroggins (cello), Eaton Lin (viola) and Jason Anderson (violin). The string players will be joined by Adria Ye (piano); Adria is a student in the Pre-College Juilliard Program

Su/8, 11:30-1 PM – Master Class: Cohen with Young Brahms Quintet


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Tickets: $30 (single recital), $645 (full pass, with lodging & meals)
Tickets and more information: or 503.228.1388

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