13 October 2022
By Ellie Palmer
Six pianists are set to appear throughout the season at Portland State University's Lincoln Performance Hall
Portland Piano International (PPI) has announced the details of its upcoming season, which has been curated by Russian-American pianist and educator Vladimir Feltsman.
Back-to-back recitals from six pianists are set to take place between now and June. Feltsman opened the series with performances on 7 and 8 October. Russians Ilya Yakushev (3-4 Dec) and Ilya Rashkovskiy (21-22 Jan), Russian-American Daria Rabotkina (25-26 March), Israeli Roman Rabinovich (6-7 May), and Georgian Alexander Korsantia (3-4 June) complete the line-up.
Rashkovskiy (18 Jan) and Rabotkina (23 Mar) will also give shorter performances at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton. These recitals are cleverly tailored specifically for busy folks on the go, with each performance giving a shorter preview of the pianist's future full-length recitals.
Elsewhere, PPI will host a series of free masterclasses named Beyond the Score. Feltsman gave the first of these on 7 October. Rashkovski is set to host his masterclass on 7 January in which he will give his audience a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the art of piano performance and gather insights from him about the traditions he carries, honed from decades of study and performance.
On the new season, curator Feltsman comments, "When I was originally asked to curate this season for PPI [for the canceled 2020 / 2021 season], I agreed immediately because I saw this as an opportunity to introduce a new generation of pianists to a discriminating and supportive audience.
"Two years after their initial acquaintance with PPI, they are so excited to be coming finally to Portland."
More information can be found here.