The PSU Steinway Piano Series brings internationally recognized performers and educators to Portland for a weekend of public recitals and masterclasses each year. Acting as a bridge between world-class stages and the college classroom, the series elevates awareness for PSU’s outstanding music program while providing students and concertgoers with access to a broad spectrum of the highest level professional pianists performing today.

Founded in 2015 and directed by piano professor Dr. Susan Chan, the PSU Steinway Piano Series is sponsored by the Arima Schumann Fund of Schwab Charitable, Steinway & Sons, Layzell Family Foundation, Michelle’s Piano Company, and other donors with additional support from PSU College of the Arts and PSU School of Music & Theater.

2021 Guest Artist: Anton Nel

On Saturday, May 1, the PSU Steinway Piano Series welcomed our 2021 feature artist, the internationally celebrated and “uncommonly elegant pianist,” (The New York Times) Anton Nel. 

The PSU Steinway Piano Series is proud to announce its 2021 feature artist, the internationally celebrated and “uncommonly elegant pianist,” (The New York Times) Anton Nel. An acclaimed interpreter and former first prize winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, Nel performs with “a beautifully weighted tone and a nearly flawless legato.”(Chicago Tribune) Through the PSU Steinway Piano Series, Nel will star in a solo concert on May 1st featuring a beautifully balanced, one-of-a-kind program of music by Bach, Mozart, Debussy and Granados, preceded by a masterclass on April 30th.

Concert Program

J.S. Bach: Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829
Mozart: Sonata in D Major, K. 311
Debussy: La serenade interrompue, Voiles, and Minstrels from Preludes, Book 1
Granados: Allegro de Concierto, Op. 47

Masterclass Program

Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 7, first movement 
Chopin: Étude in C Minor, Op. 25 No. 12 “Ocean” 
Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano, first movement

Instructor and student edit a score at the piano

Support the Steinway Piano Series

Designed to maximize the at home listening experience and spread the joy of world class piano performance, both events on this season’s PSU Steinway Piano Series are open to the public and free with RSVP. Help us continue bringing world class piano performers to Portland with a gift today!

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