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New! Weill Hall Summer Concert | pianoSonoma is thrilled to announce our 2015 Weill Hall Concert scheduled for Sunday, August 2 at 3:00PM. Click here to purchase tickets.

Schroeder Concert Series | Please join us in this exquisite hall as we feature each of our 2015 Artists in Residence in this interactive concert series. There will be a total of four concerts during the festival.Click here for exact dates and programming details.

2015 Public Masterclasses Announced | Join pianoSonoma for a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at our festival! All masterclasses are free and open to the public.View the schedule here.

pianoSonoma Supporter Starts Center for Entrepreneurship at Juilliard | pianoSonoma is delighted to see Juilliard embrace entrepreneurship with the new Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship, funded by a gift from Michael Marks, a pianoSonoma participant, and his wife Carole Marks. Carole and Michael Marks are great supporters of our festival. Read more about this exciting venture here.

What is pianoSonoma?

2015 Festival Dates
Session I: Sunday, July 26 – Saturday, August 1
Session II: Sunday, August 2 – Saturday, August 8

About Us | pianoSonoma is a music festival that brings together Artists in Residence, current conservatory music majors or recent graduates, and adult musicians to collaborate and perform in private and public concerts and community workshops in Sonoma and Napa Counties, CA. This intersection of Artists in Residence and our adult participants creates a rich and vibrant experience for everyone.

We keep our program uniquely small in order to create the most supportive and collegial atmosphere possible. Each week-long session offers private lessons taught by Juilliard faculty, guided rehearsals, daily masterclasses and public performances.

Our History | pianoSonoma co-founders and Artistic Directors Jessica and Michael Shinn met as students at The Juilliard School in New York City, and after spending time in the beautiful wine regions of California, the two Yamaha Artists were inspired to create a summer music festival in Sonoma County. The combination of wine and music is a natural fit, and the location is a beautiful one for musical stimulation.

After launching the festival in 2011, which is partially geared towards adult musicians of all backgrounds, they launched the Young Artist program in 2012, which has now evolved into a prestigious Artist in Residence program, bringing the next generation of professional musicians to the area to collaborate with pianoSonoma’s adult participants. Read more.

Read what our participants saying here.

Summer Events

Concert: Tuesday, July 28 in Schroeder Hall at 6pm | Our Artist in Residence piano trio, Longleash—Pala Garcia, violin; John Popham, cello; and Renate Rohlfing, piano—presents Charles Ives’ Piano Trio. Join us for a fun, interactive exploration of this trio, culminating in a performance of the entire work.

Masterclass: Wednesday, July 29 in Schroeder Hall at 1:15pm | Join father/son team Ronald and Michael Shinn for their annual public masterclasses, featuring participants of The pianoSonoma Music Festival.

Concert: Thursday, July 30 in Schroeder Hall at 6pm | Guest Artist Kara Sainz, mezzo-soprano, and Artist in Residence Peter Dugan, piano, present a program entitled Mysticism.

Concert: Sunday, August 2 in Weill Hall at 3pm | Featuring Guest Artist Kara Sainz, mezzo-soprano, and Artists in Residence Emi Ferguson, flute; Peter Dugan, piano; and Longleash—Pala Garcia, violin; John Popham, cello; and Renate Rohlfing, piano.

Concert: Tuesday, August 4 in Schroeder Hall at 6pm | Composer in Residence Paul Frucht presents an interactive concert of his works and also introduces our Young Composer program winner. Michael Shinn, pianoSonoma’s Artistic Director, will interview Paul and shed light on his compositional process.

Masterclass: Wednesday, August 5 in Schroeder Hall at 1:15pm | Join father/son team Ronald and Michael Shinn for their annual public masterclasses, featuring participants of The pianoSonoma Music Festival.

Concert: Thursday, August 6 in Schroeder Hall at 6pm | Artists in Residence Emi Ferguson, flute; Peter Dugan, piano; and Renate Rohlfing, piano.


Events

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pianoSonoma Masterclasses
Schroeder Hall Concerts
Artists in Residence in Rehearsal 2014
Thomas Feng pianoSonoma Young Composer 2014
Yamaha RemoteLesson
pianoSonoma at The Green Music Center
2014 pianoSonoma Fundraising Gala
Festival Gala Concert at the Green Music Center
Chalk Hill Winemaker Dinner
Session I Final Concert
Gemstone Vineyard Excursion
2013 Young Artists Campaign Fundraising Gala