Westcott Piano Gala – A Benefit Concert Featuring Tomorrow’s Virtuosos – Tickets – The Recital Hall at Classic Piano – Portland, OR – July 15th, 2018

Westcott Piano Gala - A Benefit Concert Featuring Tomorrow’s Virtuosos

Westcott Piano Gala - A Benefit Concert Featuring Tomorrow’s Virtuosos

Aaron Petit, Abriana Church, Nicholaus Poelwijk

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Doors: 6:15 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Recital Hall at Classic Piano

Portland, OR

This event is all ages

Westcott Piano Gala
Westcott Piano Gala-
A Benefit Concert Featuring Tomorrow’s Virtuosos

Oregon’s own MARK WESTCOTT has been called “ A Living Legend”. His amazing journey from International Concert Pianist and Bronze Medalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition , battling and overcoming disfiguring cancer to dedicating his life to teaching, has set the stage for this benefit concert featuring some of the top talent from the Pacific Northwest.

The Westcott Piano Gala is a benefit concert in support of those students in college or college-bound, pursuing a career in piano.
Aaron Petit
Aaron Petit
Aaron Petit, 20, is an American pianist who currently studies with Santiago Rodriguez at the University of Miami: Frost School of Music. Having no previous musical instruction or awareness, he started learning to play the piano at age 12. Over the past 5 years he has won 7 piano competitions in the NW including the Seattle Philharmonic Don Bushell Concerto Competition, Metro Arts Van Buren Concerto Competition, and the Portland Young Pianists Festival. He has performed with orchestras in Seattle, Portland, Salem, Renton, and Puyallup since making his debut at age 15 with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Aaron's schooling has included Seattle Conservatory of Music and the Colburn School: Young Artists Academy in Los Angeles. His previous teachers were Mark Salman and Mark Westcott. An avid teacher himself, Aaron has taught over 30 full time students over the years as well as given masterclasses throughout the NW United States.

Program

Beethoven: Sonata Op. 27 No. 1 in E-Flat Major “Quasi Una Fantasia”

Rachmaninoff: Etude Op. 39 No. 6 in a minor
Henselt: Etude Op. 2 No. 6 in F-Sharp Major
Szymanowski: Etude Op. 4 No. 3 in b-flat minor
Prokofiev: Etude Op. 2 No. 1 in d minor
Abriana Church
Abriana Church
Although born in Arizona, Abriana Church has lived in Idaho most of her life. At age ten, she was advanced enough to take summer piano lessons with Dr. Parkinson of BSU after which she started lessons with David Tacher.
While studying with Mr. Tacher, Abrie started participating in and winning local competitions such as the MTNA Idaho State Competition which she won a total of five times, the IMTA Sonatina/Sonata Festival - Level 15, and the Boise Tuesday Musicale's highest scholarship award. Her first prize in both the Meridian Symphony Rising Stars Competition and the BPYO Concerto Competition allowed her to perform the final movement of Mendelssohn's Concerto No. I in G minor with each orchestra.

In 2015, Abrie started taking biweekly lessons from her current teacher: Dr. Irene Peery-Fox of BYU. Within the next three years, Abrie won the MTNA NW Division Competition for Senior Piano twice and took 3rd place at the MTNA Nationals as well as giving solo performances in Sun Valley, Portland, and Washington, including a joint concert with Dr. Indrek Laul, Juilliard doctorate and CEO and proprietor of Estonia Piano Factory.

Aside from music and many hours of practice, Abrie enjoys living out in Gardena, Idaho where she might be seen riding her horse, harvesting wild fruits and berries, cooking, hunting shed antlers, and spending time with her family. This fall, Abrie will be attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying under 1997 Van Cliburn gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu. She hopes to continue bringing classical music to people as either a concert pianist or professor of piano.

Program:

Paganini Studies Op. 10, No. 3 - Robert Schumann

Prelude No. 5 in G Major - Sergei Rachmaninoff

La Valse - Maurice Ravel
Nicholaus Poelwijk
Nicholaus Poelwijk
Having begun at the early age of three, as a junior in high school Nicholaus Poelwijk began studying with renowned pianist Mark Westcott. Within a year of study Nicholaus went on to win the senior division of the prestigious Northwest Chopin Festival as well as a full scholarship to the University of Oregon where he studied with Dr. Alexandre Dossin. This winter he began his graduate studies at the University of Miami wth famed pianist Kevin Kenner, again where he received a full scholarship. Westcott has described Poelwijk as a “force of nature and poet.”

Program:

Chopin Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
I. Allegro Maestoso
II. Scherzo: Allegro Vivace
III. Largo
IV. Finale: Presto non tanto

Gershwin/Grainger “Love Walked In”