At the Portland Piano International concert today, everyone received a flier in the program that announced the lineup for next season. PPI will be bringing six pianists, but they will only play one concert instead of two. I have heard that the PPI has experienced some financial strain over the past year, and, therefore, is scaling back the series.
Of note in next season's series is the concert that will be given by Benjamin Kim, because he a local kid who won First Prize in the 2006 ARD International Music Competition in Munich. Not much has been made of this fact in Portland, but Kim is the foremost pianist that Portland has produced in recent years.
Here's the season schedule - all concerts take play at the Newmark Theatre:
Gold Medalist of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 4 pm
Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 4 pm
Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 4 pm
Sunday March 7, 2010 - 4 pm
Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 4 pm
Sunday, May 16 2010 - 4 pm
PS: A review of today's PPI concert will be forthcoming