Pianofest is Back for 2021

Pianist Fei-Fei. Courtesy Pianofest.

Pianofest in the Hamptons returns in August for a series of Monday evening concerts at Avram Theater at the Stony Brook Southampton campus. After a year away, Pianofest is back with a four-week season in front of live audiences. Unlike previous summers, the performers will be drawn from distinguished Pianofest alumni, and the size of the audiences will be limited by CDC protocols.

Pianist Zsolt Bognár. Courtesy Pianofest.

Concerts will be offered Mondays, August 9, 16, 23 and 30, at 5 p.m.

These artists are among a highly diverse and critically-acclaimed group of musicians on a global scale such as pianist Michelle Cann who made headlines recently for performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra. Michael Brown has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” Many in the classical music world will know host and pianist Zsolt Bognár from the enormously successful series “Living the Classical Life” with over 3 million views. Fei-Fei is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Orion Weiss regularly appears at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, as well as many of the major orchestras across the United States. Awadagin Pratt notably performed at the White House on three separate occasions.

Pianist Awadagin Pratt has performed at the White House three times. Courtesy Pianofest.

Program details will be announced at each concert. Tickets are sold for $200 as a four-concert bundled subscription at pianofest.com. The Avram Theater is at 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton.

Additional Pianofest concerts are slated for East Hampton and Westhampton Beach this summer, though sold separately. The East Hampton concert will be offered at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 18 James Lane, East Hampton, on Wednesday, August 18, with performances at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The Westhampton Beach concert will be offered on Thursday, August 26, at 7 p.m. at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Further details will be announced on Pianofest’s website.