Pianofest: Up Close and Personal at Summer Concerts


Not many have access to the old manse in East Hampton, its 11 grand pianos, and the new group of international students who have come to live there, annually, for the last 31 years.

But the general public is invited to their concerts.

Regarded as one of the premier piano festivals in the United States, Pianofest in the Hamptons will open its season on Monday, June 24, at 5 p.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center, located at 25 Pond Lane.

“Each concert features curated, world-class piano music performed by exceptional emerging talent, and an opportunity to meet the artists at post-concert receptions,” according to a press release. “Pianofest’s Director Paul Schenly provides musical commentary from the stage.”

Additional concerts will be held on Mondays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, and August 5 and 12, at 5 p.m. at Stony Brook Southampton’s Avram Theater, located at 239 Montauk Highway.

For East Hampton audiences, Pianofest students will perform on Wednesdays, June 26, July 10 and 24, and August 7, at 6 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at 18 James Lane, and in Westhampton Beach on Thursdays, June 27 and August 8, at 7 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center at 76 Main Street.

Tickets are $20 and free for students at the door in Southampton and East Hampton, and $23 for Westhampton Beach concerts. For more information, call (631) 329-9115 or visit pianofest.com.