San Francisco International Piano Festival Expands Schedule, Performances, Venues for Second Season

For Release on June 19, 2018
Jeffrey LaDeur
New Piano Collective

Mark Smith
Cooper Hong Inc.

San Francisco International Piano Festival Expands Schedule, Performances, Venues for Second Season

SAN FRANCISCO, June 19 – The second annual San Francisco International Piano Festival will present 14 concerts in nine Bay Area venues, featuring ten pianists in programs offering a mix of solo piano along with instrumental and vocal chamber music.

Scheduled for August 16 through 26, the festival is presented by the New Piano Collective, founded in 2016 by Bay Area pianist, Jeffrey LaDeur. This year’s iteration of the festival expands on the inaugural 2017 festival in all respects – number of days, concerts, venues, performers and composers.

“In producing this festival, the New Piano Collective creates an experience where artists can dream, risk and soar, while the audience witnesses inspiration take flight,” said LaDeur, who serves as the festival’s executive and artistic director. “We celebrate the individual voice, and prize the unique approach each artist brings to the piano, transforming the very same instrument into a prism of personal expression.

“Join us for an unforgettable festival of 14 richly varied performances, presented in nine beautiful venues by 15 world-class artists performing some of the greatest music ever written.”

While international in scope – both in terms of the performers and repertoire – the second annual San Francisco International Piano Festival will have a decidedly American flavor. Highlights will include three works of William Bolcom, to celebrate the 80th birthday of the dean of American composers. Other American composers include George Gershwin and Charles Ives.

The festival will present world premieres by American composers David Gordon and Paul Sanchez (who also will perform as a founding member of the New Piano Collective).

In all, the festival will include works by nearly 25 composers, including Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Schubert and Schumann.

New venues for the 2018 San Francisco International Piano Festival are the Legion of Honor Museum, Knuth Hall at San Francisco State University, Old St. Mary’s Cathedral and Old First Presbyterian Church, all in San Francisco; the Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont; Piedmont Piano Company, Oakland; and the historic Empress Theater, Vallejo. Other venues are the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Recital Hall and the Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, Berkeley. All nine provide intimate perspectives for audience members to experience the performances.

Festival Also Presents Vocalists, Chamber Musicians
In addition to the ten members of the New Piano Collective, the festival will feature performances by mezzo soprano Kindra Scharich, baritone Brandon Hendrickson, soprano Kayleen Sanchez, violinist Liana Berube and cellist Michelle Kwon. In addition to their featured solo performances, Berube and Kwon will join LaDeur to perform as the Delphi Trio in William Bolcom’s first Piano Trio, composed recently for the Delphi Trio.

In an August 22 concert at the Empress Theater that departs from the festival’s other events, pianist Igor Lipinski returns to present his show, “Piano Illusions,” a unique combination of music and magic. Seamlessly blending his marvelous pianism and mystifying illusions, Lipinski welcomes the audience into a magical world of fun, humor, and insights into the music. After the break, pianist and artistic director Jeffrey LaDeur introduces Concert Confidential, a behind-the-scenes look at life as a pianist, the classical music world, and tragicomic encounters with travels, pianos, and people.

Standard ticket prices for festival events are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and free admission for children aged 18 and under, with the following exceptions:

  • For concerts at the Maybeck Studio, all tickets are $25.
  • For concerts at the Empress Theater, tickets are $20 when bought online, and $25 when bought by phone or at the box office.
  • For the Old First concert, tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $5 for students and free admission for children under 12.
  • The concert at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral will be presented for no admission charge.

For online ticketing, please visit For more information about the festival, please visit

About the Artists
Praised by critics for his poetic and lyrical style, Jiyang Chen made his concerto debut at the age of seventeen, graduated from New York University and the Eastman School of Music, and has earned acclaim in his dual career as a concert pianist and portrait photographer.

Albert Kim teaches and performs in the U.S and China as a solo and collaborative pianist. He joined the keyboard faculty of the University of Central Missouri in 2017, after serving on the faculty at Linfield College from 2013 to 2017.

Praised for “beautiful array of pianistic colors” and “original interpretation,” pianist Eunmi Ko concertizes throughout the US, South America, Asia, and Europe. She is a member of the music faculty at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Praised by the San Francisco Classical Voice for "glowing sound," Jeffrey LaDeur performs internationally as soloist with orchestra, recitalist, and chamber musician. He is founder and artistic director of New Piano Collective, and founding member and pianist of the Delphi Trio. His debut CD, “Debussy & Rameau: The Unbroken Line,” is available on MSR Classics.

Igor Lipinski is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Oklahoma, a frequent orchestra and recital soloist, and a graduate of Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music

Bobby Mitchell's musicianship is embedded in the here and now of music as performance art. A frequent performer of new and rarely heard works, his interests lie mainly in combining contemporary works with the standard repertoire in an illuminating fashion.  

Lauded by the Cleveland Plain-Dealer as “…a pianist full of fire and warmth,” Daria Rabotkina has performed internationally with orchestra, in recital and as a chamber musician. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Texas State University, San Marcos.

Praised by José Feghali as “a great artist,” pianist/composer Paul Sánchez is Director of Piano Studies and Artistic Director of the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston, and is Artistic Director of Dakota Sky Academy. 

Johnandrew Slominski, DMA, joined the Linfield College faculty in 2017. He earned four degrees and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He appears worldwide and records for Centaur Records and Soundset Recordings. 

Owen Zhou is a freelancing musician and teacher in Denver, Colorado. He made his New York debut in 2012 with the Scriabin Piano Concerto. Zhou is also an audio engineer, cinematographer, mountaineer and skier. 

Brandon Hendrickson, baritone, is an active performer on the opera, concert and recital stage. His “mellifluous,” and “beautiful baritone,” as hailed by Opera News, has been heard interpreting standard and contemporary operatic and recital repertoire on an international level.

Praised by Sherod Santos for her “keen technical virtuosity… her voice [that] thrills along the spine,” soprano Kayleen Sánchez is a recitalist, pedagogue and recording artist with particular passion for early and new music.

Mezzo Soprano Kindra Scharich has been praised by The San Francisco Chronicle for her "exuberant vitality," "fearless technical precision," "deep-rooted pathos" and "irrepressible musical splendor."  She has performed over 150 art songs in 10 languages.

Violinist Liana Berube is co-founder of the Delphi Trio, concertmaster of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and the Magik*Magik Orchestra, and principal second violinist of the Oakland Symphony. She has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Cellist Michelle Kwon is co-founder of the Delphi Trio, a member of the Oakland Symphony and Magik*Magik Orchestra, and a frequent chamber music collaborator. She holds B.A. and M.M. degrees in from Stanford University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Igor Lipinski

Polish concert pianist. Eastman School of Music & University of Rochester alumnus. Classical music consultant. Performance artist.