Monday, April 24, 2017

10 Years, 10 Pianos

10 Grands, Seattle WA
Ten Grands (Seattle Symphony)


Serving as a fundraiser for music education programs for Washington State, Benaroya Hall hosts the tenth annual Ten Grands event on Saturday, May 13. Over the years, this special event has raised over one million dollars to the cause with ten different artists playing ten grand pianos in one spectacular event.

This year’s pianist tickling the ivories include a blind artist, a ten-year-old prodigy and a Steinway Classical Artist:
  • Colleen Adent: A classically-trained, improvisationally-minded pianist, Adent is one of the Pacific Northwest’s accomplished pianists, the uniqueness of Colleen’s artistry lies in her ability to improvise as well as perform as a classical musician.
  • Yelena Balabanova: A native of Moscow, Russia, Balabaova is one of only six Steinway Classical Artists in our state. She is an acclaimed soloist and is widely recognized for her extensive repertoire, original interpretations, and innovative programs.
  • Tom Grant: One of the original Smooth Jazz artists, Grant is considered one of the founders of that genre who's hit records on major labels from the 80's propelled him to national and international recognition.
  • Andrew Gu: Currently a pre-college student with scholarship at San Francisco Conservatory of Music in California, Gu was born in August 2006 in Germany to a musical family. He moved to Boston with his parents when he was two.
  • JJ Guo: A second year Informatics major at the University of Washington, Guo performed in the Seattle and Portland Ten Grands from 2007–2015.
  • Michael Allen Harrison: His classical contemporary style carves a distinct niche of timeless music that has connected with thousands throughout his three-decade career.
  • Michael Kaeshammer: Described as “Canada’s triple-threat combo of piano virtuosity, vocal ability and charisma.”
  • Kelsey Lee Keogh: Keogh can be found regularly performing at SkyCity Restaurant at the Space Needle, Canlis and The Bellevue Collection.
  • Ben Klinger: Klinger dedicated much of his career in the piano industry to helping other artists and organizations grow in exposure and opportunities.
  • Alexander Lu: A Junior at the International Community School in Kirkland, Lu studies piano with Dr. Sasha Starcevich and was the Grand Prize winner of the inaugural “King FM Ten Grands Young Artist Award” competition.
  • Mac Potts: Born blind, with absolutely no vision, whatsoever, Potts began playing piano at about two.

Ten Grands will be presented on Saturday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall. Tickets range from $43-$121 and can be purchased online or by calling (206) 215-4747. Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University St., Seattle 98101.