Mark Salman in Concert




Hailed as a “heroic virtuoso,”” and “a dazzling performer,” Mark Salman’s performances have been described as “powerful,” “astonishing, exacting and evocative,” “dramatic,” “wildly imaginative” and “touchingly lyrical.” Of his performance of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata one authority stated, “there are probably only five or six pianists in the world who can play [it] as perfectly.” His performance of Liszt’s transcription of the Beethoven Seventh Symphony was named one of three “Performances of the Year” by the Seattle Weekly.

Mr. Salman’s performances have taken him to Europe, Asia, Canada and throughout the United States. He has performed in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, has been the subject of profiles in The New York Times and has been featured in numerous radio and television broadcasts in the U.S., Europe and in China. His account of his meetings with and playing for Vladimir Horowitz appears in David Dubal’s book, Evenings with Horowitz. Mr. Salman was a co-founder of the Delmarva Piano Festival in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which ran for seventeen seasons. 

His performances have included his debut at the Newport Music Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, an eight recital series devoted to the works of Franz Liszt in Seattle, three recitals featuring Schubert’s final three sonatas, a complete cycle of Beethoven’s five piano concertos and Choral Fantasy with Orchestra Seattle, A Chopin Celebration, a series of three recitals celebrating the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, and five recitals in honor of Liszt’s 200th birthday. In 2016, he performed Busoni’s Fantasia Contrappuntistica in New York at the celebration of Busoni’s 150th birthday, sponsored by the Busoni society. Mr. Salman is regularly heard as a concerto soloist with northwest orchestras, having performed over 30 different concertos with orchestra. This season he gave the first Northwest performance of Busoni’s rarely heard Indian Fantasy for piano and orchestra in Seattle. As a chamber musician, he appears regularly with Simple Measures. Mr. Salman is a Steinway Artist. He is on the faculty of the Seattle Conservatory of Music.

Besides his wide–ranging repertoire, Mr. Salman is perhaps best known for his expertise on Beethoven, having performed the complete cycle of the thirty-two piano sonatas on both coasts as well as in 18 broadcasts on KING–FM in Seattle. Two volumes of Beethoven and his 32 Piano Sonatas — A Musical Universe, a video series featuring Mr. Salman’s performances of the sonatas, hosted by the noted author and commentator, David Dubal, have been released on the on the Great Composers label.

Mr. Salman’s recordings include his newest release, Schubert Late Sonatas, two all–Chopin CDs, including Chopin’s Intimate Art: The Mazurkas, Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 488 and K. 503 with the Northwest Sinfonietta, The Transcendental Piano, featuring works by Alkan, Beethoven and Liszt, two DVDs in the series Beethoven and his 32 Piano Sonatas — A Musical Universe, as well as American Interweave, featuring contemporary American works for cello and piano. Also available in limited release are the first four live performances from his 2004–2005 Liszt Series and his Beethoven concerto performances with Orchestra Seattle.

Mr. Salman is a native of Connecticut, where he began his studies at the age of eight and made his recital debut at eleven. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he studied with Richard Fabre and Josef Raieff. He previously attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two years, where he concentrated on chamber music and composition, studying with the noted composer, John Harbison.

University of Idaho in Concert

FRIDAY | DECEMBER 6, 2019 7:00 PM
Join the University of Idaho’s Piano Department and the MTNA Collegiate Chapter for a holiday celebration with exuberant dances and beautiful songs of Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Bizet and more. You will hear a variety of settings, from solo piano to two piano, eight hand transcriptions. The concert will feature the esteemed piano faculty of the Lionel Hampton School of Music: Dr. Roger McVey, Dr. Eneida Larti, Dr. Gustavo Castro, guest pianist Dr. Sam Welsh, and students from the MTNA Collegiate Chapter. Now a holiday tradition, this U of I group loves to include the audience and ends its program with a boisterous holiday medley that invites everyone to sing along.   The MTNA Collegiate Chapter at the University of Idaho is an active student organization that pursues educational research in the field of music and contributes to its community through outreach activities. This year, the organization has the distinction of being invited to present its research at the 2020 National MTNA Conference in Chicago. While admission is free, we welcome donations to help make the students’ travel to Chicago possible. We look forward to seeing you at the concert!

Louis Landon In Concert

Friday, September 27th at 7:00PM


Louis Landon is a composer, Steinway artist, and Pianist for Peace. Formerly of New York and currently living in Sedona, Arizona, Louis has dedicated his life to music. His career has taken him around the world playing a variety of styles with some of the most recognized names in the entertainment industry. He toured nationally and internationally, playing classical music for Mikhail Baryshnikov; jazz fusion with The John Payne Band; Latin music with “Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers”; pop music with Rupert “Pina Colada Song” Holmes; rock & roll with John Hall, opening for “Little Feat”.

Louis began playing the piano by ear at 4 years old and began lessons at 5. As a teenager, he played guitar and keyboard in bands and went on to study music at Stony Brook University, Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.

For the past 30 years, through his production company, Landon Music Company, Louis has written and produced music for film, video, and commercials. He recorded his first original piano album, Love Songs & Jazz, in 1994 and has since released 32 Albums/CDs on the LCI Record label, his latest entitled Heartfelt Solo Piano was released on May 20, 2019. His music is licensed for television and motion pictures by Oovra Music.

Louis Landon mission:

To create a more compassionate world by writing, recording and performing music that inspires love, peace, joy and gratitude.


“While some pianists are virtuosos in their playing and others may not be as technically proficient, but have great emotional content in their music, Louis Landon brings it all together with impeccable style and grace. His work covers diverse compositional terrain, incorporating influences of classical, new age, jazz, pop, and more in a mellifluous spectrum of moods and musical colors.”

“He has a gift for composition that is second to none.” Zone Music Reporter

“… indeed meditative and mellow, [he] sacrifices no musical rigor to achieve those ends. With backgrounds in jazz, Latin music, rock, pop, film composing, and classical piano, Louis brings his breadth and depth of experience to bear here. His playing and compositions are sensitive as they are complex and… a diverse range of influences is more than apparent.” Keyboard Magazine


Louis Landon’s music has had over 121 million streams on Pandora radio!

Louis Landon’s music has had over 18 million streams on Spotify!

Departure – Solo Piano was nominated for Album of the Year 2017 by Whisperings Radio.

Healing Hearts 2 – Solo Piano won 2016 “Contemporary and Modern” Album of the Year at solo and was nominated for Album of the Year at Enlightened Piano Radio, also in 2016.

Healing Hearts – Solo Piano was nominated for Album of the Year at Whisperings Radio 2015.

Solo Piano for Love, Peace & Mermaids was nominated for Album of the Year at Whisperings Radio 2010.

Solo Piano for Peace was nominated for the 2009 ZMR Music Awards in three categories: Album of the Year, Best Instrumental Album – piano, and Best Cover Art by Zone Music Reporter. Solo Piano for Peace was listed at #30 of the top 100 albums for airplay in 2009 by Zone Music Reporter.

Peace Revolution! was Louis Landon’s 7th CD and 2nd solo piano CD. It was #7 on the NAR top 100 charts and was played on over 50 stations worldwide.

unwind charted at #3 of the top 100 cds for the month of February, 2006 on Zone Music Reporter’s website, playing on over 121 stations internationally.

Spokane Piano Competition 2019

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
Friday & Saturday, Nov 1 – 2, 2019
Entry Deadline: Monday, October 1

Competition Location: Steinway Piano Gallery 13418 E Nora Spokane WA

Solo Competition
• Senior Division: Ages 15 – 18 $37
• Junior Division: Ages 11 – 14 $32
• Youth Division: Ages 7 – 10 $27

Ensemble Competition
• Senior Division: Ages 15 – 18 $42
• Junior Division: Ages 11 – 14 $37
• Youth Division: Ages 7 – 10 $32

Music Categories

  1. Baroque/Classical (Youth division only)
  2. Baroque (Junior & Senior divisions)
  3. Classical (Junior & Senior divisions)
  4. Romantic
  5. Impressionist/Modern
  6. Open/Non-Competitive
  7. Ensemble Competition

Students are scored in 5 areas:

  1. Sound Quality, Expression & Musical Artistry
  2. Interpretation of Composer’s Style & Intent
  3. Rhythmic Accuracy & Integrity
  4. Technical Mastery & Physical Ease
  5. Audience Engagement

Scorecards and score explanations are received within minutes of the performance for prompt evaluation, goal-setting and advancement.

Want to know more about the scores received?
Purchase a Written Score Explanation
This provides a brief explanation of the score received in each of the scoring areas. Additional $8 fee applies. Select this option when registering for each class.

2019 Judge: Dr. Deborah Rambo Sinn

Deborah Rambo Sinn’s diverse career has taken her around the world. She has given concerts and masterclasses on four continents and has taught students from more than 14 different countries.

She holds a doctorate from Indiana University, where she studied with Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio). Before moving to Germany, she served on the music faculty of Angelo State University in Texas and taught one semester at Universität Lüneburg (Germany) as an exchange professor. She served as the 2015 Distinguished Professor for the Humanities at Missouri University for Science and Technology. Currently, she teaches piano in her Post Falls, Idaho studio and online, including working with piano teachers from across the country through the Underground Conservatory. She teaches at Gonzaga University in Spokane and is in high demand as a speaker, recently presenting at MTNA national conference, at numerous state conferences and at the National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference.

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Scott Kirby In Concert

September 7th @ 7pm

A native of Ohio, Scott Kirby began his study of music at the age of
six, and continued formal piano instruction for seventeen years. He
worked under Robert Howat of Wittenberg University of Ohio, and
Sylvia Zaremba at the Ohio State University. After obtaining an
English degree from Ohio State University, Kirby moved to New
Orleans and began his professional music career, as a street
performer. In the following four years, he recorded the complete rags
of Scott Joplin, and made his debut at all of the major ragtime festivals
in the United States, as well as festivals in Belgium, France, Norway,
New Zealand, and Hungary.
Kirby has served as Musical Director of the “Scott Joplin Ragtime
Festival” in Sedalia, MO, and of the “Rocky Mountain Ragtime and
American Music Festival” in Boulder, CO, as well as director of the
“San Juan Islands Ragtime Institute.” His appearances include a
segment on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood in
1998, and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Kirby cofounded
a record company (Viridiana Productions, L.L.C.), has made
25 recordings, and has composed over 150 original works for piano
and other instruments. Admired by fellow pianists including George
Winston, and hailed by Time Magazine as an “ace pianist,” CBS
News’ Charles Osgood agreed that “…Critics call Scott Kirby one of
the best interpreters of ragtime music on the scene today.”
Kirby’s artistic passion grew to include to visual art, and in 2005, while
living in France, he completed 75 paintings and 28 piano
compositions, including “The Prairie Devotionals,” The paintings
(belonging to a set entitled “Visions of the Great Plains”) and the new
musical works set the groundwork for his new multi-media project
“Main Street Souvenirs.” Kirby now lives in Boulder, Colorado and
divides his time between composing, painting, performing and

EWU Composers Forum | Guitar Ensemble Concert

Wednesday, May 22


Performances of music composed by EWU composition students in the EWU Art Gallery as part of the Creative Works and Research Symposium.

The Music Composition Program at Eastern Washington University is designed to give students the opportunity to experiment and grow as composers. This is done through private instruction in composition, group seminars, quarterly concerts, special interdisciplinary projects, technological resources from the Computer Music Studio, guest lectures and colloquia from regional or nationally recognized composers. The Composition Program places emphasis on performance practice, theory, counterpoint, computer music, orchestration and arranging. There are also unique opportunities for film scoring and writing for theatre in collaboration with faculty from respective departments.

Victory Vertical Concert with Steinway Artist Garik Pedersen

May 25th 7:00 PM

Dr. Garik Pedersen first heard about the O.D.G.I. “Victory Vertical” pianos during an impromptu interview with Henry Z. Steinway in his office at Steinway Hall in New York City a few months before Mr. Steinway’s death in 2008.  Since then he has become increasingly fascinated with this incredible story.  Pedersen, a Steinway Artist, has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Europe, Asia, Canada, and Central America.  He has presented programs for the U.S. State Department, the National Federation of Music Clubs, Music Teachers National Association, the European Piano Teachers Association, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Associations, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and on numerous public television and radio broadcasts. Currently a professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University, Dr. Pedersen has taught undergraduate and graduate students from many U.S. states and 17 other countries, producing prizewinners in national and international—as well as numerous regional and state–competitions.

A student of Wesley True at the University of Central Missouri, which awarded him its Distinguished Alumnus in Music in 2010, he was the final DMA piano student of John Simms at the University of Iowa, graduating in 1986. Gary is a past president of Michigan Music Teachers Association, which honored him with its Distinguished Service Award in 2016.  He received the Michigan Touchstone Award in 2017 in recognition of his “commitment to Michigan’s artistic excellence and his advocacy for the arts.”  He is listed in the 2018 edition of Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education.

4/12 Dan Kennedy in Concert

April 12th 7PM


Dan Kennedy is an award-winning composer, pianist and recording artist whose music has been lauded across the country for its style and feeling. Classically trained at the Oberlin and New England Conservatories, his sound is a unique balance of energy and stillness. Dan’s music has reached #7 on the ZMR Top 100; and #4 on the OWM Top 100, where he was also named 2d in the 2016 People’s Choice Award. Having performed in 21 states, he recently appeared on the 2019 Whisperings Solo Piano Discovery Concert in Atlanta, GA. During his steady rise in the last decade, Dan has had the fortune to work with such artists as Joe Bongiorno, Will Ackerman, Charles Neville, T-Bone Wolk, Steve Holley, David Rose, and Glen Velez. Dan’s music has had four publishers and been heard on 250 radio stations around the world, and is in current rotation at SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, and Music Choice. Dan lives in a farmhouse in Amherst, Massachusetts.

”Kennedy’s piano compositions are praised for their sophisticated

sensibility and their variety – from rhythmic energy to humorous

reflection on daily life to soulful, reflective melodies.”

-The Franklin (Maine) Journal

3/30 Kate Skinner in Concert

March 30th 7PM


Jazz pianist and vocalist Kate Skinner maintains an active performing, composing, and teaching career in the western United States. A native of Ogden, Utah, Skinner pulls influences from the bluegrass and classical roots of her childhood into both her songwriting and performing as a jazz musician. In her teenage and college years, Kate delved into R&B, funk, and hip hop, genres that also continually find their way into her musical explorations helping to create her own unique voice. Part of this unique voice is an obsession with alternative keyboard instruments and a study of the great keyboardists of jazz, rock, and funk.

As a pianist, Dr. Skinner is in demand in a variety of performance styles and has performed with the Downbeat-award-winning jazz band from the University of Northern Colorado, Jazz Lab Band I among many other established large and small jazz ensembles. Her work as a vocalist has seen much success among a wide audience of listeners across genres. Kate’s compositions and playing have won multiple awards, including a Downbeat award for Outstanding Vocal Performance and a Jazz Education Network award for composition.

2014 saw the release of two new albums that Kate was highly involved in, one of which is a straight-ahead jazz quartet called Divergent featuring her writing and performing. The second is Born to Wander a bass-guitar-voice trio with Erik Applegate and Steve Kovalcheck. The group is founded in jazz and explores interpreting classic folk and rock tunes along with jazz standards. Kate believes that the pursuit of honest and creative projects is the lifeblood of any artist and she strives to continually push herself and widen her scope to new influences and excitements.

Skinner is currently a jazz lecturer at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, where she directs Jazz Band II and teaches multiple courses in jazz studies. She holds M.M. and D.A. degrees in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado.

University of Idaho in Concert

University of Idaho Music Department


Saturday, Dec 8 at 7:00pm


The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Collegiate Chapter at the University of Idaho is one of the most active collegiate chapters in the region. They are a group of undergraduate and graduate students that have a shared love for music and teaching, and contribute their time and talents to performing, conducting research, and organizing outreach activities. Their chapter has conducted and presented research at conferences, performed, and competed at MTNA events across the country.
This chapter been selected to present at the MTNA Collegiate Chapter Piano Pedagogy Symposium on January 4-5, 2019 at the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In addition to presenting their topic “Developing the “High Tech” Pianist: A Toolbox for Teaching Technique to Young Beginners,” they will also have the opportunity to attend other lectures, sessions, and workshops related to piano pedagogy that will enhance our knowledge and ideas for becoming better teachers. More importantly, we will be able to expand our professional network by meeting, interacting, and making connections with collegiate chapters from other institutions as well as experts in the field of piano pedagogy. As a non-profit organization, their chapter relies on grants and donations to help fund their travels to present and attend conferences around the country such as the Piano Pedagogy Symposium in VA.The faculty members that are performing in this Friends of Steinway Concert represent performances in Russia, Korea, Costa Rica, France, Albania, Greece, Mexico, Switzerland, New Zealand, Turkey and many states from around the USA. On top of their teaching and school responsibilities they are active clinicians, recording their own CD’s, performing solo concerts, performing soloists with orchestras, collaborative musicians and more.The performance will be in the Cooper Recital Hall of Steinway Piano Gallery, located at 13418 East Nora Avenue, in the Spokane Valley. The performers will be playing on two beautiful Steinway designed grand pianos.Come celebrate this Christmas Season with these terrific students and their wonderful Lionel Hampton School of Music Faculty.