Pianists Rachelle McCabe, Jean-David Coen, and Thomas Otten will inaugurate a Steinway and Sons grand piano with a Hamburg Steinway celebration concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW Eighth St., Corvallis.
McCabe is a professor of music at Oregon State University, artistic director of Corvallis-OSU Piano International, and co-director of the annual OSU Chamber Music Workshop. She holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the University of Michigan. McCabe, who maintains an active performance schedule, has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia and England.
Coen holds degrees from the Paris Conservatory, Juiliard and Yale, finishing with his doctorate in from the University of Southern California. He toured and gave master classes in both China and Japan as part of Trio Oregon, and has been heard on NPR’s “Performance Today.” Coen is currently an artist in residence at Willamette University in Salem.
Otten, hailed by The New York Times as “an extremely original player who puts a formidable technique at the service of his ideas, “made his debut at age seventeen with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. He has since developed a global profile through performance in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, Sydney, Munich, Frankfort, and Milan. Otten is professor of piano at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is on leave.
The trio will perform solo masterpieces by Bach, Chopin, Schumann, Ravel, Debussy and Liszt, as well as ensembles for four and six hands including a fantasy of music from “The Wizard of Oz.”
The piano, which was built at the company’s German headquarters in Hamburg, was purchased in August 2016 with a donation from an anonymous benefactor who instructed the church to “get the best performance piano you can.”
The concert is free, but donations to the church music fund will be accepted.