“PIANO DAY is March 28 and April 6, 2020!”

PIANO DAY is March 28 and April 6, 2020!

International Piano Day is the 88th day of the year. (The traditional piano has 88 keys.) This year that lands on March 28, 2020. However, we had intended to celebrate it in Portland on April 6. (That’s because the Bösendorfer Model 290 Imperial piano has 97 keys, and that is worth celebrating!) But, because of the current restrictions on gatherings, we have postponed this celebration until a later date.

Want to learn more? Contact … @portlandpiano.org 

We all love piano music. Please help us support piano and piano education in our community, through this fun and rewarding activity, coming soon!

Where we will be on PIANO DAY 2020

Union Station: 800 NW Sixth Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209 Performers will be found inside in the center of the room.

What is Piano Day?


In 2017, Portland Piano International (SOLO) presented its first Piano Day event to celebrate the 88th day of the year, March 29, 2017 — an official day that had never before been celebrated in the United States!

Four years ago, German pianist Nils Frahm declared the 88th day of each year to be “Piano Day,” a special day to celebrate the piano. The 88th day of the year was chosen because the modern piano (usually) has 88 keys. In 2016, there were more than 20 events held across the globe, from Japan, Australia, Russia, Slovenia, Germany, The Netherlands, Israel, Lithuania, France, the UK and Canada.

How does Piano Day work in Portland?


On Monday, April 6 from 9am to 7pm, there will be one location in the Portland Metro area where you can hear the piano played by local pianists of all ages: Union Station in Northwest Portland.

The choice of music is up to the performer and there are no restrictions on what can be played.

This event is free to the public, but each performer raises funds from the community with a minimum goal of $20 per minute played. A robust software platform is in place to help manage the peer-to-peer fundraising process. The funds raised are used to support the educational programs of Portland Piano International.

Over 80 events around the world are scheduled in honor of Piano Day this year and we can’t wait to have you participate in this international celebration, right here in Portland. Here’s the signup link to play.

Why do performers participate in Piano Day?


Play a fabulous piano. This is a chance to play on a truly great grand piano.

We’re making history. Each time we do this, we are joining pianists around the world celebrating the piano! 

Play on a world stage.  Performances are streamed live and are watched around the globe.

Get swag. After the performances, the participants receive a certificate of participation. They also get their choice of two free tickets to an upcoming Portland Piano International performance (pending availability)!

Help a great nonprofit. Since 1978, Portland Piano International has been bringing some of the best pianists to Portland and providing educational opportunities to teachers, students and the general public through master classes, a summer festival, professional development in rural Oregon, commissioning new works for solo piano, etc.




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