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Meet our 2018 Artists in Residence | We are introducing our largest Artist roster ever, with eight stellar musicians joining us at pianoSonoma this summer. Meet our first ever clarinetist, three pianists, two violinists, flutist, and cellist here.

2018 pianoSonoma Music Festival at Sonoma State University | We are excited to announce that participant applications are now open for our 2018 summer festival in California. Learn more here.

2017 Annual Gala Fundraising Concert | We are devastated by the wildfires that have destroyed so much of our beloved Sonoma and Napa counties. As a result, we will be donating 50% of all net ticket proceeds to relief efforts in the area. Join us on Thursday, November 2 at the Yamaha Artist Salon in New York City for our annual musical soiree, featuring our fabulous Artists in Residence. Learn more here.

Summer Night Soiree with City Cooking West End | We are thrilled to partner for the first time with City Cooking West End to offer an intimate concert with seasonal wine and food pairings. Join Artists Kara Dugan, Peter Dugan, Doori Na, Jessica Shinn, and Michael Shinn on Tuesday, June 13 for a delicious dinner and some music. Learn more here.

What is pianoSonoma?

2018 California Festival Dates
Session I: Sunday, July 22 – Saturday, July 28
Session II: Sunday, July 29 – Saturday, August 4

About Us | pianoSonoma is a music festival that brings together Artists in Residence, current conservatory music majors or recent graduates, and adult musicians to collaborate and perform in private and public concerts and community workshops in Sonoma and Napa Counties, CA. This intersection of Artists in Residence and our adult participants creates a rich and vibrant experience for everyone.

We keep our program uniquely small in order to create the most supportive and collegial atmosphere possible. Each week-long session offers private lessons taught by Juilliard faculty, guided rehearsals, daily masterclasses and public performances.

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Programs We Offer | We pride ourselves in offering programs of the highest musical quality. Our Solo Instrument + Duo program is perfect for adult musicians of all levels of experience, while our Solo Instrument + Trio program is an exclusive program designed for our most advanced and experienced participants.

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Our History | pianoSonoma co-founders and Artistic Directors Jessica and Michael Shinn met as students at The Juilliard School in New York City, and after spending time in the beautiful wine regions of California, the two Yamaha Artists were inspired to create a summer music festival in Sonoma County. The combination of wine and music is a natural fit, and the location is a beautiful one for musical stimulation.

After launching the festival in 2011, which is partially geared towards adult musicians of all backgrounds, they launched the Young Artist program in 2012, which has now evolved into a prestigious Artist in Residence program, bringing the next generation of professional musicians to the area to collaborate with pianoSonoma’s adult participants. Read more.

Read what our participants are saying here.

pianoSonoma, a Unique Music Festival in the Sonoma Wine Country


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Ron and Mike for pianoSonoma
Emi and Peter 2015
Jessica and Michael Shinn
Emi and Peter 2015
pianoSonoma Masterclasses
Schroeder Hall Concerts
Artists in Residence in Rehearsal 2014
Thomas Feng pianoSonoma Young Composer 2014
Yamaha RemoteLesson