May 10th - 15th, 2020

Dr. Renato Fabbro - piano

Piano Adjudicator Renato Fabbro
Pianist Renato Fabbro was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University as a fellowship recipient. He has studied with such renowned pianists as Larry Graham, Angela Cheng and John Perry. Dr. Fabbro has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado Mozart Festival, and Astoria Music Festival. He has performed chamber music recitals with acclaimed violinist Frank Huang and Northwestern University clarinet professor Steven Cohen. As part of the Martingale Ensemble, he recorded a CD for MSR Classics of music by Claude Debussy and Gustav Mahler with members of the Oregon Symphony. He has judged numerous competitions, including the MTNA Northwest Division Piano Competition, Texas Music Teachers Association Performance Competition, Washington Outstanding Artist Competition, Chopin Northwest Competition, Reno Music Festival, Seattle Steinway Competition, Spokane Piano Competition, Musicfest Northwest, GMCC Piano Competition, Portland Young Pianists Competition, Seattle International Piano Festival, and Washington and Idaho MTNA Piano Competitions. He was also invited to give master classes for the Boise chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs, the North Idaho Music Teachers Association, and the Young Artist Master Series in Everett, Washington.

Dr. Fabbro won the Adeline Rosenberg Memorial First Prize in the Fort Collins Symphony National Young Artist Competition as well as first prizes in the Grand Junction Symphony National Young Artist Competition, Colorado State Music Teachers Association Young Artists Piano Competition, Colorado University Honors Competition and several others. He has also won prizes and awards in the Lee Piano Competition, MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition and Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition. He has been a featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony, Coeur d'Alene Symphony and Colorado University Orchestra.   

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Fabbro has had two MTNA national finalists and his students have won multiple first prizes in the Coeur d'Alene Symphony National Young Artist Competition, American Protege International Concerto Competition, MTNA Northwest Division Piano Competition, Vancouver Symphony Young Artists Competition, Steinway & Sons Piano Competition, Portland Young Pianists Competition, Oregon MTNA Piano Competition (Junior, Senior and Young Artist Piano divisions), Spokane Piano Competition, Central Oregon Symphony Young Artists Competition, Portland Monday Musical Club Scholarship Competition, Oregon Symphony Wiscarson Competition, Beaverton Symphony Young Artists Competition, and Oregon Sinfonietta Concerto Competition. His students have also won first prizes in the Mondavi Center National Young Artist Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs Stillman Kelley National Award, Washington Outstanding Artist Competition, Eugene Symphony Young Artist Competition, Portland Youth Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Grand Prize in the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition, second prize in the Enkor Music Competition, third prize in the Arizona Piano Institute Concerto Competition, and were semifinalists in the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Piano Competition. His students have performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra. Dr. Fabbro has served on the faculty of the University of Portland.

Important News!

Registration for Musicfest Northwest 2020 opened on January 1st, 2020. Online registration deadline is March 5th, 2020

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The complete syllabus is now available for all categories.


This year's festival takes place May 10th - 15th, 2020

Young Artist Concert: Wednesday May 13th, 2020 at 7:30pm

Festival Highlights Concert: Friday May 15th, 2020 at 7:30pm

Both concerts take place at the Martin Woldson theatre at the FOX and are FREE and open to the public! Come and support the next generation of artists!

Location Information

All division adjudications take place on the beautiful campus of Gonzaga University.

Organ division takes place at St. John's Cathedral - 127 E. 12th Avenue


As we celebrate our 75th Diamond Anniversary in 2020 we are aiming to make it the best festival yet! We are always in need of sponsors, donors and volunteers. If you have any skills or ideas you would like to present to us please feel free to get in touch!

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