May 9th - 14th, 2021

Pierce Emata - piano

Piano Adjudicator Pierce Emata
Currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, Pierce Emata is on the summer piano faculty at the internationally renown Interlochen Arts Camp, which brings together 2700 students from 50 countries annually, where he teaches master classes and private lessons to gifted students. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where he coached with international concert artists Alfonso Montecino, John Ogdon, and Gyorgy Sebok. He has also coached with Istvan Nadas, as well as John Simms. He has appeared in many solo and orchestral concert series, such as the Dame Myra Hess nationally broadcast concerts in Chicago. His popular series of informal commentary concerts, trademarked and titled Concerts & Conversation, has been widely presented throughout the midwestern and western United States, with broadcasts on NPR affiliates in various states. He has been awarded artist grants and fellowships from the Indiana, South Dakota and Nevada arts councils in recognition for his work in concertizing, recording, advanced teaching, and composition. He has concertized throughout the United States and abroad; in 2017 and 2019 he performed in Pune, India, and will return to India in 2021 for concerts and master classes, as well as in Japan. He is in demand as a juror for various competitions across the country and abroad such as the Music Teachers National Association's Divisional and State competitions, and abroad with the Musiquest National India Piano Competition. He is also in demand as a presenter and conference artist to state music teacher organizations and universities, speaking on best practices in teaching and performing, style interpretation, playing technique, and career coaching to enable students to become credible 21st century musicians.

Important News!

Registration for Musicfest Northwest 2021 HAS BEEN SUSPENDED! New Masterclass Series Announced.

Masterclass Series 2021


Masterclass Series May 10-14, 2021 – Please see schedules for more information

Location Information

All master classes will be held at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox except the piano division which will be held at Steinway of Spokane in the Recital Room.


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Virtuoso Level
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Virtuoso Level
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Hank & Kay Benson - Ballet Division
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Recital Level

Mike & Barb Canton - Reed Division

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Please see News for more information on COVID-19 and how we are dealing with this year's Festival.