May 9th - 14th, 2021

Pierce Emata - piano

Piano Adjudicator Pierce Emata
Presently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, Pierce Kagari Emata has presented his popular Concerts & Conversation (TM) series throughout the western and Midwestern U.S., in addition to orchestral appearances. He received his Bachelor and Master's degrees in Piano Performance at Indiana University, coaching with notable concert artists such as Alfonso Montecino, John Ogdon, and Gyorgy Sebok. In addition he has coached with John Simms and Istvan Nadas. He appeared twice in the "Sunday Afternoon at Cantigny" series and the nationally broadcast Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, both in Chicago. His performances have also been broadcast over NPR affiliate stations in Washington, Nevada Public Radio, and South Dakota Public Radio.

Featured in the 2010 Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts, Mr. Emata is also active as a teacher, adjudicator, and has served as an advisory panelist for the Indiana Arts Commission.  He is on the summer piano faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. From 2006-2008 he served as the state president of the Nevada Music Teachers Association, and has also served on the jury for the Music Teachers National Association's Southwest Division piano competition. Mr. Emata is presently working on a CD scheduled to be released in September 2010, featuring the recording world premiere of American composer Michael Colina's Sestina Mutations.

Important News!

Registration for Musicfest Northwest 2021 will open January 1st, 2021. Online registration deadline is March 5th, 2021

Online Registration


The complete syllabus is now available for all categories.

New Educational Programs!


This year's festival takes place May 9th - 14th, 2021

Young Artist Concert: Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at 7:30pm

Festival Highlights Concert: Friday May 14th, 2021 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 2021 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!

In the meantime, your donation to the Festival helps immensely in keeping future editions of this wonderful even alive and because as a non-profit organization, we rely on the generous support of our members.

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