May 9th - 14th, 2021

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 been invited to judge numerous competitions, including the MTNA Northwest Division Piano Competition, Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle Competition, Texas Music Teachers Association Performance Competition, Washington Outstanding Artist Competition, Chopin Northwest Competition, Seattle Steinway Competition, Spokane Piano Competition, Musicfest Northwest, Northern Nevada Steinway Festival, GMCC Piano Competition, Portland Young Pianists Competition, Vancouver Kiwanis 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 and the North Idaho Music Teachers Association, and has been a visiting artist teacher for the Young Artist Master Series of Snohomish County and South King County music teachers associations.
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, MTNA Northwest Division, Vancouver Symphony, Steinway & Sons, Portland Young Pianists, Washington Outstanding Artist, Oregon MTNA (Junior, Senior and Young Artist Piano divisions), Spokane, Central Oregon Symphony, Portland Monday Musical Club Scholarship, Oregon Symphony Wiscarson, Beaverton Symphony, and Oregon Sinfonietta competitions. His students have also won first prizes in the Mondavi Center National Young Artist Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs Stillman Kelley National Award, Eugene Symphony Young Artist Competition, Portland Youth Philharmonic Concerto Competition, American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition (Grand Prize), and have been accepted into top piano performance degree programs, including the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music and Rice University Shepherd School of Music, among others. For twelve years, Dr. Fabbro was a member of the piano faculty of the University of Portland.

Important News!

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

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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!

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