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 judged 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, Reno Music Festival, Seattle Steinway Competition, Spokane Piano Competition, Musicfest Northwest, GMCC Piano Competition, Portland Young Pianists Competition, and Washington and Idaho MTNA Piano Competitions. He was also invited to give master classes for the Boise Tuesday Musicale 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, his students have won top prizes in many competitions, including Third Prize in the National Finals of the MTNA Junior Piano Performance Competition, as well as two other MTNA national finalists. Other student awards include first prizes in the Mondavi Center National Young Artist Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs Stillman Kelley National Award, and multiple first prizes in the Coeur d'Alene Symphony National Young Artist Competition, Vancouver Symphony Young Artists Competition, Steinway & Sons Piano Competition, Portland Young Pianists Competition, Washington Outstanding Artist Competition, Oregon MTNA Piano Competition (Junior, Senior and Young Artist Piano divisions), Spokane Piano Competition, Central Oregon Symphony Young Artists Competition, Monday Musical Club Scholarship Competition, Oregon Symphony Wiscarson Competition, Beaverton Symphony Young Artists Competition, Eugene Symphony Young Artist Competition, Portland Youth Philharmonic Concerto Competition and American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition, among others. His students 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 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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