Pianofest in the Hamptons

Dear Pianofest Family,

I know I speak for all of the Pianofest family that we are excited once again to have students who will be performing in front of live audiences. One of our treasured alums, Zsolt Bognár, very touchingly expressed what it meant to him for Pianofest to be back in its traditional way.

“It was a deeply meaningful experience for us to return to Pianofest this past summer to do what we have devoted our entire lives to: sharing music with our cherished audience. Our return to the Hamptons was for most of us the first chance in over a year to perform. Doing this in a setting that contains some of the best memories that have shaped our development creates a feeling difficult to replicate.” – Zsolt Bognár

Pianofest at Claude's

You’re Invited:

Celebrate July 4th with Pianofest

at Claude’s Restaurant, Southampton Inn

Pianofest is celebrating our Nation’s birthday with music and delicious treats on July 4th at the Southampton Inn. This event will take place on on Monday, July 4 between 6 PM and 9 PM in Claude’s Restaurant, 91 Hill Street, Southampton.

The festivities begin at 6 PM with cocktails and a sing-along with Michael Errico, Konstantin Soukhovetski, and Pianofest artists playing some of your favorite melodies from Broadway and beyond.

Next, from 7 PM to 9 PM, dinner will be served featuring imaginative and fun pairings of culinary delights prepared by Chef Giancarlo Dellanzo, the new chef of Claude’s Restaurant. Accompanying this feast, listen to beloved classical hits performed by Pianofest’s international award-winning pianists.

The price for this special evening will be $100 per person, excluding tax, gratuity, and drinks. Seating is limited, so make your reservations soon. Please call Jan at 631 283 6500 x 512 or email JMackin@southamptoninn.com.

Join us for this fun evening!


Introducing Our Students

In order to share the excitement of Pianofest in a timely fashion for this summer, we are going to send out, via email, information in advance about some of our performers. Please look for these notices, which will be sent out throughout the summer.


Rishi Mirchandani

Rishi Mirchandani

Mannes School of Music

Rishi Mirchandani is an Indian-American pianist based in New York City. At 18, he debuted with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra after amassing six first-prize awards in major national and international competitions for young artists. Mirchandani has appeared at Carnegie Hall at age 12, Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, Centro Cultural de Belém in Portugal, and Real Collegio di Lucca in Italy. Mirchandani’s 2014 recording of Nancy Galbraith’s Three Preludes for Piano was featured on the acclaimed album Strange Travels on the Centaur label, featured on the “Want List” in Fanfare Magazine.

Mirchandani is a native of Pittsburgh, where he studied with Luz Manríquez. In 2019, he graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. While pursuing his mathematics studies, he also studied piano with Elizabeth Parisot and founded the Yale Undergraduate Piano Collective. In 2021, Mirchandani completed his master’s degree in piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music as winner of the President’s Award, and as a pupil of Jeffrey Cohen and Solomon Mikowsky. He is currently pursuing a Professional Studies Diploma at the Mannes School of Music with Thomas Sauer. Rishi likes to spend his free time cooking up curries, pastas, stir fries, desserts, and elaborate pranks on his friends.


Caroline Owen

Caroline Owen

Florida State University

A native of Atlanta, GA, Caroline Owen frequently performs as a soloist and collaborator. She has played in venues across the U.S. and in Europe, including Wiener Saal and Solitär at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. After winning the 2018 Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta Competition, Owen received a scholarship to study at the Mozarteum with Dominique Merlet and Christopher Hinterhuber. Owen performed at the American Liszt Society Conference and appeared as soloist with the Furman University Symphony Orchestra and, most recently, the Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra for the premiere of Donald Yu’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Owen participated in Atlantic Music Festival’s Summer Piano Institute, PianoTexas Young Artists Program, and Prague Piano Festival. She had additional studies with Philippe Bianconi, Joel Hastings, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Louis Nagel, Elizabeth Pridonoff, Ann Schein, and Boris Slutsky. 

Owen particularly enjoys combining her passions for music and dance in ongoing collaborations with Houston-based composer Badie Khaleghian, with whom she produced a multimedia work entitled Life Suite, and they will be premiering “Electric Sky Blue” in spring 2022. She is currently pursuing graduate studies under David Kalhous at Florida State University. In her free time, Caroline enjoys gardening, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


Michael Davidman

Michael Davidman

International Center for Music

Michael Davidman placed first in the Pre-College Concerto Competition in all three age categories (10, 12 and 16) as a pre-college studio at Manhattan School of Music. At 13, he was chosen by Lang Lang’s management to perform in the 2010 Lang Lang masterclass at Manhattan School of Music. In 2018, Michael won first prize at the New York International Piano Competition. As soloist, he has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Concerti Sinfonietta, the NY Chamber Orchestra, and more. He has given recitals at the Burgos International Music Festival, Teatro Alfieri, and in St. Petersburg, Russia with the International Academy of Music, among others. Michael has also performed on WHYY “Curtis On Stage”, WQXR McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase, WSKG-FM Expressions Series, and NPR’s “From the Top.”


We look forward to seeing you very soon this summer!

Remember to purchase a subscription to all five Monday evening concerts:

June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1.



Pianofest in the Hamptons

P.O. BOX 639

Hudson, OH 44236


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