Mar 20, 2019

Chamber Music Northwest Names New Artistic Leaders

Soovin Kim, violin and Gloria Chien, piano
Soovin Kim, violin and Gloria Chien, piano

The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary since Chamber Music Northwest was founded. It is also the 40th and final year of leadership under our esteemed Artistic Director, clarinetist David Shifrin. Shifrin is excited about his last two seasons, as he is realizing programs that have long been on his “bucket list”. Summer Festival 2019 opens with the first-ever International Clarinet Celebration and Competition—a week dedicated to workshops, recitals, instrument demonstrations, commissions, and concerts featuring David’s favorite instrument. David has built the reputation of Chamber Music Northwest through his expansive, innovative and dynamic chamber music programming. We feature chamber music that includes not only the beloved classical works, but also branches out into diverse cultural styles including jazz, tango, folk music and even rock and roll. He continues to champion living artists, both through a robust commissioning program and through the Protégé Project, which has launched the careers of many rising stars in the chamber music world.

Tough shoes to fill! CMNW conducted an extensive international search for David Shifrin’s successor, and in January, announced the husband-wife team of Gloria Chien, piano, and Soovin Kim, violin, to assume the duties of artistic director beginning in October 2020. Chien and Kim are already busy planning the 2020-21 season, and although their position doesn’t officially start for many months, they are spending a great deal of time in Portland, getting to know our community. Gloria and Soovin are co-artistic directors of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, founded by Soovin in 2008. Gloria is also artistic director of the String Theory chamber music series in Chattanooga, T, which she founded in 2009, and has been director of the Chamber Music Institute of the Music@Menlo Festival since 2010. They live in Boston, where Soovin teaches at New England Conservatory.

Gloria and Soovin are making multiple visits to Portland over the next several months, in order to get to know our community. While in town, they have been busy nearly every moment, meeting chamber music supporters, getting to know the CMNW staff and board, and sharing their passion for music education by participating in CMNW’s extensive education and community engagement programs. This month, they worked with BRAVO youth orchestra, Portland’s El Sistema-based program, as well as meeting with CMNW’s education committee to discuss future directions of the program. And they’ll be performing in both the 2019 and 2020 summer festivals as festival artists.

Your support, through GlobalGiving, has helped us build a vibrant organization that is respected worldwide, and certainly drew an impressive number of outstanding candidates for our artistic director search. We feel very lucky to have secured Gloria and Soovin, and almost equally sad that after so many years, to have dropped those programs.

Thank you for your gifts, which are making great music accessible to all!


Dec 19, 2018

Connecting with our Community

Artists-in-Residence Dover Quartet at Ventura Park
Artists-in-Residence Dover Quartet at Ventura Park

Chamber Music Northwest is known for the outstanding artists we bring to Portland for concerts. But an equally important part of our mission is connecting with our community through education and community engagement programs.

To better serve our community, CMNW engages an ensemble to serve as our “Artists in Residence” each season. In addition to their concerts, our Artists-in-Residence commit to numerous education and community engagement activities over the course of two summer festivals, and return visits during the rest of the year. Our 2018-19 Artists-in-Residence are the very popular Dover Quartet, who have already been with us twice this year: July and October 2018. They will return in February and July 2019 for both concerts and community activities.

CMNW has already set a new record, serving 1,680 students and community members this season:

Oct. 5   Dover Quartet performances at Ventura Park Elementary

Oct. 6   Dover Quartet coached Metropolitan Youth Symphony ensembles

Oct. 6   Dover Quartet performance at Pacific Senior Living

Oct. 28 Jeffrey Kahane gave a piano master class at PSU

Oct. 29 Gloria Chien & Soovin Kim performed at Arbor School

Nov. 3 Andrew & Daniel Hsu performed at Willamette View and Laurel Parc retirement homes

Nov. 13 Gilles von Sattel performed for BRAVO at George Middle School

Nov. 16 Akropolis Reed Quintet preformed for homeless teens at p:ear and also worked with BRAVO at Cesar Chavez school

Nov. 19 Canadian Brass gave performances for school groups at Newemark Theatre

Dec. 4 Miró Quartet performed at Ventura Park Elementary

Don’t miss our benefit event dedicated to Education and Community Engagement programs: Monday, February 11th at Portland Playhouse. Spend an evening “Backstage with the Dovers” and have a fun evening learning about CMNW’s community programs and the Dovers’ spectacular rise from CMNW Protégé artists to international stardom.

Your support, through Global Giving, helps us bring outstanding artists to share with our Portland community. Thank you for your gifts, which are making great music accessible to all!


Sep 11, 2018

Chamber Music Northwest 2018-19 Season

Harlem Quartet violinist Melissa White masterclass
Harlem Quartet violinist Melissa White masterclass

Chamber Music Northwest opens its 2018-19 “wet season” of concerts on October 5 with the return of the popular Dover Quartet, our 2018-19 Artists-in-Residence. The Dovers began their residency activities with CMNW during the 2018 Summer Festival—in addition to their October concert, they will return in February and again in July. Each visit to Portland keeps them extremely busy in our community—outreach activities include school visits, coaching local student music ensembles, and playing for those who can’t easily come to the concert hall—senior care facilities, children’s hospitals, drop-in centers for homeless teens, and other venues throughout the Portland metropolitan region.


Our 2018-19 season concerts include:

Dover Quartet: The Ripple of Time—October 5, 7:30pm, PSU Lincoln Performance Hall


Andrew Hsu and Daniel Hsu, Piano Four Hands: November 4, 7:30pm, PSU Lincoln Recital Hall


Canadian Brass: November 19, 7:30pm, Newmark Theatre


Gabriel Kahane 8980: Book of Travelers: January 30, 8:00pm, The Old Church Concert Hall


Dover Quartet: Made in America:  February 13, 7:30pm, The Old Church Concert Hall


Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss, Piano Four Hands: February 24, 7:30pm, Congregation Beth Israel


Shifrin/Polonsky/Wiley Trio: March 30, 7:30pm, The Old Church Concert Hall


Shifrin and Friends Play Schiff: April 25, 7:30pm, Reed College, Kaul Auditorium


In our education programming, our “Adopted School” for the 2018-19 school year is Ventura Park Elementary School in the David Douglas School District (outer East Portland). The school will receive multiple visits from our CMNW artists, beginning with the Dover Quartet in October.


In addition to the concerts and education activities, CMNW will present a number of Chamber Parties, held in private homes, for a chance to meet the artists up-close-and-personal. Chamber Party experiences this fall/winter include:

  • Dover Quartet Returns – October 6, 4:30pm  SOLD OUT
  • The Brothers Hsu (piano 4 hands) – November 3, 4:3pm
  • Others to be announced!



Your support, through GlobalGiving, helps bring these outstanding artists to Oregon, and spend time with music-lovers of all ages in our community.  Thank you for your gifts, which are making great music accessible to all! 


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