The Rising Stars Piano Series was founded in 2003 by SCC board member and pianist, Liliane Questel, a graduate of the Brussels Conservatory and the Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory under the guidance of Leon Fleisher . The series mission focuses on performance opportunities primarily for participants and alumni of Pianofest of the Hamptons. These highly talented pianists attract a loyal following. The Tenth Anniversary Season in 2013 celebrated some of those musicians who by then were not “Rising Stars” anymore but celebrated performers.

Fall 2015 Performances

 Lavrova-Primakov Piano Duo

Works by Scriabin, Rachmninov and Tchaikovsky
Saturday, September 19 • 7 pm

Tomer Gewirtzman

2013-14 Pianofest Distinguished Artist,
First And Audience Prizes Winner of the Aviv Competition in Israel
in Memory of Rafi Guralnik. Gold medal Winner of the 2015 Nena Plant Wideman International Piano Competition
Watch Tomer perform Liszt's Feux Follets
Saturday, October 24 • 7 pm

Hunter Noack
Saturday, November 14 • 7 pm

HunterNoackPosterOur fall season was concluded by fascinating Hunter Noack on November 14 and it was a remarkable performance that will surely linger in the hearts of those who were there. A Pianofest alumnus, Hunter is a true artist in a renaissance sense of the word: a composer for film and theater, an improviser and a champion of new music. With his program "Boyhood" Hunter took us on an intense and surreal musical journey comprised of short works by Schumann, Say, Rzewski, Cage, Ravel, Liszt, Debussy, J.S. Bach & Chopin. In asking the audience not to applaud until the end of the program, Hunter created an intimate atmosphere of profound reflection on the music he played. He read four poems before different style of each composers. Not a cough or a move was heard from the audience. Total absorption, admiration and a spontaneous ovation erupted this transfigurative performance after the last note of Chopin's Third Scherzo. No one left nor moved as Hunter played a Rachmaninov Etude-Tableau as an encore and even then, listeners who usually are in a hurry, took their time to get to the Levitas Gallery to meet and talk to this multi-talented artist who must come back to Rising Stars!

The beloved Anderson & Roe Piano Duo will start the Spring Series on April 2, 2016 with a delectable program not to be missed.  –Liliane Questel


Spring 2016 Performances

We are so excited to bring you more unforgettable music this Spring! Just as we thought our Fall Season was ne plus ultra we are about to elevate you further to the heights of piano delight!
To kick-off our Spring on April 2 we have none other than super star Anderson & Roe Duo who will yet again rally us onto our feet with their unique brand of musicianship, invention and joy! If you haven't seen their creative and visually stunning music videos - run to your computer and google them now!
On April 16 we are putting together a very special evening - our very own kind of a "petite fête" to celebrate the Series and to raise a bit of coin! Silent auction items will be titillating and the champagne will flow not to mention a line up of wonderful cameo performances! Please join us, bring friends and show your support!
Mohamed Shams will debut at the Series on April 30. Stunningly talented Egyptian pianist is a Pianofest alumnus and is not to be missed!
On May 21 Jiayin Shen will conclude our Spring Season with a wonderful evening of romantic rêverie. Jiayin has just returned from her native China where she performed with Yan Tai Symphony orchestra to sold-out houses.
We are so thrilled to be engaging such high caliber talent and bringing their singularly unique voices to You, our audience. Mark your calendars now and let your friends and family know about us via our Facebook page and website.

Anderson - Roe Duo
Saturday, April 2 • 7 pm

Mohamed Shams
Saturday, April 30 • 7 pm

Jiayin Shen
Saturday, May 21 • 7 pm

Purchase Tickets in Advance
Tickets: $20 general admission; students under 21 admitted at no charge.