Roomful of Pianos

Each January in Anaheim CA, one of the country’s greatest musical possibilities is hidden in plain sight. Over 80 pianos – polished, tuned, and ready to play – are presented in Lounge 88 at The NAMM Show.

In 2018, this Roomful of Pianos will welcome a new annual event featuring spectacular multiple piano music, where pianists from around the country will perform symphonic arrangements, jazz explorations, and clangorous delights for dozens of players at the nation’s foremost assemblage of pianos.

2018 Program

All performances begin at 5:30pm, in Lounge 88 at The NAMM Show (in the Anaheim Convention Center).  The Saturday program will be followed by a reception and Schubertiade open to all participating pianists.
Sign up to perform.

Thursday, January 25: For 10 Pianos

Duke Ellington, “Come Sunday” (arr. Keith McCutchen)
Leonard Bernstein, “Mambo” (arr. John Musto)

Conductor: Jed Distler

Friday, January 26: For 20 Pianos

Emmanuel Chabrier, España (arr. John Serry)
Richard Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries (arr. Richard Blackford)

Conductor: Kimo Furumoto

Saturday, January 27: For 50+ Pianos

Gustav Holst, The Planets: Jupiter (arr. Greg Anderson)
John Philip Sousa, Stars and Stripes Forever (arr. Morton Gould)

Conductors: Kimo Furumoto and Gordon Goodwin


Room To Grow

Roomful of Pianos will also feature educational workshops and career development sessions, presented by industry experts. All events will be open to all NAMM members and Roomful of Pianos participants.
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The Unseen Artist

In addition, the NAMM Museum of Making Music is partnering with the Piano Technicians Guild and Foundation to celebrate the often unknown or misunderstood art of the piano technician. A unique and engaging display will be located just outside Lounge 88.

Get in the Room!

NAMM cordially invites pianists from around the country to come play with us! Pianists may sign up to perform for one, two, or all three nights, depending on your ability and availability.

Roomful of Pianos Steering Committee

Tracy Cowden, Virginia Tech
Jed Distler, Composers Collaborative
Aaron Friedman, Make Music Alliance
Martha Hilley, Butler School of Music at UT Austin
Gary Ingle, Music Teachers National Association
William Pelto, College Music Society
Richard Rejino, National Piano Foundation
Betty Anne Younker, University of Western Ontario
Emily White, Special Music School, Kaufman Music Center‎

Featured Pianists

Alexander Anderson, Susan Boettger, Myron Brown, Donayle Cardenas, John C. Carpenter, Hsiao-Ching Chao, Jennifer Chu, Joel Clifft, Tracy CowdenJo Ellen DeVilbiss, David Dik, Jacopo Giacopuzzi, John Hord, Katheryn Klein, Qingqing Kong, Karstin Lake, Carol Man Lee, Wenye Li, Christina LoprioreOwen Lovell, Tommaso Maganzani, Kendra Morris, Beth NamTess Nielsen, Fabri Novo, William Pelto, Charles Ritter, Peter Stevenson, Jordan Thomas, Abigail Thomsen, Connie Tu, Milos VeljkovicEmily WhiteRosalind Wong, Zhouyang Zheng... and more to come!

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Music Education Days and GenNext 

Don't already have a badge for the NAMM Show? Roomful of Pianos participants may attend by registering through the Music Education Days or GenNext programs.
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Click here for more information, and the opportunity to perform at the inaugural Roomful of Pianos.