Piastro Piano Festival

At the piano with love, with Elena Piastro.  

The Cossack Foundation was proud to host this event where people enjoyed performances by the first place festival winners along with featured pianist Denis Evstuhin of St. Petersburg, Russia.  

The festival hosted a contest for students, 7 through 19 years old, in several categories, all judged by experienced pianists.  Winners won cash prizes and had the opportunity to perform at the festival!

Creative Direction of the festival and evening concert is provided by Elena Piastro. Piastro is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia where many of her Russian students were winners of local, county and international young musician's competitions. Most recently she arranged a cultural exchange program where her American students met with Russian students in St, Petersburg for an international piano concert. She currently teaches advanced piano in her home studio as well as The St. Paul Conservatory of Music.