Rachmaninov Festival 1

While health officials manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, the Seattle Symphony has made the difficult decision to cancel performances through May 31, 2020. All ticket holders will be notified.

With their unforgettable melodies and astonishing technical feats, Rachmaninov’s piano concertos are the ultimate vehicles for artistry and virtuosity. This two-night festival lets you trace the evolution of an iconoclastic composer while discovering new stars from around the world, including Japan’s Aimi Kobayashi and St. Louis' Dominic Cheli. Rachmaninov was a staggeringly talented teenager himself when he made his public debut as a composer and performer.


Dates and Tickets

  • 21 May (Thu) 2020 7:30PM

Running time

1 hour, 20 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Ryan Bancroft


In April 2018 Ryan Bancroft won both the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the prestigious Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen. His conducting, without a baton, impressed the jury, players and audience alike and drew high praise for its natural fluidity, intense focus and the beautiful shaping of the music.

Dominic Cheli


Dominic Cheli’s playing has been described as “spontaneous yet perfect, the best of how a young person can play.” (Symphony Magazine). He enjoys a rapidly advancing career, including his Walt Disney Concert Hall Debut with legendary conductor Valery Gergiev, his Carnegie Hall Recital Debut, as well as upcoming CDs on the Naxos label.

Aimi Kobayashi


Aimi Kobayashi has come under a spotlight- she is a leading Japanese young pianist who will surely make the world her stage. From the age of eight, she was a pupil of Yuko Ninomiya. She enrolled in Toho Gakuen Music High School on a full scholarship in 2011, then moved to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2013 where she continues her study under Meng-Chieh Liu.

Seattle Symphony

Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.


Rach Fest is generously underwritten by Nader and Oraib Kabbani. Aimi Kobayashi's performance is generously underwritten by the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation.