About Clayton Piano Festival


A letter from the Director

Dear friends of music,

As many of you know, I grew up in the Clayton area and it was here that my musical education began as well.  CPF is my way of giving back to a community which gave much to me and to share my love and enthusiasm for great music with as many people as possible. This is, of course, the land of Bluegrass and Country Music, but it is my belief that ‘music is music’ and this ‘classical’ music was written by people who were fundamentally the same as you and me.  They had similar joys, sorrows, hopes, dreams, and the great works which they have created are still with us because they capture this universal essence of what it is to be human and they speak to us in ways which only music can.  Live performance is a vital part of this art form – when a performer is up there on stage tapping in to whatever wizardry the composer may have conjured up and the audience is able to relate and connect with that, there is a shared experience that occurs which is nothing short of magical.  And that is the mission of CPF – to create magic!

Sincerely,

Jonathan Levin

It is the mission of CPF to bring outstanding concert pianists from throughout the country to the Clayton area in order to perform concerts and participate in other musically enriching events throughout the community. Through interactive presentations in local schools, public classes for local piano students, and commentary with the concert performances, CPF aims to bridge the gap between performer and audience, bringing great music to people of all ages and levels of exposure to classical music and the arts.