The 3rd Annual Steinway Piano Concert Series in Cannon Beach opens Friday, September 13, 7pm featuring "Rising Star" Gabriele Strata, considered one of the leading Italian pianists of his generation. This concert is free and open to the public, sponsored by Portland Piano International as part of the "Rising Stars" piano concerts. Another "Rising Star," Simon Karakulidi will perform a classical piano recital at Cannon Beach Community Church on Wednesday, November 13th, at 7pm. "Rising Stars" are up-and-coming pianists who are selected by Portland Piano International from around the world. They are the concert pianists of the future. These young artists perform multiple recitals across Oregon, to communities outside of the Portland Metro area. Rising Stars recitals are held in more intimate settings such as Cannon Beach Community Church. Rising Stars performers often speak directly to the audience and introduce their pieces. Portland Piano International thanks the generous sponsors who have made the Rising Star series possible including Herbert A. Templeton Foundation; ESCO Foundation; and the Jackson Foundation. "Rising Star," Gabriele Strata is hailed as “a brilliant talent with extraordinary sensitivity and superb technique.” Gabriele recently won First Prize at the XXXV Premio Venezia, the prestigious Italian piano competition where he was awarded the Plaque of the President of the Italian Republic and the Medal of the Italian Senate. The Italian government previously recognized his artistic achievements in 2016 when he was awarded the Medal of the Italian Parliament. Mr. Strata's concert is free and open to the public.