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Concert featuring Metropolitan Opera Soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra, Internationally Acclaimed Virtuoso Violinist Eric Silberger, and Renowned Pianist Carlin Ma.


Portland, OR (December 28, 2016) – The HAWAII INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL announces a special concert on February 2nd with internationally acclaimed artists New York Metropolitan Opera Soprano AMY SHOREMOUNT-OBRA, XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition Prize Winning Virtuoso Violinist ERIC SILBERGER and renowned chamber pianist and recitalist CARLIN MA. The concert will be held at Portland’s historic Old Church at 7:30 p.m. with ROBERT McBRIDE of KQAC All Classical Portland as the host.

“The Hawaii International Music Festival was created to bring classical, interdisciplinary concerts to areas of Hawaii where classical music performances are not often heard,” said the Festival Artistic Director and pianist Carlin Ma. “2017 begins our second season and we’re very excited to start it in Portland, a community with a diverse and rich history of world-class music.”

The Portland concert, which will raise funds for the Festival, will feature vocal music by Mendelssohn, Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Lehar and Bachelet, violin selections by Piazzolla, Bach and Sarasate, and a solo piano solo by Debussy.

Tickets may be purchased here (and at the door):

About the Artists

Soprano AMY SHOREMOUNT-OBRA made her New York Metropolitan Opera Debut in 2014 as “First Lady” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Recent engagements have included “Donna Anna” in Don Giovanni (Venture Opera), “Marchesa” in Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno (Odyssey Opera of Boston), “Fiordiligi” in Cosi fan tutte (Annapolis Opera), “Leonore” in Beethoven’s Fidelio (Grand Harmonie), the soprano soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G at Carnegie Hall, and Verdi’s Requiem at David Geffen Hall. 2016-17 engagements include a concert at Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ; Nabucco, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni at The Metropolitan Opera; “Clytemnestra” in Randall Eng’s Before the Night Sky as part of Opera America’s New Opera Showcase, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the New Choral Society. She returns to the Metropolitan Opera stage for the 2017-18 season.

Virtuoso violinist ERIC SILBERGER is a prize winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. His performances have been described by critics as “spine-tingling…astonishing” (The Guardian), “dazzling virtuoso playing” (The Washington Post), “impeccable level of playing, a wonderful musician” (Heather Kurzbauer, The Strad), and “ ….he has got everything in his favour, technique, composure and personality. We are on the eve of a great soloist” (El Pais, Spain). Mr. Silberger received a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Mentors have included Glenn Dicterow, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Robert Mann, and Dorothy Delay, Maestro Lorin Maazel, among others. Mr. Silberger plays on a rare 1757 J.B. Guadagnini violin on generous loan from the Sau-Wing Lam collection.

International pianist CARLIN MA dedicates her life to music and arts, including solo piano, chamber music, photography, and multidisciplinary projects.  She has performed for audiences at prestigious venues and festivals including the Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, Hawaii International Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Capella Hall and Philharmonic Hall of St. Petersburg, Russia, and Tanglewood Music Festival. She finds it equally meaningful to initiate performances in local venues, including the inaugural MusiciansGoogle series in Seattle. Special merit recognitions include semifinalist in the San Antonio International Piano Competition and Oberlin Piano International Competition. She holds a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University. Her mentors include Menahem Pressler, Yoshi Nagai, Arnaldo Cohen, Evelyne Brancart, Emile Naoumoff, and Karen Taylor. 

The Hawaii International Music Festival is a non-profit corporation registered in the state of Hawaii. To learn more, please visit the Festival website: More information can also be found on the Old Church website:

Contact Info
Hawaii Int. Music Festival
c/o Rusty's Hawaiian
PO Box 845
Pahala, HI 96777

Phone: (909) 353-3686