Wyoming Arts Council

Piatigorsky Foundation Tours


Since 1990, The Piatigorsky Foundation has presented more than 3,560 performances, introducing the joy of live classical music in communities throughout the country. Our artists play for audiences including seniors, schoolchildren, the economically disadvantaged, and those living in geographically remote areas.

Drachman and Stevenson with Schoolchildren - NM

The foundation differs from traditional arts organizations in that we perform in non-traditional venues and present music in a highly communicative format that is geared to each particular audience.

Piatigorsky Foundation musicians are chosen for their artistry and ability to engage audiences through lively discussion. In performances that are both entertaining and informative, the artists share anecdotes and insights into the works they will perform. The hour-long concerts take place in informal settings including retirement communities, schools, churches, synagogues, hospitals, workplaces, libraries and community centers . . . virtually anywhere people gather. By bringing musicians into familiar, intimate surroundings and creating a lively concert format, we make classical music accessible to a diverse and often uninitiated population.

Program goals

  • Enrich community life by bringing extraordinary musical talent to underserved audiences
  • Create a broader base for the art form by developing new audiences
  • Offer meaningful performance opportunities for established and emerging artists
  • Make live classical music an integral part of everyday life for communities across the United States

Wyoming Programs

Through generous support from the Muriel and Seymour Thickman Family Charitable Foundation Wyoming has been lucky enough to receive two tours a year since April of 2004.  During the fall and the spring, the foundation offers, through assistance of the Wyoming Arts Council, the ability to offer an “east” and “west” tour.  The foundation has presented over 120 concerts and master classes in Wyoming in over 50 communities underserved by the arts.

Videos of Some of the Amazing Piatigorsky Foundation Artists

Richard Dowling

 Rodrigo Garciarroyo