The Wassermann Festival

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Join Us for Summer Piano Festival 2022!


The Wassermann Festival is an annual piano series hosted by the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. Founded in 1980 by Irving Wassermann, the series has featured acclaimed soloists such as Krystian Zimerman, Sergey Babayan, Daniil Trifonov, the Brad Mehldau Trio, Stephen Hough, Marc-André Hamelin, and Yundi Li. The exceptional setting of our festival in the picturesque Cache Valley combined with the world-class Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University make the Wassermann Festival a major arts event each year. Alongside presenting world-class performing artists, we are committed to the late Irving Wassermann’s vision of maximizing the educational impact these artists have on aspiring music students. For all Wassermann guest artists, USU students will enjoy the unique opportunity to work closely with the artists in inspiring masterclasses free and open to the public.

We would like to thank Dean Rachel Nardo of the Caine College of the Arts, Music Department Head Cindy Dewey, and a number of individual supporters, without whom this series would not be possible. If you would like to contribute to the Wassermann series in any amount, we enthusiastically welcome your support to bring these memorable events to Logan. To make a tax-deductible donation, or for more details about the series, please email Dr. Cahill Smith. We also invite you to follow our piano program on Instagram and Facebook to stay up-to-date on exciting developments in our program and students.

2021-22 Season

Gabriela Montero, December 8-9

Gabriela Montero

About the Artist


December 8, 7:30 PM - recital
December 9, 10:00 AM - masterclass


  • Sergei Prokofiev - Sarcasms: Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 17
  • Sergei Prokofiev - Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff - Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36
  • Igor Stravinsky - Piano Sonata (1924)
  • Gabriela Montero - Improvisations

Recital Tickets

Daria Rabotkina, March 22-23

Daria Rabotkina

About the Artist


March 22, 7:30 PM - recital
March 23, 10:00 AM - masterclass


  • Frédéric Chopin Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
  • Enrique Granados Goyescas, Op. 11: Quejas, o La Maja y el ruiseñor
  • Johannes Brahms Sixteen Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9
  • Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Minor, BWV 853
  • Alexander Scriabin Twenty-four Preludes, Op. 11:  No. 19 in E-flat Major
  • Samuel Barber Piano Sonata in E-flat Minor, Op. 26

Recital Tickets

Map and Parking

All Wassermann Festival concerts and classes are presented in the Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall.

Limited parking may be available in the Orange lot adjacent to the Performance Hall and the Chase Fine Arts Center.

Other parking options include:

  • The Blue lot on the south side of 400 North
  • The Green lot adjacent to the Utah Public Radio Station
  • The Blue lot adjacent to the USU Dairy
  • The Blue Lot across the street from the Fine Arts Center The USU Parking Terrace

Please arrive early, as close proximity parking may be full. Drivers are welcome to drop off passengers in front of the Performance Hall.


Wassermann Festival contact: Cahill Smith