CCM Professor of Collaborative Piano Sandra Rivers will perform in three concerts at the Phoenix Chamber Music Society’s Eighth Winter Festival next week.

Rivers will play piano in concert with violist and violinist Nokuthula Ngwenyama on Sunday, March 5 and she will join clarinetist David Shifrin to play works by Brahms on Monday, March 6. Both concerts will be held in private homes in Phoenix, Arizona.

On Wednesday, March 8, Rivers will play a concert of works by Beethoven and Mozart with Shifrin, clarinet; Stephen Taylor, oboe; Julie Feves, bassoon; Frank Morelli, bassoon; William Purvis, horn, and fellowship students from the Yale School of Music. The concert will be held at the Music Pavilion of the iconic Taliesin West home, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The national historic landmark is located in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Society invited Rivers to perform in place of classical pianist André Watts, who is unable to attend the festival. To learn more about the Phoenix Chamber Music Society’s Winter Festival, visit

Sandra RiversA Steinway artist, Sandra Rivers has performed throughout the world, including Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Japan, among others. Rivers has appeared at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Tanglewood, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Aspen, the Kennedy Center and on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center. In addition to her solo career, Rivers has become widely known for her concert partnerships with many of the world’s leading soloists including Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen Battle, Kyung-Wha Chung, Anne Akiko Meyers, Elmar Oliveira, Cho-Liang Lin, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg among others. Her collaborations with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and with Sarah Chang have twice taken her onto the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and with Jay Leno. Recently, Rivers was invited to attend the 12th annual “Breakfast of Champions” hosted by the University of Cincinnati’s Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program. She was nominated to attend the breakfast because of her hard work and dedication to students.

About The Phoenix Chamber Music Society
The Phoenix Chamber Music Society opened its first season in 1961 with a series of four concerts at the Phoenix Art Museum, performed by a quartet of Phoenix Symphony Orchestra members. The following season, the society brought three touring groups to play before sold-out audiences at Longview Elementary School and, before long, moved to the Kerr Studio. Louise Kerr (1891-1977), an avid chamber music player, was a founder and enthusiastic supporter of the Society. She and co-founder Lewis J. Ruskin proved to be a magical team and, in 1975, the Society outgrew the Studio and moved to the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. We continue our commitment to bring the finest chamber music in the world to the Valley for our 57th season at Camelback Bible Church.

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