Inland Empire Pianist Wows New York Audience at Carnegie – Weill Hall Debut

Redlands born pianist Jonathan Mamora continued his winning streak in New York City when he performed at Carnegie-Weill Hall this month, his performance prize for winning the Palm Springs International Piano Competition’s (formerly the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition) 2022 Solo Prize.  New York Concert Reviewer Rorianne Schrade wrote Mamora “possesses a technique so solid that it seemed at times that he couldn’t play a wrong note if he tried. On top of that solidity, he dazzles, with lightning-fast fingers and an encyclopedic array of dynamics and articulations….One looks forward to more from this outstanding pianist. Bravo!”   Visit to read the complete review.

The large audience included over a dozen Desert residents who had traveled to NY to cheer Mamora on Thursday, May 4, 2023, at Carnegie-Weill Hall in New York City.  Local Desert residents will have the opportunity to hear Mamora live in March of 2024 when the Palm Springs International Piano Competition will present Mamora in concert.  Artistic director Robert Koenig says, “I am so proud and thrilled for Jonathan on his successful Carnegie Weill Hall Recital Debut, and grateful to work with an organization that truly cares about the future of classical music and supporting young, brilliant artists like him.”

Mamora is currently a candidate for his Doctorate in Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature at Eastman School of Music, studying with Douglas Humpherys. He received his Bachelor of Music from La Sierra University in Southern California and his Master of Music from Juilliard. Previous teachers include Elvin Rodriguez and Hung-Kuan Chen.

The Palm Springs International Piano Competition is a southern California educational arts 501(c)3 organization that has presented thousands of hours of free, live classical piano music to the general public, local schools and senior centers. PSipc’s mission is: To discover, support, and inspire promising young classical pianists through public competitions, offering a monetary prize and significant performance and career opportunities, while providing local community educational outreach and engagement.  In addition, PSipc showcases and highlights wide and diverse cultural musical offerings that serve the Palm Springs/Coachella Valley communities and beyond. For more information, visit