The pianist scheduled to perform in the Corvallis-OSU Piano International’s Steinway Piano Series on Sunday has cancelled her U.S. tour because of visa and border entry uncertainties related to President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Nareh Arghamanyan, the 2008 winner of the prestigious Montreal International Music Competition, is Armenian and lives in Austria. She was recently granted an emergency Austrian visa extension, but given Trump’s immigration ban, her lawyer advised her against travel to the U.S. In an email exchange, representatives for Arghamanyan said that the pianist worried that “if she were to come to the U.S., she might not be allowed back into Austria,” and that she was “so distressed” about the cancelled tour.
Replacing Arghamanyan for the Corvallis concert will be Joyce Yang, silver medalist at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Joyce Yang will perform on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. in OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium, 875 SW 26th Street. Tickets are $28 at the door or $25 in advance, available at www.corvallispiano.org, Grassroots Books & Music, and Rice’s Pharmacy. Students ages 8 to 18 and all college students with valid ID are admitted free.
By Maggie Anderson