Quick facts about Ten Grands Seattle summarized on one page.

2019 Fact Sheet

2019 Fact Sheet


One-night only concert featuring ten grand pianos, ten amazing pianists, one sensational stage


To promote the musical arts for students in Washington state while benefiting the educational programs of the Seattle Symphony and other select organizations


  • 2008-2012, a production of The Snowman Foundation
  • 2013 became a program of Seattle Symphony
  • Formed in September 1999 in Portland, Oregon;
  • Added Seattle, May 2008
  • Added West Palm Beach, FL in 2018


Inspired by the vision of Portland composer/pianist Michael Allen Harrison


  • To share the joy, the healing, the learning and the life-changing gifts music has to offer
  • Ten Grands beneficiaries provide music education and experiences to young musicians

Targeted groups

Includes youth and members of at-risk and low-income communities (see list below)

Funds raised

More than $1 million from Seattle shows (2008-2018)

Artists’ bios

Please visit website at TenGrandsSeattle.org/artists


Proceeds fund:

  • Performing arts lessons for members of targeted groups, including underserved children
  • Musical instruments and materials for members of targeted groups, including at-risk and low income segments o Production/travel costs to assist young musicians’ participation in concerts and competitions
  • Multi-generational and multi-cultural interaction in artistic productions
  • Underwriting for performances by youth groups
  • Scholarships for music education for school age musicians

About Ten Grands Seattle

Ten Grands features 10 grand pianos and 10 concert pianists on a dazzling, dramatically-lit stage. Musicians play a variety of classical, jazz, blues, gospel, boogie woogie, pop, and contemporary music. Artists at this family-friendly event play simultaneously, in various combinations, and individually. Approx. 1,500 long-stemmed roses from the dramatically lit, multi-tier stage are donated to Evergreen Washelli Cemetery and, thanks to ROTC volunteers, are placed on individual headstones at its Veterans Memorial Cemetery the morning after the concert.

Grant recipients (past years)

Funds from the Seattle concerts have benefited numerous organizations that provide access to music. Among them:

  • Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • InvestED
  • Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle
  • Seattle Music Partners
  • Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • Terra Nostra multimedia symphony
  • Treehouse
  • WIAA/Washington Music Educators Association/YME

Also (piano recipient)

  • Excel Public Charter School / Green Dot Public Schools Washington


  • All music education projects of SSO. The Seattle Symphony offers a multitude of education and community programs for families, teachers, students and patrons to foster lifelong relationships with symphonic music. Each year, SSO reaches more than 100,000 people through community engagement programs, education concerts, school presentations and free concerts.

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