• Grand Piano Series


Naples, FL - (September 23, 2021) – Overwhelmed by the generosity of our community, Grand Piano Series is excited to announce their receipt of two grant awards from the Community Foundation of Collier County. These awards include a $10,000 Operating Support Grant for their Concert Artists project, and a $2,500 Capacity Grant supporting their Marketing and Management Infrastructure project. “These funds are welcome relief from the challenges presented by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Grand Piano Series President and Artistic Director Milana Strezeva, “and they really help support our presentation of exceptional professional artists from around the world in our concerts and classroom outreach programs.” “Not only that, but the Community Foundation of Collier County’s Capacity Grant support of our Management Infrastructure project will help us fine tune our organizational efficiency to maximize the community impact of every dollar we receive in donations” remarked Strezeva.

The Community Foundation of Collier County awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. Selected organizations receive grant dollars from the Changing Needs Fund. This Fund is made up of donors who believe in the Community Foundation’s ability to identify and grant to the most community’s most current needs.

Grand Piano Series provides high caliber classical music concerts and a variety of educational programs to Collier County residents. Our mission is to preserve and present great piano literature as we enrich our community through concerts, informative lectures, and an active student and senior engagement programs. The Community Foundation of Collier County grants and the ongoing support of many generous residents are vital to our continued service to our community. “We are so grateful to the Community Foundation of Collier County for its continuing support of Grand Piano Series,” said Milana Strezeva. "We appreciate this recognition and are inspired to do even more for our community,” she concluded.

About Grand Piano Series

Initially established in 2016 as a piano concert series devoted to presenting the highest caliber performers featuring both familiar and rare piano compositions, Grand Piano Series quickly expanded to address a variety of demands in Collier County. For the concert audience, informative lectures precede many concerts and interactive discussions with the guest artist typically follow the performance.

Beyond an active concert schedule, Milana Strezeva and guest artists conduct an active community outreach program that includes concerts and artist discussions at local schools, youth centers, and senior care facilities to expand community access to classical music. In the coming year, this program is expanding to include regular monthly concerts/lecture programs at two local Title 1 schools coordinated with classroom music education programs to bring students’ lessons to life. Grand Piano Series also presents masterclasses to local piano students to refine their skills through instruction from some of the world's finest performing pianists, and adult amateur musician masterclasses are being added to the program this year! Rounding out our educational program is our online interactive lecture program for beginners and experts alike. Watch our website ( for upcoming details about our newest class planned to begin in early 2022.​

About the Community Foundation of Collier County

The Community Foundation of Collier County, now in its 36th year, is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization established in 1985 to increase and focus on local private philanthropy. Today, the Community Foundation of Collier County manages more than 750 funds, collaborates with hundreds of nonprofits, holds over $284 million in assets and has distributed over $216 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs. The Community Foundation of Collier County is one of Florida’s fastest-growing community foundations. For good. Forever. Learn more at or call 239-649-5000.