Katya Apekisheva | Ingrid Fliter | Christian Ihle Hadland | Tim Horton | Sarah Nicolls | Charles Owen | Lucy Parham | Gwilym Simcock | Susan Tomes

2 – 6 October 2019 | Kings Place, London

World premiere of new work by Jonathan Dove, performed by Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen

Solo recitals by Ingrid Fliter and Christian Ihle Hadland, jazz performance by Gwilym Simcock and lecture-recital by Susan Tomes

Two-Piano Marathon with Katya Apekisheva, Ingrid Fliter, Christian Ihle Hadland, Tim Horton, Charles Owen and Susan Tomes

London premiere of I, Clara celebrating 200 years since Clara Schumann’s birth - created and performed by Lucy Parham and narrated by Dame Harriet Walter

The Inside-Out Piano presented by pianist and composer Sarah Nicolls especially for families and children

Under 30’s tickets available for £8.50

The London Piano Festival today announced its programme for 2019, taking place from 2-6 October at Kings Place, London. The Festival, now in its fourth year, is devised by Founding Artistic Directors Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva. Nine pianists come together for five days of recitals, jazz, a lecture-recital, family concert and the much-anticipated annual Two-Piano Marathon. The Festival is offering a limited number of discounted tickets to under 30’s, in order to broaden the reach of the Festival. The London Piano Festival is delighted to be working with International Piano magazine as media partner for the fourth year running. BBC Radio 3 will once again broadcast from the London Piano Festival.

“We are delighted to announce the fourth London Piano Festival programme, featuring unique pairings and contrasting sounds all centred around the three superb Steinways at Kings Place. Our nine pianists this year bring something for everyone, from jazz fans to children eager to experience the piano. Jonathan Dove is our Composer-in-Residence, and we’ve commissioned a brand new piece for two-pianos which will premiere during our central event, the Two-Piano Marathon.” Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva, London Piano Festival Founders and co-Artistic Directors

The London Piano Festival each year brings together leading pianists to present a variety of performances catering for all generations of piano lovers. This year the Festival opens with a solo recital by multi-award-winning Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter (2 Oct), who makes her Kings Place debut with a programme of Chopin’s 24 Preludes preceded by two Beethoven piano sonatas. Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland performs a programme of ‘Romantic Visions’, bringing together Schubert’s Sonata in E minor, D566, Schumann’s Waldszenen and Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor.

Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen, the Festival’s co-Artistic Directors, are working closely with composer Jonathan Dove who is the Composer-in-Residence for this year’s Festival. The Festival commissioned Jonathan Dove, who is celebrating his 60th birthday this year, to write a new work for two pianos which will be premiered as part of the Two-Piano Marathon (5 Oct). Additionally, three further pieces by Dove will be performed in the duo’s recital (3 Oct) which sees them present both solo and duo repertoire. Katya will perform Bindweed & Hop, Skip, Jump, and Charles Catching Fire. The concert also includes works by Mozart, Grieg, Liszt, Poulenc and Rzewski.

The Festival prides itself in programming contemporary works within the programme, having previously commissioned Nico Muhly and Elena Langer to compose pieces (2016 and 2017). In addition works by this year’s composer-in-residence Jonathan Dove, the 2019 Festival also includes works by Mark-Anthony Turnage (Two Portraits, 2001) and Frederic Rzewski (Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, 1980).

Each year the Festival invites leading jazz musicians to perform, having previously had performances by Julian Joseph, Jason Rebello and Leszek Możdżer. This year presenting a Friday night jazz concert is British pianist Gwilym Simcock (4 Oct). Referred to by The Observer as “a stupendous improviser and remarkable musician all round”, Simcock performs music from his recently released album, Near and Now, as well as other original pieces. The following day, pianist and writer Susan Tomes gives a lecture-recital on Schubert’s penultimate Sonata in A, D959, sharing her analysis of the work alongside a complete performance (5 Oct).

The climax of the Festival is its highly-anticipated Two-Piano Marathon which sees six pianists perform in a variety of unique pairings on two interlocking Steinways. This year’s performance is crowned by the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s new work, commissioned by the Festival and performed by Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen. Also performing are Ingrid Fliter, Christian Ihle Hadland, Tim Horton and Susan Tomes, with works ranging from Mozart to Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Lucy Parham returns to the Festival for the second time, this year staging the London premiere of her new show I, Clara, alongside Dame Harriet Walter. The show, created by Lucy, is a composer portrait of Clara Schumann and celebrates the bicentenary of her birth. The narrative of the show is drawn from letters and diaries which are narrated alongside performances of works by Clara Schumann and her contemporaries. I, Clara is also part of Venus Unwrapped, Kings Place’s year-long celebration of female creativity.

Concluding the Festival is this year’s family event with pianist Sarah Nicolls who brings two performances of her show, The Inside-Out Piano. The Inside-Out Piano was invented by Sarah, allowing audiences to see into the instrument and its moving parts whilst she plays. Children will have the chance to see and hear the piano like never before and explore the instrument close up.

 

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