Monday, 20 March 2017

Looking Ahead: Oxford Phillharmonic's Oxford Piano Festival

The Oxford Piano Festival is a regular summer event presented by the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, artistic director Marios Papadopoulos. This year it runs from 30 July to 7 August, with a line-up of performers including Richard Goode, Zhang Zuo, Zaleem Ashkar, John Lill, Yefim Bronfman, Menahem Pressler and Andras Schiff.

The festival's patron, Alfred Brendel, will be giving a lecture on Beethoven's last sonatas and his late style, and there will be performances of Beethoven from Zhang Zuo, Saleem Ashkar, John Lill and Richard Good. Andras Schiff, who is the festival's president, will perform Book I of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier. The festival closes with a performance of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, with Yefim Bronfman and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Marios Papadopoulos.

As well as recitals there are talks, including one on performance anxiety from Charlotte Thomson, and there will be a Q&A with Dame Fanny Waterman the founder of the Leeds Piano Competition. There is a series of masterclasses for young pianists, who also attend lectures and recitals and can showcase their talents in the Participants' Recital.

Full details from the Oxford Philharmonic's website.

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