Tuesday 24 March 2015

It’s All About Piano

The Institut français is running its celebration of all things piano again this weekend. Their It's All About Piano festival runs from 27-29 March 2015 with a whole plethora of exciting events throughout the weekend. Concerts run throughout the day and include late evening recitals, so you can spend the day there (and the food in their bistro is great and it becomes a piano bar during the festival) or just drop in. Besides recitals there are a series of workshops Build your own piano with piano tuner and technician Alain Chauvel, and free beginners workshops with Music'all

Events which caught my eye included Mikhail Rudy’s multimedia recital which combines his programmes Métamorphose (based on Kafka) and Pictures at an Exhibition, linking animated images by the Brothers Quay and Kandinsky with music by Janáček and Mussorgsky (Friday 27); a concert from Julien Gonzales, 8-time winner of the Accordion World Championship (Saturday 28); the London première of Messiaen’s La Fauvette Passerinette, presented and performed by Peter Hill (Saturday 28); and recitals from François-Frédéric Guy (Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart on Saturday 28) and Peter Donohoe (Messiaen, Debussy and Beethoven on Sunday 29).

You can see all the events at a glance on the festival's website.

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