Monday 17 April 2023

Celebrating Rachmaninoff & Ligeti: the eighth London Piano Festival

London Piano Festival - two piano marathon at Kings Place
London Piano Festival - two piano marathon at Kings Place

Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen's London Piano Festival returns to Kings Place from 5 to 8 October 2023 for the festival's eighth iteration. This year's festival features performances from the co-artistic directors, Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen, plus Clare Hammond, Vadym Kholodenko, Danny Driver, Lucy Parham and Leszek Możdżer.

Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen open the festival with a celebration of Rachmaninoff with his two suites, Fantaisie Tableaux and Symphonic Dances alongside Eleanor Alberga's Two-Piano Suite. The Rachmaninoff theme continues as the festival closes with Lucy Parham and actor Tim McInnerny in Parham's Elégie – Rachmaninov: A Heart in Exile.

Ukrainian master pianist and 2013 Van Cliburn winner Vadym Kholodenko makes his festival (and Kings Place) debut with a solo recital including music by Handel, Haydn, Beethoven, Liszt, Silvestrov and Ades, and there is a celebration of Ligeti with Katya Apekisheva, Danny Driver, Clare Hammond and Charles Owen. Danny Driver will also be giving a masterclass on Ligeti's Études. And there is jazz too with an improvised set from Leszek Możdżer.

Full details from the festival website.

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