Piano Festival

Welcome to the Academy’s annual Summer Piano Festival, celebrating the creative range of repertoire played by our pianists and curated by Professor Joanna MacGregor, the Academy’s Head of Piano.

Summer Piano Festival 2018 free

Monday, 25.06.2018 10:00 - Wednesday, 27.06.2018, Various venues around the Academy

A remarkable range of events celebrating Academy pianists’ outstanding creativity

Lecture-Recital: Telling a Story free

Monday, 25.06.2018 11:00 - 12:00, Angela Burgess Recital Hall

Most music features an underpinning structure, but many pieces also have a narrative. George Fu explores storytelling with examples from Chopin, Messiaen and Mozart

Piano Rolls free

Monday, 25.06.2018 13:00 - 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A rolling programme of chamber music, all afternoon – from sumptuous Beethoven, Schumann and Dohnányi to the contemporary atmospheres of Brett Dean and Per Nøgard

Stories, Landscapes and Journeys free

Monday, 25.06.2018 14:00 - 18:00, Angela Burgess Recital Hall

Directed by singer Sarah Gabriel and theatre director Richard Williams, Academy pianists and actors from Drama Centre London fuse classical music with words from the New York Beat Generation, Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, contemporary Londoners and The Mahābhārata

Dialogues I: The French School free

Monday, 25.06.2018 15:00 - 16:00, Museum Piano Gallery

Louise Cournarie curates
the first of three dialogues between pianists and harpsichordists. This concert features French Baroque music from Rameau, Couperin, Marchand, Balbastre, Royer and Duphly, performed by Antoine Préat, Francesca Orlando, Lucie Chabard, Amiran Zenaishvili, Cristian Sandrin and Marco Pérez Aguiler

Lecture-Recital: Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas free

Tuesday, 26.06.2018 10:30 - 11:30, Museum Piano Gallery

Yehuda Inbar discusses Schubert’s late piano style, with illustrations from his last sonatas

Film with Music free

Tuesday, 26.06.2018 11:30 - 13:00, Angela Burgess Recital Hall

The film aficionado, composer and pianist Neil Brand demonstrates the art of accompanying film, with pianists Kat Ho Fu, Kevin Suherman and Adam Repa

Bukolika Piano Trio free

Tuesday, 26.06.2018 13:05 - 13:55, Duke’s Hall

The young Polish piano trio play Schubert’s Piano Trio in E flat, D 929

Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas free

Tuesday, 26.06.2018 14:30 - 18:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Five Academy pianists perform Schubert’s five last sonatas, ending with the late, great Sonata in B flat, D 960

Dialogues II: The English School free

Tuesday, 26.06.2018 15:00 - 16:00, Museum Piano Gallery

Louise Cournarie continues
her dialogues between pianists and harpsichordists. This concert features English Baroque music from Handel, Purcell and John Blow, performed by Antoine Préat, Teresa de la Escalera, Amiran Zenaishvili, Andrew Gallagher, Adam Heron, Lucie Chabard and Marco Pérez Aguiler

Piano, Multimedia, Film free

Tuesday, 26.06.2018 15:00 - 18:00, Angela Burgess Recital Hall

Belle Chen directs Academy pianists in collaborations with students from London Contemporary Dance School, Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins - in music ranging from Cage and Messiaen to Liszt and Mussorgsky

Haydn on Keyboards free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 10:00 - 11:10, Museum Piano Gallery

As a curtain-raiser to Adrian Brendel’s Voyage through Haydn’s Piano Trios at 11.30am, five pianists play five short keyboard works by Haydn

Mozart from the Keyboard free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 11:30 - 12:30, Duke’s Hall

Cristian Sandrin directs two of Mozart’s most popular works from the keyboard

Voyage through Haydn’s Piano Trios free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 11:30 - 17:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Adrian Brendel directs a day exploring Haydn’s piano trios, featuring Joanna MacGregor and student pianists XinRu Chen, Mihály Berecz, Rebecca Leung, Mateusz Duda, Songeun Choi, Gabrielė Sutkutė, Julia Klimek, Ignas Maknickas and Isata Kanneh-Mason

Music for Two Pianos free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 13:00 - 14:00, Duke’s Hall

Andrei Illiushkin and Antoine Préat perform a wide-ranging, virtuosic programme for two pianos – from Rachmaninov and Ravel to Gershwin and William Bolcom

Piano, Multimedia, Film free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 14:30 - 17:30, Angela Burgess Recital Hall

Umberto Laureti teams up with guitarist Fabricio Mattos for Two-handed Card Games; Belle Chen directs Global Landscapes with percussionist Beibei Wang, perfumer Nadjib Achaibou and Les Flâneurs

Dialogues III: The Classical School free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 15:00 - 16:00, Museum Piano Gallery

Louise Cournarie curates 
the last of three dialogues between pianists and harpsichordists, featuring music
from Beethoven and Schubert, performed by Melina Karagianni, Andrew Gallacher, Amiran Zenaishvili and Marco Pérez Aguiler

Finale: Ligeti’s Legacy free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 17:00 - 19:00, Various venues around the Academy

Joanna MacGregor introduces a pre-concert talk demonstrating the Ligeti piano concerto, on two pianos (5pm Henry Wood Room). At 6pm, the Piano Festival comes to an exciting end with Ligeti’s exhilarating, ground-breaking concerto in Duke’s Hall

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