3-7 October 2018

    Curated by Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva

  • About the Festival

    Welcome to the 3rd London Piano Festival!


    We are delighted to follow upon the success of our previous festivals with another uniquely exciting and widely contrasted series of piano performances.


    A sequence of solo recitals will run throughout including two of today’s most sought-after artists - Ingrid Fliter and Konstantin Lifschitz. The extraordinary pianist Leszek Możdżer offers an unmissable night of amplified jazz whilst Alexandra Dariescu brings her enchanting children’s show ‘The Nutcracker and I’ complete with live ballerina and animations.


    In his centenary year we pay homage to the great French composer Claude Debussy with many of his masterpieces and a special lecture/recital by Paul Roberts.


    The central event is the Two-Piano Marathon where six pianists team up in various combinations to present a huge range of repertoire from Brahms to Thomas Adès. We look forward to welcoming Margaret Fingerhut and Stephen Kovacevich for this festive occasion!


    Charles Owen & Katya Apekisheva


    "This piano day was altogether exemplary"

    The Sunday Times, October 2016

  • Video

    Watch our video about the 2018 London Piano Festival

  • London Piano Festival 2018

    3 October | 7:30pm

    Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva

    Schubert Moments Musicaux 1-3, D.780 (KA)

    Granados Maiden and the Nightingale from Goyescas, Op. 11 (KA)

    Ginastera Three Argentinian Dances, Op. 2 (KA)

    Ravel Gaspard de la nuit (CO)

    Debussy Three Nocturnes (arr. Ravel) (KA & CO)

    Milhaud Scaramouche (KA & CO)
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    4 October | 7:30pm

    Konstantin Lifschitz

    Schubert Sonata in A minor, D 784
    Janacek ‘On an Overgrown Path’ 1st series
    Janacek ‘On an Overgrown Path’ 2nd series
    Debussy Preludes Book I

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    5 October | 7:30pm

    Leszek Możdżer


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    6 October | 4pm

    Ingrid Fliter


    Beethoven Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31, No.3

    Beethoven Sonata No. 17 in D minor ‘Tempest’, Op. 31, No. 2

    Beethoven Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54 

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    6 October | 7pm

    Stephen Kovacevich, Margaret Fingerhut, Katya Apekisheva, Charles Owen, Konstantin Lifschitz, Ingrid Fliter

    Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56 (KL&IF)

    Bax The Poisoned Fountain and Hardanger (MF &CO)

    Poulenc Élégie (MF & KA)

    Poulenc Capriccio (d'après Le Bal masque) (MF & KA)
    Poulenc L’embarquement pour Cythère (MF & KA)
    Debussy En blanc et noir (SK & CO)
    Rachmaninov Russian Rhapsody (1891) (KL & KA)
    Arensky Suite No. 1, Op. 15 (IF & KA)
    Thomas Adès Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face (CO & KA)
    Stravinsky Scherzo à la russe (CO & MF)

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    *The Two-Piano Marathon will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for future broadcast in Radio 3 in Concert.

    7 October | 11am

    Alexandra Dariescu and team


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  • Multimedia

    Nico Muhly 'Fast Patterns'

    Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva performing the world premiere of Nico Muhly's Fast Patterns at the 2016 London Piano Festival

    Andrew Marr Show

    Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva performing Faure's Dolly Suite Le Pas Espagnole on the Andrew Marr Show

    April 2016

    Elena Langer 'RedMare'

    Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva performing the world premiere of Elena Langer's RedMare at the 2017 London Piano Festival


    Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva performing Ravel's Mother Goose Suite

  • London Piano Festival Archive

    2016 Alfred Brendel | Dénes Várjon | Charles Owen | Kathryn Stott | Katya Apekisheva | Ronan O'Hora | Martin Roscoe | Stephen Kovacevich | Ashley Wass | Noriko Ogawa | Lucy Parham | Henry Goodman | Julian Joseph

    2017 Charles Owen | Katya Apekisheva | Nelson Goerner | Lisa Smirnova | Melvyn Tan | Ilya Itin | Danny Driver | Simon Callow | Jason Rebello

  • Press


    Paul Driver

    "This piano day was altogether exemplary"

    5* Review

    Ivan Hewett

    "A reminder of what a fabulous variety of sound can be conjured from two pianos"


    Nico Muhly

    Read Nico Muhly's blog about writing Fast Patterns which was premiered at the LPF 2016.

    5* Review

    Frances Wilson

    "A feast of phenomenal pianism"

    Lisa Smirnova interview

    5* Review

    Ivan Hewett

    "an artist who is clearly at the height of his powers." (Melvyn Tan)


    Damian Thompson

    "I'd rather miss a season of Proms than the London Piano Festival"

    4* Review

    Jessica Duchen

    "The six-pianist, two-piano marathon on Saturday evening was a high point of this delectable four-day event – though far from the only one.​"

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