• LONDON PIANO FESTIVAL

    5-8 October 2017

    Curated by Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva

  • About the Festival

    Welcome to the 2nd London Piano Festival!

    Our inaugural festival in October 2016 was filled with a wide range of pianistic personalities, an abundance of inspiring repertoire and wonderfully committed audiences. This year's concerts promise to build upon the excitement of the previous festival with many more superb artists, all of whom will perform music with which they feel a special affinity.

     

    An underlying Russian theme with works by Rachmaninoff, Borodin, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky will feature in many of the programmes. Our brand-new commission for this year's Two Piano Gala is entitled 'Kandinsky', written especially for the LPF by captivating Russian composer Elena Langer.

     

    A sequence of solo recitals will run throughout with concerts by the outstanding Argentinian virtuoso Nelson Goerner, the highly individual Lisa Smirnova and former winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition, Ilya Itin. The much-loved Melvyn Tan will include a world premiere by Kevin Volans in his recital. A Family Adventure concert narrated by Simon Callow (subject to availability) followed by jazz from piano legend Jason Rebello will bring the long weekend to a close.

     

    We look forward to October and a thrilling, unmissable series of piano concerts!

     

    Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva

    Artistic Directors

     

    "This piano day was altogether exemplary"

    The Sunday Times, October 2016

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  • 2017 Events

    All events take place at Kings Place, London

    5 October | 7:30pm

    Opening concert

    Brahms Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79

    Schumann-Liszt Liebeslied Widmung, S566a

    Liszt ‘Au bord d’une source’ from Années de Pèlerinage I

    Wagner-Liszt Isolde’s Liebestod, S447

    Charles Owen piano

     

    Tchaikovsky ‘October’, ‘November’ & ‘December’ from The Seasons

    Weinberg Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 8

    Katya Apekisheva piano

     

    INTERVAL (30 minutes )

     

    Rachmaninov Suite No. 2, Op. 17 for two pianos

    Borodin (arr. Babin) Polovtsian Dances for two pianos

    Charles Owen piano

    Katya Apekisheva piano

     

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    6 October | 7:30pm

    Nelson Goerner: The Great Romantics

    Chopin Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1

    Chopin Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op. 48 No. 2

    Chopin Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

    INTERVAL (20 minutes)

    Albéniz ‘Evocación’, ‘El puerto’ & ‘Triana’ from Iberia

    Liszt Rhapsodie espagnole, S254

     

    Nelson Goerner piano

     

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    7 October | 11:30am

    Lisa Smirnova: A Baroque Morning

    Scarlatti Five Keyboard Sonatas

    Mozart Variations on a Minuet by Duport, K573

    Mozart Fantasia in D minor, K397

    Handel Suite in G minor, HWV 432

     

    Lisa Smirnova piano

     

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    7 October | 2pm

    Melvyn Tan: Dances and Mirrors

    Weber Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65

    Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales (1911)

    Kevin Volans L’Africaine (World Premiere)

    Ravel Miroirs (1904–5)

     

    Melvyn Tan piano

     

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    7 October | 4pm

    Ilya Itin: Sonatas in D

    Schubert Piano Sonata in D major, D850

    Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28

     

    Ilya Itin piano

     

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    7 October | 7pm

    Two Piano Marathon

    John Adams Hallelujah Junction (1996)

    Mozart Sonata in D for two pianos, K448

    Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

    INTERVAL

    Ravel Introduction and Allegro (1905)

    Elena Langer 

    New Work (London Piano Festival Commission; World Premiere)

    Schumann Andante and Variations, Op. 46

    Shostakovich Concertino, Op. 94

    Lutosławski Variations on a Theme by Paganini (1941)

     

    Melvyn Tan, Lisa Smirnova, Ilya Itin, Charles Owen, Katya Apekisheva & Danny

    Driver

     

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    8 October | 11am

    Family Concert: Family Adventures with Babar and Peter!

     

    Poulenc The Story of Babar the Little Elephant (1940–45)

    Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

     

    Katya Apekisheva, Charles Owen & Danny Driver piano

    Simon Callow narrator (subject to availability)

     

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    8 October | 1pm

    Jason Rebello in concert

    Jason Rebello piano

     

    JJason will perform music from his latest album ‘Held’.

     

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  • Two Piano Marathon

    7 October | Kings Place | 19:00pm

    John Adams Hallelujah Junction (1996)

    Mozart Sonata in D for two pianos, K448

    Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

    INTERVAL

    Ravel Introduction and Allegro (1905)

    Elena Langer 

    New Work (London Piano Festival Commission; World Premiere)

    Schumann Andante and Variations, Op. 46

    Shostakovich Concertino, Op. 94

    Lutosławski Variations on a Theme by Paganini (1941)

     

    Melvyn Tan, Lisa Smirnova, Ilya Itin, Charles Owen, Katya Apekisheva & Danny

    Driver

     

  • Multimedia

    London Piano Festival

    Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva performing the world premiere of Nico Muhly's Fast Patterns

    Andrew Marr Show

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

    April 2016

    RhinegoldLIVE

    Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva performing The Rite of Spring

    RhinegoldLIVE

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

  • Press

    Review

    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"

    Blog

    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"

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    Imogen Cooper CBE

    Stephen Hough CBE

    Sir Jeremy Dixon