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
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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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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.
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
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