• About the London Piano Festival

    The London Piano Festival was launched in 2016 by co-Artistic Directors Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen. The Festival takes place in early October each year, using the world-class concert halls at Kings Place, London. Each year, Owen and Apekisheva bring together a number of star pianists to present solo recitals, jazz performances, family events and the esteemed Two-Piano Gala. Past Festivals have included performances by Alfred Brendel, Stephen Kovacevich, Julian Joseph, Leszek Możdżer, Melvyn Tan, Nelson Goerner, Alexandra Dariescu and many more.

  • 2021 performers

    Katya Apekisheva

    Katya Apekisheva, described as being a “profoundly gifted artist” by Gramophone magazine, is one of Europe’s most renowned pianists, in demand internationally as both a soloist and as a chamber musician. She has been marked out as a pianist of exceptional gifts, performing with many of the world’s leading orchestras, and has received widespread critical acclaim for her interpretations. Katya is a Professor of Piano at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    Finghin Collins

    One of Ireland's most successful musicians, Finghin Collins was born in Dublin in 1977 and, following initial lessons with his sister Mary, studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with John O'Conor and at the Geneva Conservatoire with Dominique Merlet. Winner of the RTÉ Musician of the Future Competition in 1994 and the Classical Category at the National Entertainment Awards in Ireland in 1998, he went on to take first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999.

    Gabriela Montero

    Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique compositional gifts have garnered her critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage. Celebrated for her exceptional musicality and ability to improvise, Montero has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras to date, is a frequent recitalist and chamber musicians, an award-winning and bestselling recording artist and a composer.

    Charles Owen

    Described by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest British pianists of his generation”, Charles Owen has enjoyed an extensive international career performing a wide ranging repertoire to outstanding critical acclaim. Charles Owen is a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School in London and was appointed Steinway & Sons UK Ambassador in 2016.

    Marcus du Sautoy

    Marcus du Sautoy is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the Oxford University, a chair he holds jointly at the Department of Continuing Education and the Mathematical Institute. He is also a Professor of Mathematics and a Fellow of New College. In 2004 Esquire Magazine chose him as one of the 100 most influential people under 40 in Britain and in 2008 he was included in the prestigious directory Who’s Who. He received an OBE for services to science in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.

    Kathryn Stott

    Kathryn Stott, recognised as one of Britain’s most versatile and imaginative musicians. She is International Chair at the RNCM and a Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Maintaining a keen interest in contemporary music, Kathryn has had many works written for her. She is the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

  • 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

    2018
    Charles Owen | Katya Apekisheva | Konstantin Lifschitz | Leszek Możdżer | Paul Roberts | Pavel Kolesnikov | Stephen Kovacevich | Samson Tsoy | Alexandra Dariescu | Margaret Fingerhut

    2019
    Katya Apekisheva | Federico Colli | Tim Horton | Christian Ihle Hadland | Sarah Nicolls | Charles Owen | Lucy Parham | Gwilym Simcock | Susan Tomes | Dame Harriet Walter

    2020
    Katya Apekisheva | Charles Owen | Bill Laurance