• London Piano Festival 2019

    Wednesday 2nd to Sunday 6th October

    Wednesday 2nd October | Hall One | 19:30

    'Keyboard Icons'
    Federico Colli plays Scarlatti, Beethoven, Bach-Busoni, Mussorgsky

    Scarlatti Sonata in F Minor

    Scarlatti Sonata in G Minor

    Scarlatti Sonata in C

    Beethoven Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 Moonlight

    Bach-Busoni Chaconne in D minor


    Mussorgsky​ Pictures at an Exhibition

    Federico Colli

    Thursday 3rd October | Hall One | 19:30

    'God, Mankind & Nature’
    Katya Apekisheva + Charles Owen

    Mozart Sonata In F, K280 (KA)

    Jonathan Dove Bindweed & Hop, Skip, Jump (KA)

    Grieg Lyric Pieces - The Brook op.62 & Lonely Wanderer op.43 (KA)

    Grieg Carnival Scene op.19 (KA)


    Liszt Legende - ‘St Francis of Assisi Preaching to the Birds’ (CO)

    Liszt ‘Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este’ (CO)

    Jonathan Dove Catching Fire (CO)


    Poulenc Sonata for two pianos (KA + CO)

    Ravel La valse (KA + CO)
    Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen

    Friday 4th October | Hall One | 19:30

    'Near and Now'
    Gwilym Simcock

    This concert will feature some music from the album 'Near and Now' (ACT 2019) together with other original pieces by Gwilym.
    Gwilym Simcock

    Susan Tomes (c) Robert Philip

    Saturday 5th October | Hall Two | 14:00

    'Finding a Way Through'
    Susan Tomes explores the landscape of Schubert's late A major Sonata, D959

    For this special lecture/recital, Susan Tomes will share her rich experience of Schubert’s music through insightful words and a complete performance of the sonata enabling her listeners to enjoy a closer understanding of and engagement with this deeply personal music.
    Susan Tomes

    Saturday 5th October | Hall One | 16:00

    ‘Romantic Visions’

    Christian Ihle Hadland

    Schubert Sonata in E-minor (D. 566)
    Schumann Waldszenen, Op 82
    Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36
    Christian Ihle Hadland

    Saturday 5th October | Hall One | 19:00

    'Two-Piano Marathon' with Katya Apekisheva, Christian Ihle Hadland, Tim Horton, Charles Owen, Susan Tomes

    Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor (ST + TH)
    Mozart Larghetto and Allegro (ST + TH)
    Ravel Introduction and Allegro (ST + CO)
    Debussy Jeux (TH + CO)
    Mark-Anthony Turnage Two Portraits (TH + CO)
    Stravinsky Madrid (KA + CO)
    Chabrier España (KA + CO)
    Brahms Haydn Variations ( CIH + KA)
    Jonathan Dove 'Between Friends' *WORLD PREMIERE* (KA + CO)
    Arensky Suite No. 1 (KA + CIH)
    Katya Apekisheva, Christian Ihle Hadland, Tim Horton, Charles Owen, Susan Tomes

    Sunday 6th October | Hall Two | 10:30 + 12:00

    ‘The Inside-Out Piano’ with Sarah Nicolls

    Come and meet a piano like you’ve never seen or heard it before: strummed like a guitar, singing like a whale and even swinging in mid-air! Hear familiar melodies in new ways, and discover this much-loved instrument afresh. After the concert, children will have a chance to explore the piano close-up and talk to Sarah.
    Sarah Nicholls

    Sunday 6th October | Hall One | 11:30

    'I Clara'
    Lucy Parham (piano)
    Harriet Walter (narrator)

    Created to celebrate 200 years since Clara Wieck Schumann’s birth in 1819, I, Clara tells her extraordinary life story in her own words.The narrative of I, Clara, drawn from letters and diaries, is interspersed with live performances of her works, and of music by Robert Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Chopin.
    Lucy Parham
    Dame Harriet Walter

  • Performers

    2019 line-up, in order of appearance

    Ingrid Fliter © Anton Dressler

    Ingrid Fliter

    Ingrid Fliter sprang to international attention when she was awarded the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of only a handful of pianists to have received this honour. Ingrid Fliter has established a reputation as one of the pre-eminent interpreters of Chopin, her two all-Chopin discs on EMI Classics a testament to this.

    Katya Apekisheva © Karina Gradusova

    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.

    Charles Owen © Sim Canetty-Clarke

    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’ solo recordings comprise discs of piano music by JS Bach, Janácek, Poulenc and Fauré.

    Gwilym Simcock © Gregor Hohenberg

    Gwilym Simcock

    Gwilym Simcock has carved out a career as one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European scene. He moves effortlessly between jazz and classical music, with a ‘harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions’.

    Susan Tomes (c) Robert Philip

    Susan Tomes

    Susan Tomes has won numerous international awards as a pianist, both on the concert platform and in the recording studio, including the 2013 Cobbett Medal for distinguished service to chamber music. She has made over fifty CDs, many of which have become benchmark recordings. In addition to her performing career, Susan gives masterclasses and serves on competition juries across Europe.

    Christian Ihle Hadland © Nikolaj Lund

    Christian Ihle Hadland

    In the last decade Christian Ihle Hadland has established himself as a true craftsman of the piano, a musician whose delicate, refined playing and individual touch have led him to the most prestigious stages in the world. Christian came to international attention in 2011 when he began a two-year stint as a BBC New Generation Artist.

    Tim Horton


    Tim Horton is one of the leading chamber pianists of his generation. He is a founder member of both the Leonore Piano Trio and Ensemble 360 and has been a regular guest pianist with the Nash Ensemble.

    Sarah Nicolls


    Sarah Nicolls is a UK-based experimental pianist, at the forefront of innovations in piano performance. She invented the ‘Inside-out Piano’, a sculptural feast of an instrument played, pushed and swung in her touring show Moments of Weightlessness.

    Lucy Parham © Sven Arnstein

    Lucy Parham


    One of Britain’s finest pianists, Lucy Parham applies her sensitivity and imagination not only to concertos and recitals, but also to portraits in words and music of such composers as Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. In recent years, Lucy Parham has established herself as a leading interpreter of the works of Robert Schumann and of his wife, Clara.

    Dame Harriet Walter


    Dame Harriet Walter is an Olivier-Award-winning English stage and screen actress. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2011 for services to drama.

  • Tickets

    Tickets can be purchased via the Kings Place website or box office