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London Piano Festival

6 October 2022 to 9 October 2022 Kings Place

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Pianists and co-Artistic Directors Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen reveal another exquisite line-up for the seventh London Piano Festival (LPF). Four days of classical and jazz piano performances will see Festival debuts from star soloist Tamara Stefanovich, jazz sensation Vijay Iyer and rising star Dominic Degavino.

The London Piano Festival was founded by pianists Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen in 2016 and takes place every October at Kings Place, London.Visionary pianist Tamara Stefanovich opens this year’s Festival with a programme exploring form and freedom, beginning with Bach’s Aria variata (BWV 989) interweaving the birdsong-inspired pieces of Messiaen and Rameau, and ending with Messaien’s mesmerising Cantéyodjayâ [6 Oct].

Piano duets have been performed at the London Piano Festival every year since it launched in 2016, helping to introduce audiences to new works whilst also celebrating rarely performed masterpieces. This year Dame Imogen Cooper is joined by Katya Apekisheva, Charles Owen, and Dominic Degavino. The four pianists will take to the stage in different pairings to perform Schubert’s piano duets whilst recreating the atmosphere of an intimate social gathering [7 Oct].

Katya Apekisheva and Noriko Ogawa explore contrasting 20th -century preludes in their afternoon recital [8 Oct]. Apekisheva will perform Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes, a collection of short pieces in all twenty-four keys, taking the audience through a diverse assortment of moods across the complete set. By contrast, Ogawa will play Debussy’s 12 Préludes, Book I, an imaginative collection which doesn’t follow any strict harmonic template

Later that evening award-winning jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer will perform a solo improvised set [8 Oct]. this special evening of solo jazz improvisation will be a rare treat for London audiences.

To celebrate the launch of his new book, concert pianist and lecturer Paul Roberts returns to the festival to present a lecture-recital with Charles Owen celebrating Liszt’s passionate response to the poetry of Francesco Petrarca [9 Oct]. Roberts’ new book – Reading Franz Liszt – explores the inspiration Liszt drew from the poetry of Francisco Petrarca (1304-74), revealing the link between two major artists born 500 years apart.


Full Programme: -

Thursday 6 October, 7:30pm | Hall 1

Tamara Stefanovich: Messiaen, Rameau and Bach

Tamara Stefanovich piano

JS Bach Aria variata alla maniera italiana, BWV 989 Two selections from Three-part Inventions

Rameau From Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode:

XV. ‘L’entretien des Muses’

XVII. ‘Les cyclopes’

Rameau ‘La poule’ from Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin

Messiaen Prélude No. 2: ‘Chant d’extase dans un paysage triste’

Messiaen From Catalogue d'oiseaux:

VIII. ‘L’alouette calandrelle’

XIII. ‘Le courlis cendré’

Messiaen From Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus:

XI. ‘Première communion de la Vierge’

XII. ‘La parole toute puissante’

XIII. ‘Noël’ XIV. ‘Regard des Anges’

Messiaen Cantéyodjay

Tickets | £16.50 - £39.50 + under 30s £8.50

Friday 7 October, 7:30pm | Hall 1

Schubertiade Dame Imogen Cooper, Katya Apekisheva, Charles Owen and Dominic Degavino piano Programme to include:

Schubert Marche militaire No. 1 in D, D733 (DD & KA)

Allegro in A minor, D947 Lebensstürme (CO & IC)

Rondo in A, D951 (DD & CO)

Fantasie in F minor, D940 (IC & DD)

 ‘Andantino varié’ from Divertissement sur des motifs originaux français, D823 (KA & CO)

Variations on an original theme in A flat, D813 (IC & KA)

Tickets | £19.50 - £44.50 + under 30s £8.50

Saturday 8 October, 2pm | Hall 1

20th -century Preludes Noriko Ogawa and Katya Apekisheva piano Shostakovich 24 Preludes, Op. 34 [KA]

Debussy 12 Préludes, Book I [NO

Tickets | £20 + under 30s £8.50

Saturday 8 October, 8pm | Hall 1

Vijay Iyer piano

Improvised set Tickets | £20 - £30 + under 30s £8.50

Sunday 9 October, 11:30am | Hall 1

Franz Liszt: An Exploration

Paul Roberts piano and speaker

Charles Owen piano

Liszt ‘Tre Sonetti di Petrarca’ [PR]

Deux légendes S175 [CO]

No. 1: St. François d'Assise: La prédication aux oiseaux [CO

No. 2: St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots [CO]

‘Troisième année’ from Années de pèlerinage, S163: [CO]

Aux cyprès de la Villa d'Este I: Thrénodie [CO]

Aux cyprès de la Villa d'Este II: Thrénodie [CO]

Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este [CO]

Variations on ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’, S180 [CO]

Tickets | £20 + under 30s £8.50

Further Information: -London Piano Festival

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