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London Piano Festival is delighted to return to Kings Place for a wide-ranging weekend of exciting repertoire performed by an exceptional line up of pianists.

The Festival opens with a solo recital by renowned Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, whose programme is inspired by movement across borders and will include an improvisation of a live film score to Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 short film, The Immigrant. Katya Apekisheva will present an all-Schubert programme focused on his hauntingly beautiful late works including the iconic Sonata in B flat, D960, as the centrepiece. The Two-Piano Gala will feature appearances from long-standing LPF friends Kathryn Stott & Finghin Collins. They will join Gabriela Montero, Charles Owen & Katya Apekisheva in various formations to take listeners on a fascinating journey of pianistic collaboration spanning three centuries of music, including the UK premiere of Sonnets, a brand-new co-commission by Sally Beamish, inspired by a Shakespearean love-triangle. Esteemed mathematician Marcus Du Sautoy explores the links between ‘symmetry’ and ‘music’ through the astonishing musical edifice of JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations. A complete performance of this iconic work will be given by Charles Owen.

The anticipation of live music-making complete with the magical resonance of grand pianos, all fuelled by buzzing audiences is one to lift the spirits. We look forward to welcoming the artists and to reconnecting with LPF friends again in the vibrant, contemporary setting of Kings Place.

Katya Apekisheva & Charles Owen
Co-Artistic Directors

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Gabriela Montero

Classical / London Piano Festival

In this glittering programme, ‘The Immigrant’, Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero views early works of Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and Prokofiev, all of whom emigrated to America, through the prism of Charlie Chaplin’s legendary film.

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Katya Apekisheva plays Schubert

Classical / London Piano Festival

Pianist Katya Apekisheva explores the world of late Schubert through her close affinity with the three Klavierstücke, D946, and Sonata in B flat, D960, revealing compelling facets of the Viennese composer by turns turbulent, obsessive, otherworldly and dance-like.

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Pre-concert Talk: Sally Beamish

Classical / London Piano Festival

Owen Mortimer, Editor of International Piano, will interview composer Sally Beamish in this pre-concert talk ahead of the Two-Piano Gala.

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Two-Piano Gala

Classical / London Piano Festival

The Two Piano Gala forms the heart of the London Piano Festival where five internationally acclaimed pianists will team up in various formations to celebrate the joys, challenges and sheer brilliance of pianistic collaboration.

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The Goldberg Variations with Charles Owen & Marcus du Sautoy

Classical / London Piano Festival

In this special lecture-recital, famous mathematician Marcus du Sautoy will explain how ideas of symmetry are at work throughout the variations. Like an audible Alhambra, Bach plays with different symmetrical ideas to create the 30 variations that make up the piece, here played by the pianist Charles Owen.

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