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Welcome back to the London Piano Festival in its sixth, full-scale edition featuring an exceptional line-up of pianists at Kings Place.

This year there will be a particular focus on the joys of musical collaboration between pianist friends, a sharing and exchange of ideas. Dame Imogen Cooper will bring a Schubertiade evening, exploring Schubert’s duet music, Tamara Stefanovich opens the festival with a stunning sequence of works by Bach, Messiaen and Rameau. Noriko Ogawa and Katya Apekisheva offer a captivating hour of 20th Century preludes, contrasting those of Debussy and Shostakovich. Plus, we play host to jazz legend Vijay Iyer in a rare solo appearance, Paul Roberts returns to launch his new book Reading Franz Liszt in a lecture-recital also featuring pianist and festival director Charles Owen.

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Tamara Stefanovich: Messiaen, Rameau & Bach

Classical / London Piano Festival

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 Canteyodjaya.

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Schubertiade

Classical / London Piano Festival

For this concert, Imogen Cooper, a doyenne among Schubert players, will be joined by three colleagues to celebrate the genius of Schubert through shared musical collaboration.

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Noriko Ogawa & Katya Apekisheva

Classical / London Piano Festival

London Piano Festival co-founder Katya Apekisheva plays Shostakovich’s complete set of preludes, and internationally renowned pianist Noriko Ogawa performs Debussy’s Book I of 24 Préludes.

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Vijay Iyer

Jazz / London Piano Festival

A rare solo performance from the multi-award-winning, shape-shifting American pianist and composer, making his debut at the London Piano Festival.

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Franz Liszt: An Exploration

Classical / London Piano Festival

In this lecture-recital, Paul Roberts launches his new book, Reading Franz Liszt – an exploration of the literary inspiration behind Liszt’s greatest piano works; and London Piano Festival co-founder Charles Owen focuses on the visionary music.

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