Now in its 18th year, the Oxford Piano Festival attracts the highest calibre of soloists and teachers every year. Its objective is simple: to inspire, support and encourage piano music-making of the highest quality, offering gifted young players a rare opportunity to work alongside and learn from some of the world’s finest pianists and teachers, to perform and to learn new repertoire, and join a dedicated community of artists.
The Festival has the pianist as musician at its heart, and the various roles of the pianist – as virtuoso, chamber musician, accompanist, conductor, academic and teacher – are all examined.
Legendary pianists such as Rosalyn Tureck and Maria Curcio have taken part in the Festival, alongside virtually every significant contemporary pianist – from Pierre-Laurent Aimard to John Lill.
With Alfred Brendel as the Festival’s Patron, Sir András Schiff as President, and the founder of the Festival Marios Papadopoulos a renowned pianist himself, the bar is set high in terms of quality and artistic integrity.
In 2016, the historic City of Oxford welcomed some of the world’s most distinguished pianists and teachers including Tong-Il Han who has combined a prolific performing career with wide-ranging pedagogical work. Award-winning pianist Nikolai Lugansky made his Festival debut performing works by Franck, Schubert and Tchaikovsky and Marc-André Hamelin, ranked among the elite for his unrivalled blend of musicianship and virtuosity, performed the first two rhapsodic sonatas of Russian composer Samuel Feinberg alongside the brooding ‘Appassionata’ Sonata of Beethoven.
But one of the highlights of the Festival is the Participants’ Recital when the 20 or so talented young pianists from all over the globe who have attended the masterclasses of the Festival get their chance to perform as well.