Piano Festival Gallery

BY Larisa    December 23, 2020

Piano Festival Faculty

BY Larisa    December 23, 2020

A professor at the Guildhall School since 1987, Peter Bithell has played and given masterclasses extensively in Europe, North and South America, and China. He has won several prizes in international competitions including the Busoni, Paloma O’Shea (Santander) and the first Queen Sofia Prize in Madrid. After the two Spanish competitions, he played in over fifty cities in Spain and returns regularly as a competition jury member. Peter Bithell studied at the Royal Academy of Music, in Rome and Siena with Guido Agosti, and in London with Maria Curcio. This will be the fifth time that he has appeared at the Oxford Piano Festival.    Peter Donohoe is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time for his musicianship, stylistic versatility, and commanding technique. In recent seasons Donohoe has appeared with Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonia, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Belarusian State Symphony Orchestra, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, as well as giving concerts in many South American and European countries, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Russia, and USA. Donohoe’s most recent discs include Tchaikovsky Solo Piano Works, which was Instrumental Choice in BBC Music Magazine, and three volumes of Mozart Piano Sonatas with SOMM Records. Donohoe has performed with all the major London orchestras, as well as orchestras from across the world: the Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Vienna Symphony and Czech Philharmonic Orchestras. Peter Donohoe is an honorary Doctor of music at seven UK universities, and was awarded a CBE for services to classical music in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.   Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. In 2021 Barry was awarded a CBE for services to music and community relations. He celebrates his Irish heritage as Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland, the only all-Ireland orchestra, and of the Clandeboye Festival. In recent seasons Barry has performed with orchestras including the London Symphony, the Hallé, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian National, Sydney Symphony, and continued his collaboration with the Borodin String Quartet. In the 16/17 season he marked the 30th anniversary of his Tchaikovsky Competition win by performing the full Tchaikovsky piano concerto cycle with the RTE Orchestra in Dublin and the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. A highly sought-after recitalist and chamber musician, Barry has performed across the globe from Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Wigmore Hall and the Verbier Festival, to the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and the Grand Theatre in Shanghai. Barry is an exclusive Chandos recording artist. He recently completed a six-album recording of the full solo piano works of Brahms. His current recording projects focus on the solo piano works of Schubert and Tchaikovsky.    Named by The Economist as one of Twenty Living Polymaths, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. Appointed CBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours, he is a laureate of the MacArthur Fellowship and Royal Philharmonic Society. His extensive discography of over 60 CDs has garnered international accolades including the Diapason d’Or de l​’Année and eight Gramophone Awards. On 1 June 2020, Hough re-opened Wigmore Hall, performing the UK’s first live classical music concert in a major venue since the nationwide lockdown in March. Later that summer he made his 29th appearance at the BBC Proms performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Engagements in 2020/21 have included concerto performances with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic orchestras, with Hough due to return to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in September 2021.     Ian Jones is a Fellow and Professor of Piano and Deputy Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music. His career as a Steinway Artist has taken him to all five continents for concerts and broadcasts, including acclaimed performances in London with the Royal Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestras. His world premiere performances and recordings of music by British composer Rebecca Clarke have received enthusiastic attention. On the release of his CD, Chopin: Summer in Nohant, Classic FM Magazine drew comparison with Rubinstein and Arrau, whilst BBC Music Magazine described his playing as having ‘a lyrical elegance and unself-conscious purity of expression’. He is Artistic Director of the World Piano Teachers Association International Piano Competition, a frequent juror at other international piano competitions and performs and conducts masterclasses in many countries, most recently in the USA, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Serbia, Russia and China.      With an international career spanning over six decades, Stephen Kovacevich has long been recognised as one of the most searching interpreters. Born in Los Angeles, Kovacevich made his European debut at Wigmore Hall in 1961.  He has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors, including Hans Graf, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Sir Simon Rattle, Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the late Sir Georg Solti. Kovacevich is a frequent guest at prestigious festivals including Lugano, Verbier, and the Mariinsky International Piano Festival. He has forged long-standing artistic partnerships, including numerous recordings with Sir Colin Davis and frequent duo appearances alongside Martha Argerich. A committed chamber musician, Kovacevich enjoys regular artistic collaborations with Nicola Benedetti, Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Emmanuel Pahud and Alina Ibragimova. To celebrate his 75th birthday, Decca released a Limited Edition 25-CD box set of his entire recorded legacy for Philips. In 2008, he re-recorded Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, which won him the Classic FM Gramophone Editor’s Choice Award (2009) and the Gramophone Magazine Top Choice Award (2015).   Helen Krizos has had a distinguished career both as performer and teacher. She enjoyed working in a piano duo partnership for many years, leading to UK-wide recognition as one of the most sought-after ensembles. She performed regularly on BBC Radio 3 and made highly successful recordings for Hyperion. For many years, Krizos was Deputy Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music where she now continues as principal lecturer in piano. She has a passionate interest in developing pedagogy to train the next generation of piano teachers and established this programme at the RNCM. Her students have won prizes nationally and internationally, including at BBC Young Musician of the Year; Royal Over-Seas League Competition; Tunbridge Wells International Piano Competition; Netherlands International Competition; Ettlingen and Porto. Alumni students have proceeded to enjoy varied career paths as chamber musicians, solo pianists, accompanists, teachers, and conductors. As an internationally recognised teacher Helen has given masterclasses in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Spain, Norway, Austria, China and Singapore.     Since 2005, Vanessa Latarche has been Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music, formerly having been a Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was made an Honorary Associate in 1997. Latarche was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, an honour conferred on her by HRH Prince of Wales in 2010. In 2011, she was granted a Personal Chair, and in 2017 was made Associate Director for Partnerships in China. Latarche frequently travels to give masterclasses in such institutions as Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Beijing Central Conservatory, and she is an advisor to Lang Lang’s music school in Shenzhen, China. In the UK, Latarche has performed as soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Concert and BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestras and appeared at festivals including Cheltenham and Harrogate. She has been a juror for competitions worldwide including BBC Young Musician of the Year.     Mishka Rushdie Momen, described in The Times as “one of the most thoughtful and sensitive of British pianists”, was The Times Arts critics’ chosen nominee in the field of classical music for their 2021 Breakthrough Award, part of the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. She appears in recitals and concerto performances worldwide, and Sir András Schiff, with whom she studied at the Kronberg Academy, has presented her in recitals in venues across Europe and in New York City. Highlights of recent and future performances include a debut solo recital at Wigmore Hall, concertos with Kremerata Baltica, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and solo and duo recitals at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Four recitals with Steven Isserlis were streamed and broadcast live from Wigmore Hall during the 2020-2021 season, a partnership described as “compelling” (The Times ****), “delicately matched” (The Guardian ***** ) and “altogether wonderful” (The Telegraph *****). Mishka Rushdie Momen returns to the Oxford Piano Festival this year as a performer, having joined the Festival previously as a participant.      Marios Papadopoulos is the founder of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and the Oxford Piano Festival. He has appeared in many of the world’s most prestigious venues and worked with a host of eminent musicians including Evgeny Kissin, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maxim Vengerov, Martha Argerich and Lang Lang. His many recordings feature works by Beethoven, Mozart, Mussorgsky, César Franck, Stravinsky and the 24 Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich. He conducts the Oxford Philharmonic in new recordings of the Brahms and Sibelius violin concertos with Maxim Vengerov with whom he has also recorded the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas. In recent years, Maestro Papadopoulos has concentrated his work mainly in Oxford with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. Rare guest appearances have included a UK tour with the LPO and a Mozart piano concerto cycle directed from the keyboard with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, he conducted  a new production of The Marriage of Figaro for the Greek National Opera at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens. Marios holds a doctorate in music from City University, is a Fellow by Special Election of Keble College Oxford and has been awarded an MBE for services to music in Oxford.   Kathryn Stott. At the age of five, I made friends with the upright piano in our living room. That was the beginning of my musical journey, one which continues as you read this. Studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music led me abruptly into the life of a professional musician via the Leeds International Piano Competition, and onto a steep learning curve. After a rollercoaster three years, I realised that I needed to re-connect with chamber music in a bid to feel more connected to other musicians and when, quite by chance, I met Yo-Yo Ma in 1978, it turned out to be one of the most fortuitous moments of my life and led to a long-standing collaboration. There are too many highlights in my career to mention. Yes, it was a thrill to perform at the Last Night of the Proms, but equally a massive thrill to have lit up twenty small faces in an inner-city school while they jumped up and down to energetic piano music! Working with young musicians is something I feel passionate about and I’ve also had some truly exciting music written for me by composers. What an unbelievable privilege it is to be immersed in a language which has no boundaries and has allowed me to share musical stories on a global scale; that little upright piano set me on quite a path!  

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Piano Festival Supporters

BY Larisa    July 31, 2020

Thank you for Your Support Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra acknowledges with deep gratitude the financial contribution made towards our Oxford Piano Festival 2021, joining us in nurturing the stars of the future: Anonymous (3)Mr Tim GilbertDr Russell Hirshfield & Leila Larijani We would also like to thank all those who supported the Festival by offering scholarships for the participants: Dr Saphié Ashtiany & Prof Paul DaviesDalgleish TrustLady HortonMr & Mrs John Leighfield CBESir Sydney Lipworth QC & Lady Lipworth CBE

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Faculty

BY Larisa    July 21, 2020

Pierre-Laurent Aimard 2001Dmitri Alexeev 2003Piotr Anderszewski 2018Sulamita Aronovsky 2009Saleem Ashkar 2017Sergei Babayan 2012, 2019Paul Badura-Skoda 2016Andrew Ball 2004Dmitri Bashkirov 2004Boris Berezovsky 2019Boris Berman 2003Stephen Beus 2009Peter Bithell 2008, 2009, 2013, 2016Alfred Brendel 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019Yefim Bronfman 2017Ian Brown 2010Judith Burton 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006Hung-Kuan Chen 2013Seong-Jin Cho 2018Maria Curcio 2001, 2002, 2003Arnaldo Cohen 2010Federico Colli 2013Lise de la Salle 2019Andrei Diev 2008Peter Donohoe 2009, 2016Barry Douglas 2015Julius Drake 2003, 2018Christopher Elton 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011Konrad Engel 2019Elisabeth Eschwé 2011Mahan Esfahani 2013Janina Fialkowska 2014Norma Fisher 2009William Fong 2006, 2011Ian Fountain 2007Philip Fowke 2014Claude Frank 2007Peter Frankl 2013Julian Gallant 2000, 2001Filippo Gamba 2001Jack Gibbons 2002Christopher Glynn 2012Alexis Golovin 2006, 2009Richard Goode 2017, 2018Gary Graffman 2006, 2009Horacio Gutierrez 2014Andreas Haefliger 2012Marc-André Hamelin 2016Tong-Il Han 2016Ruth Harte 2012Joan Havill 2012Rustem Hayroudinoff 2013Russell Hirshfield 2013Stephen Hough 2011Leslie Howard 2011Niel Immelman 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018Peter Jablonski 2003Julian Jacobson 2011Byron Janis 2015Ian Jones 2017, 2019Yoheved Kaplinsky 2009, 2015, 2018Peter Katin 1999Cyprien Katsaris 2005Renna Kellaway 2007Freddy Kempf 2005Diana Ketler 2012Sunwook Kim 2017Alexander Kobrin 2012Mari Kodama 2015Stephen Kovacevich 2011, 2013, 2014Vladimir Krainev 2006Piers Lane 2004Vanessa Latarche 2007, 2019George-Emmanuel Lazarides 2006John Lill 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2019Nikolai Lugansky 2016Joanna MacGregor 2005, 2007, 2008Leon McCawley 2015Murray McLachlan 2008Hamish Milne 2003Bryce Morrison 2001, 2002, 2007Olli Mustonen 2010Tessa Nicholson 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013Ruth Nye 2008Ronan O’Hora 2006Cristina Ortiz 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2010Steven Osborne 2019Marios Papadopoulos ALLLucy Parham 2006Anthony Peebles 2010Ivo Pogorelich 2015Jean-Bernard Pommier 1999Menahem Pressler 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019Anne Queffélec 2018Ferenc Rados 2014, 2015Beatrice Rana 2019Gerald Robbins 2004Bernard Roberts 2004Paul Roberts 2000, 2017Michael Roll 2007, 2010Martin Roscoe 2005, 2007Charles Rosen 2002Tatiana Sarkissova 2010Alexander Satz 2005Staffan Scheja 2014Sir András Schiff 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018Peter Serkin 2016Hüseyin Sermet 2013Colin Stone 2017Kathryn Stott 2007Melvyn Tan 2006Alexandre Tharaud 2016Gordon Fergus-Thompson 2003, 2010Martino Tirimo 2002Malcolm Troup 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010Fou Ts’ong, 2009, 2010Rosalyn Tureck 2000, 2001Dénes Várjon 2015Vladimir Viardo 2008Roger Vignoles 2006Mikhail Voskresensky 2019Dame Fanny Waterman 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018Rita Wagner 2015Shai Wosner 2011Oxana Yablonskaya 1999, 2000, 2001Michael Young 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002Haochen Zhang 2012Asaf Zohar 2015Zhang Zuo 2017Veda Zuponcic 2005, 2006, 2007

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Oxford Piano Festival Faculty

BY Larisa    January 15, 2020

Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Riccardo Chailly and Yuri Temirkanov. He regularly performs with prestigious orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerische Rundfunk, Concertgebouw, London Symphony and Czech Philharmonic. In North America, he has performed with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Boston and Chicago Symphonies; and the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras. He has toured Japan, Brazil, Argentina, and the US with Martha Argerich. An exclusive Decca artist, Freire’s recording of Brahms’s concertos with Chailly was nominated for a Grammy and won two Gramophone Awards in 2007, and Brasileiro received the 2013 Latin Grammy Award for Best Classical Album. Freire was nominated Soloist of the Year in 2003 by the French Victoires de la Musique; in 2005 he received their special Honours Award. In 2007, Freire was appointed a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and in 2011 was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur.     Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, and is recognised worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. In recital, Goode performs at major musical centres and festivals across the US and Europe. As a soloist, he has performed with most of the major orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles and London Philharmonic Orchestras. An exclusive Nonesuch artist, Goode’s latest recording of the five Beethoven concertos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer was described as ‘a landmark recording’ by the Financial Times and nominated for a Grammy award. His 1993 10-CD set of the complete Beethoven sonatas, the first-ever by an American-born pianist, was nominated for a Grammy, chosen for the Gramophone Good CD Guide and re-released in 2017. Goode is a highly respected mentor of young musicians and frequently leads masterclasses at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions.      Ian Jones is a Professor of Piano and Deputy Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music. His career as a Steinway Artist has taken him to all five continents for concerts and broadcasts, including acclaimed performances in London with the Royal Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestras. His world premiere performances and recordings of music by British composer Rebecca Clarke have received enthusiastic attention. On the recent release of his CD, Chopin: Summer in Nohant, Classic FM Magazine drew comparison with Rubinstein and Arrau, whilst BBC Music Magazine described his playing as having ‘a lyrical elegance and unselfconscious purity of expression’. He is Artistic Director of the World Piano Teachers Association International Piano Competition, a frequent juror at other international piano competitions and performs and conducts masterclasses in many countries, most recently in the USA, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Serbia, Russia and China.      Yoheved Kaplinsky has appeared throughout the world as a recitalist, in chamber music concerts and with orchestras. She began her musical career as a prize-winner in the J.S. Bach International Competition in Washington, D.C. A native of Israel, she first studied with Ilona Vincze in Tel Aviv, and continued her studies in the US at the Juilliard School, obtaining a Doctor of Musical Art degree with Irwin Freundlich and Dorothy Taubman. Noted for her insight and understanding of piano technique, Dr Kaplinsky has been in great demand for lectures and masterclasses, and as an adjudicator in international competitions. She holds the Susan W. Rose Chair of Juilliard’s Piano Department and is also Director of its Pre-College Division. She teaches regularly at the Aspen Music Festival, and has participated in various other festivals, including the Tel-Hai International Masterclasses in Israel, the Piano Texas Institute and Pianofest in Long Island, New York.     Since 2005, Vanessa Latarche has been Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music, formerly having been a Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was made an Honorary Associate in 1997. Latarche was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, an honour conferred on her by HRH Prince of Wales in 2010. In 2011, she was granted a Personal Chair, and in 2017 was made the Associate Director for Partnerships in China. Latarche frequently travels to give masterclasses in such institutions as Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Beijing Central Conservatory, and she is an advisor to Lang Lang’s music school, in Shenzhen, China. In the UK, Latarche has performed as a soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Concert and BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestras and appeared at festivals including Cheltenham and Harrogate. She has been a juror for competitions worldwide including BBC Young Musician of the Year.     Hailed as a ‘hero’ (Los Angeles Times), ‘an artistic winner’ (Music Week), ‘a pianist who breaks the mold’ (International Piano) and who ‘truly stands out from the typical trends and artifices offered on the international scene’ (Classica), French born Canadian pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre has performed in over 40 countries in prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Théatre des Champs-Élysées, Teatro Colón, Palacio de Bellas Artes and Herodes Atticus Theatre. He has collaborated with renowned orchestras and conductors such as James Conlon, Christoph Eschenbach, Lawrence Foster, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Spivakov, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Long Yu. Now an exclusive recording artist for Warner Classics, his discography covers a vast repertoire, from John Corigliano’s Piano Concerto considered as the ‘reference version’ (BBC Music Magazine), to Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Kent Nagano, ‘a crisply executed and superb recording’ (Gramophone).     For decades now, Elisabeth Leonskaja has been among the most celebrated pianists of our time. In a world dominated by the media, Elisabeth Leonskaja has remained true to herself and to her music. Music is and always has been her life’s work. Elisabeth Leonskaja has appeared as a soloist with virtually all the leading orchestras in the world, and works with such leading conductors as Tugan Sokhiev,  Jiří Bělohlávek and Iván Fischer. She is a frequent and welcomed guest at the most prestigious music festivals, and her solo recitals, including performances of the complete cycle of Schubert Sonatas can be heard in the world’s major musical centres. Her newest recording of Schubert’s early piano sonatas, released in May 2019 by eaSonus, is the second volume of her complete piano sonatas recording. The first volume featuring Schubert’s late piano sonatas was released in 2016.     Paul Lewis is regarded internationally as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and his numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, three Gramophone Awards, and the Diapason D’or de l’Année. He has been designated the 2020 Koussevitzky Artist in recognition of his artistic relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. He celebrates the 2020 Beethoven anniversary year with Beethoven concerto cycles in Tanglewood (Boston Symphony and Andris Nelsons), Erl (Salzburg Mozarteum and Andrew Manze) and at the Palau de la Música Barcelona, and Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Paul Lewis studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. He is co-artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire.     Praised by the Washington Post for combining ‘staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,’ pianist George Li possesses a brilliant virtuosity far beyond his years. Li has performed with leading orchestras including the Los Angeles, New York, London, and Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the San Francisco, Tokyo, Sydney and Montreal Symphony, and conductors including Dudamel, Gaffigan, Gergiev, Gimeno, Honeck, Orozco-Estrada, Petrenko, Robertson, Slatkin, Temirkanov, Tilson Thomas, Long Yu and Xian Zhang. Li has performed at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Mariinsky Theatre, Elbphilharmonie, Munich’s Gasteig, and NCPA Beijing, and major festivals including the Edinburgh International, Verbier, Ravinia, and Montreux festivals. Li gave his first public performance at Boston’s Steinway Hall aged 10 and in 2011 performed for President Obama at the White House. Among Li’s prizes are the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award, Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition and First Prize at the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.     Nikolai Lugansky is a pianist who combines elegance and grace with powerful virtuosity, a true incarnation of the Russian tradition on the international classical stage. Recognised as a master of Russian and late romantic repertoire, Lugansky is renowned for his interpretations of Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Chopin and Debussy and has received numerous awards. Concerto highlights for the 2019/20 season include performances with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra in London, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. A regular recitalist the world over, during this season Lugansky appears at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Konzerthaus, Tonhalle in Zurich, Moscow’s Zaryadye and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. In June 2019, Nikolai Lugansky received the Russian Federation National Award in Literature and Art, for his contribution to the development and advancement of Russian and international classical music culture over the past 20 years. Nikolai records for Harmonia Mundi.   Marios Papadopoulos is the founder of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and the Oxford Piano Festival. He has appeared in many of the world’s most prestigious venues and worked with a host of eminent musicians including Evgeny Kissin, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maxim Vengerov, Martha Argerich and Lang Lang.His many recordings feature works by Beethoven, Mozart, Mussorgsky, César Franck, Stravinsky and the 24 Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich. He conducts the Oxford Philharmonic in new recordings of the Brahms and Sibelius violin concertos with Maxim Vengerov with whom he has also recorded the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas. In recent years, Maestro Papadopoulos has concentrated his work mainly in Oxford with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. Rare guest appearances have included a UK tour with the LPO and a Mozart piano concerto cycle directed from the keyboard with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, he conducted  a new production of The Marriage of Figaro for the Greek National Opera at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens. Marios holds a doctorate in music from City University, is a Fellow by Special Election of Keble College Oxford and has been awarded an MBE for services to music in Oxford.      Born in Germany in 1923, Menahem Pressler is one of the world’s most distinguished and honoured musicians. He was the founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio for all of its 51 years. After winning the Debussy Competition in San Francisco in 1946, he made his American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra; performances with the New York, Washington, Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and London Symphony Orchestras followed. Both an outstanding solo and chamber performer, Mr Pressler has collaborated with nearly all the greatest quartets and given lieder recitals with Christoph Pregardien and Matthias Goerne with whom he is recording Schumann’s Dichterliebe for Harmonia Mundi. His 2018 solo recording of French music for Deutsche Grammophon received high critical acclaim. His acclaimed 2014 performance with the Berlin Philharmonic under Rattle was televised worldwide. Concert engagements and masterclasses take him all over Europe, Asia, Israel and America. He holds the position of Distinguished Professor, Charles Webb Chair at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington where he has taught since 1955.      For over 15 years, Amandine Savary has performed in Europe, Japan, the USA and Australia, building a substantial reputation as a pianist and chamber musician. Amandine is a Laureate of the Fondation d’Entreprise Banque Populaire, Tillett Trust, Kirckman Concert Society, Philip and Dorothy Green Award and Park Lane Group. Her work has been supported by Help Musicians, Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, Hattori Foundation and Worshipful Company of Musicians. Her discography includes recordings of Ravel, Schubert and Bach. Awards for these recordings include the Diapason d’or and Gramophone magazine’s Editor’s Choice. Her competition successes include first prizes in the Sixth Osaka Chamber Music, and the 2008 Frankfurt Commerzbank Piano Trio Competitions, and second prize in the Young Concert Artist Auditions 2008 with Trio Dali. After graduating from the Caen Conservatory, she joined the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2003 to study under Professor Christopher Elton and Alexander Satz, graduating with distinction. She is now an Associate, as well as professor of piano and chamber music, of the Royal Academy. 

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Funding and Support

BY Gillian Berry    March 1, 2016

Support the Oxford Piano Festival  Providing precious opportunities for the stars of tomorrow to learn directly from the leading artists of today  The Piano Festival was founded in 1999 as an integral part of the Academy Programme, which incorporates all of the Orchestra’s educational programmes from primary school to post-graduate activities. Since its inception, the Festival has provided many young, talented pianists with invaluable opportunities for growth, aiding them on their paths to successful international careers.   Alumnus Mark Viner joined the Oxford Piano Festival as a teenager and attended for several years. He is now steadily gaining a reputation as one of Britain’s leading concert pianists and has been described by International Piano magazine as ‘one of the most gifted pianists of his generation’.  Undoubtedly one of the finest piano festivals in the world, the Oxford Piano Festival has contributed to who I am as a pianist in more ways than I can imagine. Mark Viner (2021)  This year’s Festival will feature free live streaming of selected masterclasses and evening concerts. Piano enthusiasts from around the globe can still enjoy these events online, despite not being able to attend in person. Online streaming allows us to reach students and teachers worldwide, inspiring them to reach new heights and to fulfil their potential.     The Oxford Piano Festival is reliant on the generosity of a close community of friends and supporters, without whom we would not be able to support these remarkable young musicians. We invite you to join us in nurturing the stars of the future by providing vital support in one of several ways:  Support the masterclasses, performances and events of the festival Support participating students through our Scholarship Fund ensuring that the most talented young performers can benefit from exceptional learning opportunities, irrespective of financial means Support the long-term future of the Oxford Piano Festival through a legacy bequest If you are considering supporting the Oxford Piano Festival and would like to discuss your gift, please contact Cherie Lai – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakabe4962905f70470e0b6b61580c78c81').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addyabe4962905f70470e0b6b61580c78c81 = 'cherie' + '@'; addyabe4962905f70470e0b6b61580c78c81 = addyabe4962905f70470e0b6b61580c78c81 + 'oxfordphil' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_textabe4962905f70470e0b6b61580c78c81 = 'cherie' + '@' + 'oxfordphil' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloakabe4962905f70470e0b6b61580c78c81').innerHTML += ''+addy_textabe4962905f70470e0b6b61580c78c81+'';  or +44 (0)1865 987 222.  The Oxford Philharmonic is both a UK-registered charity (charity no. 1084256) and a US based 501(c)3 Charitable Organisation and is a tax-exempt organisation under the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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Information for Applicants

BY Gillian Berry    February 28, 2016

Tuition Participants (playing students):All participants receive at least three public masterclasses and perform at the Participants’ Recital on 29 July. Although we try to accommodate participants’ choice of teachers, we cannot guarantee that everyone will receive tuition from their preferred professors.  Participants are provided with a Festival Pass which includes entry to all events. Observers (non-playing attendees): Full-time observers are provided with a Festival Pass which includes entry to all events. Limited spaces are available owing to social distancing restrictions. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Practical Information Travel: The Oxford Bus Company (+44 (0)1865 785 400 / www.oxfordbus.co.uk) runs buses from Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Stagecoach runs a 24-hour coach service between Oxford and Central London (+44 (0)1865 772 250 / www.oxfordtube.com). There are frequent rail services from London Paddington and London Marylebone to Oxford (information from National Rail Enquiries on +44 (0)345 748 4950 / www.nationalrail.co.uk). Our staff are happy to advise you about your journey to and from the Festival. Arrival and Registration: Festival staff will be at St Hilda’s College to welcome participants and observers and show them to their accommodation from 12:30 on 25 July. Please aim to register at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building (JdP), by 13:30. Accommodation/meals: Accommodation is available on site at St Hilda’s. Accommodation prices include all meals at St Hilda’s College, starting with dinner on 25 July and ending with lunch on 1 August.  Practice Pianos: Festival participants may practise for up to five hours per day in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in pre-allocated practice rooms which you will share with one other participant. Tickets for Individual Events: All full-time observers and participants receive a Festival Pass on arrival.  Individual Festival events are also open to members of the public. Tickets for individual events will be available from Monday 5 July 2021 online or from the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office: +44 (0)1865 980 980 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak04a7ed3dafbd39283aa5deddf09b4f61').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy04a7ed3dafbd39283aa5deddf09b4f61 = 'boxoffice' + '@'; addy04a7ed3dafbd39283aa5deddf09b4f61 = addy04a7ed3dafbd39283aa5deddf09b4f61 + 'oxfordphil' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text04a7ed3dafbd39283aa5deddf09b4f61 = 'boxoffice' + '@' + 'oxfordphil' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloak04a7ed3dafbd39283aa5deddf09b4f61').innerHTML += ''+addy_text04a7ed3dafbd39283aa5deddf09b4f61+''; . The repertoire list for the masterclasses will be available to view from 19 July 2021 at oxfordphil.com/events. Certificates: Certificates of Attendance will be presented to full-time participants and observers at the end of the Festival.

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Oxford Piano Festival Media

BY Gillian Berry    February 28, 2016

About the Festival

BY Gillian Berry    October 6, 2015

The Oxford Piano Festival is held annually during the summer, hosted in some of Oxford’s most historic venues and supported by Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. The 2021 Oxford Piano Festival will take place from 25 July to 1 August. The Festival’s position as a leading centre for learning is clear from the calibre of soloists and teachers taking part; the clamour for places and keenness of students to return year after year; and its profile in the international music community.  Its objective is simple: to inspire, support and encourage piano music making of the highest quality. It provides young players with the rare opportunity to work alongside and learn from some of the world’s finest pianists and teachers, to perform and to learn new repertoire, all as part of a dedicated community of artists which encourages exchange over competition.  The concept of the pianist as musician lies at the heart of the Festival. The various roles of the pianist – as virtuoso, chamber musician, accompanist, conductor, academic and teacher – are all explored. As part of this holistic approach, the various international schools of piano playing are considered. Taking place on our wonderful campus at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, the Festival boasts concerts and recitals by the foremost pianists of our time, a lively social atmosphere, and enthusiastic observers. This combination has proven time and time again to be a winning formula, as previous students have testified:  I have forged so many strong friendships and have learnt SO much about playing and appreciating music. The professors are simply inspiring and the lessons ring on for a long time after the course has finished.  Many legendary pianists of modern times, such as Menahem Pressler, Alfred Brendel and Yefim Bronfman, have made their way to Oxford to take part in the Festival, alongside a wealth of significant pianists.  With Alfred Brendel as the Festival’s Patron, Sir András Schiff as President, and the Festival’s founder, Marios Papadopoulos a renowned pianist himself, the bar is set very high in terms of quality and artistic integrity.

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