Oxford Piano Festival Faculty

Nelson FreireBrazilian 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.



Jones 2019

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.



Latarche 2019

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.



Alain Lefevre

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).



Elisabeth Leonskaja

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

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.



George Li

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

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.



Amandine Savary

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. 

Correspondence Address:
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
29a Teignmouth Road,
London NW2 4EB

General Inquiries 01865 987 222
Box Office 01865 980 980
[email protected]

Registered Address:
3  The Old Estate Yard, High Street,
East Hendred, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12  8JY