Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Oxford Piano 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 gifted young players with 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, as part of a dedicated community of artists which encourages exchange and discourages 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 examined. In addition, as part of this holistic approach, the various international schools of piano playing are considered.
The combination of our wonderful campus, St Hilda’s College Oxford, concerts and recitals by the foremost pianists of our time in some of Oxford’s most historic venues, a lively social programme, and enthusiastic observers is undoubtedly 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 of the legendary names of the 20th century, such as Rosalyn Tureck and Maria Curcio, have made their way to Oxford to take part in the Festival, alongside a wealth of significant contemporary 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.