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Leeds Piano appoints new artistic directors

18 August 2015

Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse
Paul Lewis and Adam GatehouseSimon Jay Price

Dame Fanny Waterman
Dame Fanny WatermanAndy Manning

Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse will be the next artistic directors of the Leeds International Piano Competition. They will take over from Dame Fanny Waterman when she steps down as chairman and artistic director after the 2015 event.

Lewis and Gatehouse will be responsible for the selection of competitors and jury members, and join the competition’s jury themselves. They will also develop the competition programme, including inviting selected international artists to give masterclasses and act as mentors, and will take a key role in supporting all areas of the competition’s work. Both are keen to develop an education programme involving competitors visiting local schools during the competition.

Dame Waterman said: ‘I am so thrilled that two people of the calibre of Adam Gatehouse and Paul Lewis are in place to pick up the reins when I step down after this year’s Competition. I am confident that they will guide ‘the Leeds’ with all the integrity and passion I could ever wish for and together will enable new generations of fine young pianists to fulfil their promise and bring their great musicianship to ever wider audiences.’

Lewis announced the news on Twitter, writing that he was ‘delighted’. Describing the competition as ‘one of the great landmarks of the music world‘, he said of his appointment: ‘To be entrusted with preserving and building on the remarkable legacy of this most distinguished of piano competitions is a great honour.’

Gatehouse, best known as a senior editor at Radio 3, expressed his delight at the prospect of working with Lewis, saying: ‘I hope that together we can maintain and build on the awesome international reputation and artistic integrity she has brought to this wonderful competition.’

The Leeds International Piano Competition was founded in 1961 by Dame Fanny Waterman, her late husband Dr Geoffrey de Keyser, and Marion Thorpe. Previous winners include Radu Lupu, Murray Perahia, and Sunwook Kim, while Sir András Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida and Lars Vogt have been finalists. The 2015 competition takes place 26 August – 13 September.

The Leeds International Piano Competition

Documentary follows Andsnes's Beethoven journey

18 August 2015

A new documentary by Phil Grabsky explores the five Beethoven piano concertos.

Concerto - A Beethoven Journey follows Leif Ove Andsnes over the course of his three-year project with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. It includes footage of the pianist talking about his relationships with the works and discussing them with others, as well as excerpts from his performances in Prague (the basis for Song Classical's CD releases).

Grabsky said: ‘I knew this exclusive journey with Leif Ove would allow me access to great performance, but I had no idea it would be this great. These became the best reviewed concerts of the past few years and I was on stage to record them. Even more importantly the music and Leif Ove's intelligent and accessible insight creates a staggeringly interesting new biography of arguably the greatest composer of all time.’

The film will be shown in UK cinemas on 7 September.

Seventh Art: Concerto

Yamaha piano selection sessions extended

4 August 2015, Katy Wright

Yamaha has extended its piano selection sessions at the Southbank Centre, London due to popular demand. Following the success of the 2014 edition, this year's event has been extended to three days, and will take place 16-18 October.

Individuals or representatives of institutions will be able to book 45-minute slots to view and evaluate Yamaha's professional series pianos in privacy, with a concert technician and a team of piano specialists at hand to provide advice.

The event will feature over 45 Yamaha pianos, including a wide range of CX and CF series instruments and, for the first time, a full range of the TransAcoustic models. There will be several public events, including demonstrations of the TransAcoustic instruments featuring Bert Smoernburg.

Yamaha's Leanne Barrell said: 'The selection sessions provide people who are serious about their pianos and music with an exclusive opportunity to play a wide range of Yamaha professional pianos in one place. The intimate and tranquil environment allows them to discuss their requirements with some of the UK's foremost technicians and specialists. They provide the most comprehensive range of Yamaha pianos in the UK and are a rare opportunity for pianists to try multiple variations of the same models.'

To book a private appointment, email thomas.haydney@music.yamaha.com or call 01908 369224. The slots are between Friday 09:00-20:30, Saturday 09:00 – 19:55 and Sunday 09:00 – 17:25.

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Rhinegold Publishing announces 'Occupy the Pianos' media partnership

29 July 2015, London, UK

Occupy the Pianos artistic director Rolf Hind
Occupy the Pianos artistic director Rolf Hind(Photo: Paul Frank Rogers)

Rhinegold's International Piano magazine has become the media partner of this year's Occupy the Pianos festival at St John's Smith Square in London.

Curated by the pianist and composer Rolf Hind, the three-day celebration of modern and contemporary music (11-13 September 2015) investigates the full gamut of what’s possible for pianos past, present and future.

American composers feature strongly with music by Adams, Cage, Copland, Feldman, Meredith Monk and Pauline Oliveros, including a solo recital by the New York-based pianist and writer Adam Tendler.

A focus on music for two pianos will see performances of Steve Martland's Drill (11 September) plus works by Kurtág, Ligeti and Rebecca Saunders (12 September). Meanwhile, a composer workshop (13 September) explores new pieces for two pianos and one piano four hands.

Repertoire for prepared piano also comes under the spotlight: Hind and Tendler each perform masterpieces by John Cage (12 September), while the festival's opening concert (11 September) features Karl Aage Rasmussen's haunting Mahler/Mozart collage Genklang (Echo) for four keyboard instruments.

On Saturday night (12 September), the festival plays host to 'Queer Pitch' – an event described by Rolf Hind as 'a gay cabaret'. The programme mixes readings and music by Michael Finnissy, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveiros, David Del Tredici and Claude Vivier alongside the extraordinary and rarely played Gay Guerrilla for four pianists by the sadly neglected and tragically short-lived Julius Eastman.

Occupy the Pianos culminates in a newly devised work for pianist and dancer – the award-winning Jonathan Goddard – and Schoenberg’s menacing masterpiece Pierrot Lunaire, sung by the British-born mezzo Loré Lixenberg (13 September).

'The combination of artists and music makes Occupy the Pianos fascinating because it enables us to present works that don't often get performed, such as Pierrot Lunaire  and Steve Martland's effervescent, energetic Drill', says Richard Heason, director of St John's Smith Square. 'There'll be seven pianists working round the clock at St John's for a week, so we'll be opening every day at 6am and closing at 1am: it really is an occupation!''

As media partner of Occupy the Pianos, International Piano will be posting online updates about the festival during August and September. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Occupy the Pianos

Czech pianist Ivan Moravec dies aged 84

27 July 2015, Katy Wright

Ivan Moravec
Ivan Moravec

The Czech pianist Ivan Moravec has died aged 84.

Moravec began piano lessons at age seven, continuing his studies at Prague Conservatory and Prague Academy of the Arts. In 1957, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli invited Moravec to attend his masterclasses in Arezzo.

He made his first recording with the Connoisseur Society in 1962, and his New York debut two years later, appearing with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. The success of this concert placed Moravec in the international spotlight, launching his career.

Smetana and Dvorák were at the heart of Moravec's repertoire, but he will be remembered for his Chopin. He recorded for a number of labels, including Nonesuch, Dorian and Supraphon, but his early recordings of Chopin for Connoisseur Records remain the most highly regarded.

In 2000, Moravec received the Charles IV Prize, the Czech Republic's most prestigious award for service to humanity.

  • Ivan Moravec, pianist, born 9 November 1930; died 27 July 2015

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