Piano season on the BBC
11 September 2012
Piano Season on the BBC is a six-week season (15 September until 6 November) celebrating all things piano. The season will explore the piano’s
wide-ranging influence from the 1700s to the present day, as well as
delve into the lives of the people behind the piano and the music
created for it.
Highlights include coverage of The Leeds International Piano Competition, a Jazz Battle live from Trinity Laban College Greenwich, a downloadable A-Z of the piano, Peter Donohoe’s 50 Greats, an online masterclass for budding pianists and personalities such as Woman’s Hour’s Jane Garvey and Olympic medal winner Samantha Murray taking up the challenge of learning the piano for the first time, with eight of them taking part in the season finale, a Gala Concert in Cardiff on the 29 October. The season will culminate on 6 November with a special episode of Imagine on BBC One focusing on Lang Lang as he turns 30.
Monday nights will be 'Piano Night' when BBC Radio 3’s Live in Concert will offer listeners a series of piano recitals, from different corners of the nation, given by an array of international artists. Past Leeds finalist Sunwook Kim will play Beethoven and Schubert and Russian Evgenia Rubinova presents a programme of music from her native country; Ukrainian Alexei Grynyuk plays Chopin and Liszt; Pascal and Ami Rogé play French music for two pianos; while Radio 3 New Generation Artist Igor Levit performs Rzewksi’s celebrated and fiendishly difficult Variations on The People United Will Never Be Defeated; Ashley Wass and Huw Watkins team up to perform Robin Holloway’s pianistic tour-de-force The Gilded Goldbergs.