Oxford Piano Festival 2020 moves online10:41, 30th July 2020
The 22nd Oxford Piano Festival will take place online 3-7 August 2020. The Festival typically welcomes some of the world’s most distinguished pianists and teachers for a week-long series of varied concerts and masterclasses. This year, it will offer free webinars, clinics and archive masterclasses augmented by evening concerts from five of the Festival’s young alumni.
The evening recital series opens with Busoni’s transcription of the Bach Chaconne in D minor and Chopin’s Ballade No 4 performed by Ignas Maknickas. Kausikan Rajeshkumar gives the second evening recital on 4 August, presenting short works from Chopin’s Minute Waltz to Saint-Saëns’ The Swan, via Schubert, Liszt and Rachmaninov.
The midweek recital is given by Oda Voltersvik, while on 6 August, Julius Asal offers Bartók’s Suite Op 14 and highlights from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Nuron Mukumi closes the Festival with a selection from Tchaikovsky’s 18 Morceaux Op 72.
The five alumni recitals will be streamed at 20:00 BST each evening via Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra’s YouTube channel.
Aspiring pianists can benefit from three masterclasses with the Festival’s artistic director Marios Papadopoulos and three OPF 2017 alumni: Martin James Bartlett, Adam Heron and Christopher Jessup.
A special Zoom webinar edition of Rob Cowan’s Record Review offers audiophiles the chance to hear a selection of some of the greatest piano recordings ever made, from the golden age of the gramophone to the advent of the compact disc. On 6 August, Ian Jones’ Piano Clinic invites pianists to have piano-related ailments diagnosed, answering questions about teaching, technique, performance and interpretation.
The Oxford Piano Festival is presented by the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded in 1998 by pianist and conductor Marios Papadopoulos.
Papadopoulos said: ‘I am delighted to take Oxford Piano Festival online this year, giving aspiring pianists across the globe a chance to experience the unique didactic environment of our Festival. I am thrilled to welcome back some of our most talented young alumni to inspire this next generation of participants.’