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Elisabeth Leonskaja opens this year's Oxford Piano Festival with an all-Schubert recital

Josephine Miles

Oxford Piano Festival 2020 programme announced

2:29, 23rd January 2020

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and artistic director Marios Papadopoulos have announced the programme for the 22nd Oxford Piano Festival, taking place from 1 to 9 August 2020

The festival welcomes world-leading pianists and teachers, including Nelson Freire, Elisabeth Leonskaja and Menahem Pressler, for a week-long series of concerts and masterclasses.

  • Nelson Freire makes his festival debut on 6 August, performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No 2 with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra under Marios Papadopoulos.
  • The festival is framed by the solo piano works of Schubert: Elisabeth Leonskaja opens the festival with the Sonata in D major D850 and Sonata in A minor D845, and George Li closes it with a programme including the Impromptu No 3 D899 and the Wanderer Fantasy.
  • Beethoven’s 250th anniversary is celebrated as five festival alumni perform a selection of the composer’s piano sonatas on 2 August, followed by Paul Lewis’ recital of the Moonlight Sonata, the Op 27 No 1 Sonata ‘Quasi una fantasia’ and the Diabelli Variations. Nikolai Lugansky performs Beethoven’s Sonata No 30 as part of his recital on 5 August.
  • Alain Lefèvre performs a programme of dances on 3 August, including Debussy’s E major arabesque and waltzes by Liszt and Ravel alongside his own Force fragile.
  • Richard Goode plays a selection of works by Mozart, Brahms, Debussy and Schumann on 4 August.
  • There are masterclasses by Menahem Pressler, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Nikolai Lugansky, Amandine Savary, Vanessa Latarche, Richard Goode, Alain Lefèvre and Marios Papadopoulos, plus a ‘piano clinic’ with Ian Jones.

The Oxford Piano Festival was established in 1998 by Marios Papadopoulos, pianist and music director of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. Venues for the festival include the Holywell Music Room (the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Europe), Christ Church Cathedral and the 17th-century Sheldonian Theatre. Participants take part in masterclasses, attend recitals, and have the opportunity to showcase their performing skills at the participants’ recital at the end of the festival.

For more information, and to apply for participant or observer places, visit: oxfordphil.com/oxford-philharmonic/oxford-piano-festival

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