Melissa Bradshaw

University of Birmingham launches 2019 International Piano Festival

2:03, 14th May 2019

The University of Birmingham has announced the programme for the 2019 International Piano Festival taking place from 25 October – 8 November, where some of the world’s finest pianists will be welcomed to the city in a fortnight celebration of music.

Performances include BBC Young Musician of the Year Freddy Kempf (pictured) who shines the light on the music of Chopin, Martin Roscoe with Peter Donohoe, Benjamin Firth and Shan Liang who perform a masterpiece by Messiaen, and a lunchtime concert of gospel-tinged and folk-inspired contemporary jazz from the Sam Leak Trio.

To mark the launch of this year’s International Piano Festival, the Barber Concert Hall this month takes possession of a brand new piano from Steinway & Sons, purchased for the hall by The Henry Barber Trust.

Professor Kenneth Hamilton, concert pianist, regular performer at the Barber Institute and head of Cardiff University School of Music, was given the task of selecting the new Steinway for the Barber Concert Hall from Steinway’s headquarters in Hamburg. As part of the festival, he will be joined by Steinway’s Ulrich Gerhartz to lift the lid on the brand new grand piano in a lecture-recital on how to select a Steinway.

Stewart Campbell, head of university music and concerts, commented: ‘Now in the festival’s fifth year, the University of Birmingham is proud to invite some of the world’s finest pianists in what’s set to be our most eclectic line-up yet. In unveiling the new Steinway grand piano we’re enormously grateful to The Henry Barber Trust for their generous support of music-making at the university, ensuring audiences, visiting artists, students and staff enjoy the state-of-the-art craftsmanship in this beautiful new instrument for generations to come.’

For full festival listings visit www.barber.org.uk/concerts.

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