Nov 21 – Nov 27, 2017
Late November can often be dull – that dreary time between autumn and the arrival of the Christmas season – so why not consider a jaunt to Lucerne, one of the most beautiful cities in the world? The Lucerne Piano Festival is nicely timed to stir us out of the doldrums with a lovely, short festival containing a wide variety of music for the piano, performed by a bevy of great pianists and ensembles.
Legendary masters, celebrated virtuosos, the next generation of gifted up-and-comers, and stellar international ensembles converge on Lucerne every November for a week-long celebration of the piano featuring solo recitals and concerts with orchestra, chamber music and lecture/demonstrations. There’s even a jazz-flavoured fringe festival that runs concurrently in the city’s bars and restaurants.
The Swiss city of Lucerne is the picture-perfect host, situated on the shores of Lake Lucerne, with breathtaking views of the majestic snow-capped Swiss Alps and boasting a variety of museums, galleries, shops and restaurants. Spend your days wandering the old town and browsing in its many quaint and curious shops. Enjoy a gondola trip to the mountains or a short cruise across the lake to take in the sights in a traditional Swiss village.
Our lakeside concert venue, the world-renowned KKL concert hall, is famous for its clean, clear and warm acoustics. Whether you are, or were, a practicing pianist, a lover of the rich repertoire for piano, or just an “armchair” pianist, the Lucerne Piano Festival promises an unforgettable cultural experience.
Guher and Suher Pekinel, one of the best-loved piano duos in the world today, are Turkish identical twins who have been playing together since the age of six. They will present an all-Mozart programme
Russian-born pianist Evgeny Kissin came to world prominence as a gifted child prodigy. Now in his forties, he is recognized as one of the most talented pianists working today, with a special affinity for works by Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
The Russian Daniil Trifonov is twenty years younger than Kissin, and represents the current generation of Russian pianists. Brilliant, passionate, tender, expressive and “simply remarkable” are some of the ways he’s been described.
A pianist known for a huge repertoire, the Norwegian Leif Ove Andsnes is a talented recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician, especially renowned for the music of his countryman, Edvard Grieg
Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski is often viewed as one of the most interesting pianists today – known for a probing intellect, intensity and originality in the works he performs. He will perform piano concertos by Haydn and Mozart.
Italian pianist Beatrice Rana is a top award-winner of both the Montreal International and the Van Cliburn Piano Competitions. Still in her early twenties, she now performs around the world, in recital and with top orchestras and conductors.
Swiss pianist Aglaia Graf hails from a musical family, and studied in Basel, Vienna and Paris with the likes of Sir Andras Schiff and Zoltan Kocsis. A multiple-award winner, now on the fast rise, she performs in recital, with orchestra and in chamber music.
The repertoire includes:
Sonata for Two Pianos by Mozart, Nocturnes and Ballades by Chopin, Piano Concertos by Mozart and Haydn, The “Tempest” Piano Sonata by Beethoven, chamber music, as well as the Symphony No. 5 by Schubert.
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Kudos for the Sound Advice annual Mozart Week in Salzburg:
“The company was wonderful, and the experience of walking through the town, sampling the many galleries, coffee houses, restaurants, and pubs was so enjoyable. . . .I am already looking forward to returning next January for another incredible European musical experience.
“I really enjoyed the trip - thanks for all your organizing and your laid back leadership. I can admit now that I was somewhat leery in advance about 10 musical events in as many days but I would gladly have stayed for 10 more”
"It was the trip of a lifetime - arranged with very personal touches: the tickets for the performances were excellent, the venues were acoustically perfect and the cream, of course, was to be able to enjoy Rick’s talks before the concerts so that musical enjoyment was enormously enhanced. The experience of being immersed in Mozart gave inspiration and romance..."
“I can’t imagine hearing music played any better—it was so moving!. . .Virginia G., after a performance of Brahms by Mitsuko Uchida and the Hagen Quartet
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Wednesday, Nov 22, 7:30 pm
Thursday, Nov 23, 12:15 pm: Aglaia Graf
Friday, Nov 24, 12:15 pm: Beatrice Rana
Saturday, Nov 25, 6:30 pm: Leif Ove Andsnes
Sunday, Nov 26, 5:00 pm: Festival Strings Lucerne,