Sound Advice with Rick PhillipsLucerne Piano Festival

 Nov 21 – Nov 27, 2017

6 nights

 KKL Luzern
KKL Luzern

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.   

The Artists:

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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Tour Price:

  • Double occupancy: $2690 CAD* per person
  • Single occupancy: $2895 CAD* per person
  • *Prices are based on Oct 2016 international currency exchange rates and are subject to revision

Price includes:

  • Accommodation: 6 nights in a central hotel
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners or lunches, depending on concert schedule
  • Walking Tour of Lucerne
  • Entrance to the Rosengart Museum
  • Rick’s daily presentations/discussions on the music and artists in our private room
  • All Tips/Gratuities to hotel, waiters at included meals, etc.

Price does not include:

  • Concerts – 7 performances have been requested for this tour. The cost is about CHF 766 per person for very good seats.
  • Flights, transfers to and from the hotel and airport - we can arrange flights from cities across Canada and the US. Trip extensions are also available.

To Reserve your place:

Make a deposit of $500 and send in the booking form, available to print from the website and fill out.

Terms and Conditions:
Deposit: $500 due at the time of booking, Concert ticket payment is due when tickets are available for purchase Tour balance is due by September 22, 2017. All payments are non-refundable.
Cancellation insurance is recommended. Complete terms and conditions are on the registration form, downloadable from the website.


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.
Jane and Rick did a great job of organizing everything without a glitch, and the hotel was excellent ". . . . .
- Celia O.

“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”
- Pat R.

"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..." 
- Stephanie C.

“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

Registration and Information:

Jane Clemens
Vision Travel Solutions

251 Consumers Rd, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON, Canada M2J 4R3
1-800-475-9494 ext 2243       
Direct: 416-915-2243

About Vision Travel Solutions
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Vision  Travel acts only as agents for the traveler and accepts no responsibility for the services of any aircraft, bus, hotel, concert agencies, etc. used in this tour, nor any delays, loss or accident to travelers or baggage occasioned by such services. While the organizers will do everything possible to assist travelers, they similarly disclaim any such responsibility. 

The right is reserved to cancel or modify the tour.
Ontario Registration Nos 5008498 and 5008499


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Wednesday, Nov 22, 7:30 pm   
Güher and Süher Pekinel  Piano Duo
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) 
An Organ Piece for a Watch in F minor, K. 608
Fugue in C minor, K. 426
Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K. 448 (375a)
Claude Debussy (1862–1918) 
En blanc et noir for two pianos
Enrique Granados (1867–1916) 
Quejas, o La Maja y el ruiseñor from Goyescas
Manuel Infante 
Sentimiento from Tres danzas andaluzas for 2 pianos
Maurice Ravel (1875–1937) 
Rapsodie Espagnole for two pianos 

Thursday, Nov 23, 12:15 pm:  Aglaia Graf
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) 
Rondo in D major, K. 485 
George Frideric Handel (1685–1759) 
Chaconne G-Dur HWV 435
Aglaia Graf 
World premiere of a new work
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) 
Piano Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 31, no. 3
Alberto Ginastera (1916–1983) 
Danzas argentinas (“Argentine Dances”), Op. 2

Thursday, Nov 23, 7:30 pm:  Evgeny Kissin

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) 
Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 106
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) 
Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3, no. 2 
Prelude in F-sharp minor, Op. 23, no. 1
Prelude in B-flat major, Op. 23, no. 2
Prelude in D minor, Op. 23, no. 3
Prelude in D major, Op. 23, no. 4
Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, no. 5
Prelude in E-flat major, Op. 23, no. 6
Prelude in G major, Op. 32, no. 5
Prelude in B minor, Op. 32, no. 10
Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op. 32, no. 12
Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op. 32, no. 12

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Friday, Nov 24, 12:15 pm: Beatrice Rana 
Programme to be announced at a later date
Friday, Nov 24, 7:30 pm: Daniil Trifonov
Frederic Mompou 
Variations on a Theme of Chopin
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) 
Variations in D minor on a Theme of Chopin Op. 22
Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) 
Selected Mazurkas 
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 3

Saturday, Nov 25, 6:30 pm: Leif Ove Andsnes 
Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) 
selected piano works
Jörg Widmann (*1973) 
Idyll und Abgrund [Idyll and Abyss]. Six Schubert Reminiscences
Franz Schubert (1797–1828) 
Three Piano Pieces, D 946
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) 
Piano Sonata in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2 The Tempest
Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) 
Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, no. 1
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 

Sunday, Nov 26, 5:00 pm: Festival Strings Lucerne,
Piotr Anderszewski  piano
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart
Symphony in B-flat major, K. 319
Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) 
Concerto: Piano & Orchestra in D major Hob. XVIII :11
Antonio Salieri (1750–1827) 
Symphony in D major La Veneziana
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) 
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G major, K. 453 

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