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Guide to London Piano Festival

Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva © Sim Canetty Clarke
Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva
© Sim Canetty Clarke
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Q&A: Lisa Smirnova

© Lisa Smirnova
Austrian-Russian pianist Lisa Smirnova features in the London Piano Festival at Kings Place this October. We caught up with her for a quick Q&A.


The London Piano Festival is an annual festival at Kings Place in London in October. The Festival was co-founded by pianists Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva in 2016 to critical acclaim.  The inaugural Festival in 2016 saw pianists such as Stephen Kovacevich, Kathryn Stott, Alfred Brendel and more come to perform, talk and partake in the celebratory weekend.  Each year the Festival commissions a composer to write a piece for two pianos - 2016 saw Nico Muhly's Fast Patterns and for the 2017 Festival Elena Langer composed RedMare.  Charles and Katya's shared love of the instrument has led them to curate this weekend especially for the city’s many piano lovers.

This year's concerts promise to build upon the excitement of the previous festival with many more superb artists, all of whom will perform music with which they feel a special affinity.

An underlying Russian theme with works by Rachmaninov, Borodin, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky will feature in many of the programmes. A brand-new commission for this year's Two Piano Gala is entitled 'Kandinsky', written especially for the LPF by captivating Russian composer Elena Langer.

A sequence of solo recitals will run throughout with concerts by the outstanding Argentinian virtuoso Nelson Goerner, the highly individual Lisa Smirnova and former winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition, Ilya Itin. The much-loved Melvyn Tan will include a world premiere by Kevin Volans in his recital. A family Adventure concert narrated by Simon Callow followed by jazz from piano legend Jason Rebello will bring the long weekend to a close.

For full information visit the London Piano Festival website.