There are many brilliant pianists around, but few are able to fuse the sensibilities of a musician raised in the Far East who trained in the West. Reiko Fujisawa took up the piano at the age of three.
2017 FESTIVAL – WHAT’S ON
Tickets are available at Hebden Bridge Town Hall (weekdays, 10-4) and online.
More than a third of our events are suitable for all ages, including a Children’s Concert and three free events. Click here to find out more.
The international acclaim that Danny Driver’s recordings and performances have generated over recent years has cemented his reputation as one of Britain’s most respected and versatile pianists.
One of the most highly-acclaimed piano duos performing today, Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva are passionate advocates for the wide range of four hands and two piano repertoire. In parallel with their extensive solo careers, they have been performing together around the world and across the UK since 2001.
The critical plaudits that have greeted Mark Bebbington’s performances and recordings have singled him out as a British pianist of the rarest refinement and maturity.
Admission free, with a voluntary collection for Hebden Bridge Piano Festival.
The Town Hall café will dim the lights, open the bar, roll out the piano and transform into a warm and welcoming venue for a winter's evening.
Meet your friends for a convivial ‘pub-style’ night.
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 1ST DECEMBER – ONLINE AND AT THE TOWN HALL Hebden Bridge Town Hall – Waterfront Hall
Jazz FM's Instrumentalist of the Year 2017 (sponsored by Rathbones) Nikki Yeoh is a creative free spirit who, although deeply rooted in the language of improvisation, is open to a range of music that leans as much to populism as it does high art.
Isata Kanneh-Mason is an undergraduate at The Royal Academy of Music, studying piano with Hamish Milne, having been awarded the prestigious Sir Elton John Scholarship. She performed with Elton John in Los Angeles in 2013. Isata is returning to the Festival after her acclaimed performance here in 2015.
A wonderful lunchtime recital of music by Schubert and Debussy (final programme to be announced in the autumn) by this supremely gifted young pianist who stunned audiences when she appeared at the first Festival back in 2013.
One of the most authentic and spirited players of blues and New Orleans piano in Europe today. Dom Pipkin has appeared live all around the world and on TV and radio, winning and wowing fans with his electrifying live performances.
The Space (until 6pm, no interval) £5/£3
A delightful concert given by some of Festival Director David Nelson’s piano students, who will be performing pieces by Haydn, Beethoven, Gershwin, Mozart, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Brahms amongst others
Leeds-based jazz pianist, composer and arranger whose performances draw from a wide range of other traditional and contemporary styles, including classical, blues and pop.
Waterfront Hall 8pm (until 10pm, with interval) £18/£14
The New York Times recently selected this recital as one of the ten most important musical events of the year. Known for his eclectic and fascinating programmes, conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is recognised as one of today’s most audacious classical artists. What do Domenico Scarlatti and John Cage have in common? Quite a lot, according to the performer. In one unbroken stream, he performs sonatas by the two composers back-to-back, revealing many similarities between the 18th century Italian and the notorious avant-gardist, one of whose many innovations was the strange and fantastic prepared piano.
Waterfront Hall (until 11am, with interval) £8/£6
Following his much-acclaimed 2015 trawl through the entire piano repertoire, our Festival Director and friends turn their attention to some of the wonderful music of the last century in this light-hearted and slightly irreverent presentation. Expect to hear well-known and perhaps some less well-known works by Debussy, Ravel, Shostakovich, Bartók, Prokofiev and many others.
Waterfront Hall (until 2pm, no interval) £12/£10
Victor Lim and Ryan Drucker began playing together in 2013 when they were undergraduate students at the Royal Northern College of Music. Coached by Helen Krizos and also by our Patron, Kathryn Stott, they won the RNCM Piano Duo Prize in 2014.
The Space (until 3.30, no interval) £5
The Crossley Heath Piano Club was founded in 2015 for the school’s own sixth form students to play to each other and exchange musical and technical ideas.
Waterfront Hall (until 6pm, with interval) £18/£14
In this virtuoso recital/lecture, Murray McLachlan includes the epic Liszt transcription of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as a central work next to which are juxtaposed some of his own transcriptions (Movements from Mozart’s 19th Piano Concerto, Rachmaninov’s 1st concerto and Ronald Stevenson’s exquisite miniature song A’e Gowden Lyric) and works by Chopin, Prokofiev and Scriabin.
For grown-ups and children alike. Come and make strange music on this VERY prepared robotic piano! Using controllers on a large console, flick switches to activate mini motors that strum the strings or pull levers to strike the soundboard. The sound is big, slightly scary and completely unlike a piano. Great fun!
Waterfront Hall 8pm (until 10pm, with interval) £18/£14
Described as a “poet amongst pianists” Lisbon-born Artur Pizarro won first prizes in the 1987 Vianna da Motta Competition, and the 1988 Greater Palm Beach Symphony Competition. In 1990 he won first prize at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, which marked the beginning of his illustrious concert career. He performs internationally in recital and with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Sir Andrew Davis, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the late Sir Charles Mackerras. He is also an active chamber musician and has performed at chamber music festivals throughout the world.
The Space (until 11.30, with interval) £6
You don’t need to be a pianist to enjoy a masterclass. If you love piano music the masterclass can help open your ears and really enhanced your experience of the concerts in the rest of the Festival.