2019 FESTIVAL – WHAT’S ON
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Waterfront Hall (until 6pm, no interval) £10/£8/£3
Internationally-acclaimed pianist Clare Hammond takes us on a musical journey through four centuries and across Europe. With a firework display in Paris, the story of Petroushka the enchanted puppet, and killer bees on the rampage, this promises to be a vivid and inspiring event for all the family!
Café (to 7.20pm) Free event
Karl is influenced by the great boogie-woogie and stride players as well as Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal, and specializes in solo piano jazzy arrangements of everything from Rimsky Korsakov to Madness and the Beach Boys.
Waterfront Hall (to 10pm, with interval) £20/£18
Mario Häring was a prizewinner at Leeds International Piano Competition in 2018. After his orchestral debut with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra in 2003 more concerts with orchestra followed, among others at the Philharmonic Hall in Constance, the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.
Waterfront Hall (until 11am, no interval) £5/£3†
In partnership with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Students of piano teachers from across the region join forces to present a cross- section of pieces included in the new Associated Board 2019/2020 syllabus. Wonderful music from all the grades, performed by pianists from young to old, from beginners to the highly-experienced ensures that this will be an inspiring and entertaining concert.
Waterfront Hall (to 1.30pm, no interval) £12/£10/£5†
Romanian-born pianist Alexandra Vaduva has performed in Japan, Austria and the US and is now a resident of the UK where she has graced many of the major London venues including the Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Kings Place and St. John’s Smith Square.
Waterfront Hall (to 4.45pm, with one interval at approx 3pm, after pre-concert talk) £16/£14/£5†
Rolf Hind’s tours have taken him from Carnegie Hall to the Proms and all major international concert halls and festivals. A specialist of 20th and 21st century repertoire, he has worked with many composers whose works he premièred, including Ligeti, Messaien and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, whose piano sonata is the main work in this concert. The concert features Scuttle, a new piece commissioned by the Festival and written by Kerry Andrew.
The Space 6pm (to 6.30pm, no interval) £5/£1†
Festival Artistic Director David Nelson presents the first of three, half-hour Piano Shorts featuring local pianists.
Waterfront Hall (to 9.30pm, with interval) £20/£18
We are delighted to welcome back Clare Hammond who was a firm Festival favourite in 2015. Acclaimed as a pianist of“amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), she is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a“reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine).
Waterfront Hall (to 11.15pm, no interval) £10
Following the success of 2018’s late-night Festival concert, we are delighted to welcome from Paris the brilliant and ever-inventive stride, swing and blues pianist Jean Baptiste Franc who has created his own style by mixing melodic improvisation and stride techniques.
The Space (until 11.30, with interval) £8
Our headline soloist from Saturday night Clare Hammond delivers our annual masterclass. As well as being of immense value to the student, this is guaranteed to be equally entertaining and informative to members of the audience.
Waterfront Hall (until 11am, no interval) £5/£3†
A delightful concert given by students of established and respected piano teachers from across the region.
Waterfront Hall (tol 1.30pm, no interval) £12/£10/£5†
In 2018, Lauren Zhang won the BBC Young Musician Competition in her home town of Birmingham. Her performance of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth was broadcast live on BBC4 and BBC Radio 3 to widespread critical acclaim.
The Space (to 2.30pm, no interval) £5/£1†
Helen Clarke lives and teaches in Hebden Bridge. She studied music at Huddersfield University and won a competitive bursary to continue her studies there, completing her MA in Music and Performance in 2010.
Waterfront Hall (to 4pm, no interval) £12/£10/£5†
Paul Taylor is an accomplished pianist and keyboard player specialising in improvisation, now receiving increasing interest both in the UK and in the rest of Europe. The music is evocative, alluring and unique; combining unusual harmonies and sonorities with an original and fluid technique.
He has been selected as Jazz North's Ambassador Artist on the 2018-19 Northern Line touring scheme for upcoming artists in the North of England.
The Space (to 5pm, no interval) £5/£1†
Daniel Pope is a musician and teacher based in Hebden Bridge. A classically trained pianist, he enjoys playing music from Bach to Stravinsky, with a particular fondness for Debussy and Ravel.
Waterfront Hall (to 8.30pm, with interval) £20/£18/£5†
Hailed as a “major talent” by Gramophone, Luxembourg-based virtuoso Jean Muller is a master craftsman who combines “savage technical voltage” (Gramophone) with a capacity for bold and interpretive risk. More than a dozen first prizes at international piano competitions stand witness to the extraordinary impact of Jean Muller’s interpretations. He has performed all over the world, and recorded numerous CDs including the complete Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas.
"Bristling with energy, fabulous technique and intellectual understanding." Claire Jackson, International Piano
Café (until 10pm) Free event
Come and join the Festival team to celebrate another fabulous weekend. With live piano music.