New festival to celebrate the piano in chamber music

UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 03 OCTOBER

A brand new four-day festival celebrating the piano in chamber music will take place between 20-23 November at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University.

Centred unusually on a competition, the Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival will include concerts by eight competing ensembles as well as masterclasses, three evening recitals – featuring performances by the world class jury members themselves – and showcases by gifted Conservatoire students. The concerts will take place in the stunning new Bradshaw Hall and intimate Recital Hall and the opening and closing concerts will be live-streamed by Classic FM.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham City University

The Festival has been put together by Daniel Tong, Head of Piano Chamber Music at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He said:

“The piano in chamber music has traditionally been undervalued and underrepresented in events such as this, from the ‘accompanist prize’ in a song recital to a relative lack of successful, long-standing piano chamber ensembles. There are many events, festivals and competitions for the string quartet or solo piano and it’s time the piano was celebrated in chamber music too. So in this festival we aim to explore this unique and rich body of work. 

Global talent

Entrants from across the globe were selected via live and live-streamed auditions with eight duos and ensembles invited to participate in the Festival. All of the ensembles will give an evening recital and take part in masterclasses. Three Celebrity Recitals by the distinguished jury members and visiting international artists will see performances by the London Bridge Trio, Gould Trio, Katya Apekisheva, Michael Gurevich, Robin Ireland, Alice Neary, Christoph Richter, John Thwaites and Daniel Tong.  

Three of the competing ensembles will be selected to perform in the Festival’s Grand Final concert with the winners receiving £4,000, engagements – including at London’s Wigmore Hall – and a recording with Resonus Classics. 

The opening concert featuring the London Bridge Trio, Grand Final and other parts of the Festival will be live-streamed by Classic FM. 

Click here for further information and details of how to book, or call 0121 331 5901.

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