Six concerts. Five pianists. Four days. 17-20 September.

CityMusic Live, a new online concert platform, announces its 2020 Piano Fest. Over four days, pianists Warren Mailley-Smith, Yuki Negishi, Daniel Grimwood, Duncan Honeybourne,and Julian Jacobson will present concerts online in a celebration of the piano.

The extended weekend of concerts begins on Thursday, 17 September with Warren Mailley-Smith in a programme featuring works by Beethoven, Brahms and Ravel. Since lock down began in March, Warren Mailley-Smith has presented over 30 online concerts through social media with over 400,000 total views, reaching audiences world-wide. The fest continues Friday with Duncan Honeybourne‘s programme Forest Idylls with works by Sibelius, MacDowell and Schumann echoing nature. Known for his technical precision and warm musicality, Duncan Honeybourne has been lauded as “heroic” by Musical Opinion and “a gifted pianist in whom a spirit of adventure meets high musicianship” by MusicWebInternational.

Saturday features two concerts. At 6:00 PM, Daniel Grimwood presents Nocturnes and Variations featuring one of his own compositions, “Variations on a Theme by Field”. Daniel Grimwood’s playing has been characterised as “stimulating and revelatory in equal measure” by The Telegraph, and his programme promises to exhibit both his virtuosity and his intellectual sensibility. Following at 8:00 PM, Yuki Negishi performs a concert titled Passion and featuring works by Franck, Chopin and Beethoven. Praised for her “Piano Music by Women” series in June and July, Yuki Negishi was chosen in the Top 5 online performances for the week of 29 June by Pianist Magazine.

The weekend continues Sunday with a matinee performance which celebrates The Piano Sonata by renowned pianist and Royal College of Music professor, Julian Jacobson. At 2:00 PM, the programme features sonatas by Scarlatti, Berg and Beethoven. The weekend comes to a close at 8:00 PM with Warren Mailley-Smith‘s celebration of Chopin, a composer close to the performer as he was the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John’s Smith Square in 2016. All concerts will be streamed to worldwide audience s through www.citymusiclive.co.uk. Single tickets and festival packages are available.

PIANO FEST INFORMATION:

17-20 September 2020
Pianists: Daniel Grimwood, Duncan Honeybourne, Julian Jacobson, Warren Mailley-Smith, and Yuki Negishi

More information can be found at: www.citymusiclive.co.uk/piano-fes

A full schedule of CityMusic Live concerts can be found at www.citymusiclive.co.uk/performance-calendar

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