International Festival & Summer School PIANO WEEK will hold its third consecutive summer residency at Moreton Hall School between 23rd July and 4th August 2018. Following on from the success of the inaugural Easter edition which took place at the school only a few months ago, the festival directors are thrilled to announce that the thirteen-strong faculty of international concert pianists and pedagogues alongside the world-renowned guest artist Stephen Kovacevich will be giving daily evening recitals at the school’s Musgrave Theatre at 7.15pm. Tickets for all performances are available for purchase directly on the festival’s website (www.pianoweek.com/whats-on) and you will also have a chance to gain last-minute admission on the door. An impressive list of performers includes the legendary Stephen Kovacevich (USA) performing on 28th July, both festival directors Samantha Ward (UK) and Maciej Raginia (Poland) as well many other award-winning concert pianists and pedagogues: Olivia Sham (Australia), Yuki Negishi (Japan), Annabelle Lawson (UK), Nico de Villiers (South Africa), Mark Nixon (South Africa), Grace Yeo (South Korea), Warren Mailley-Smith (UK), Niel du Preez (South Africa), Aisa Ijiri (Japan) and Maiko Mori (Japan). This year the festival will also welcome a prominent writer, author, educator and pianist Melanie Spanswick amongst its faculty.
For those who have not yet heard of PIANO WEEK since its arrival in Shropshire two years ago, this is a chance to experience classical music of the highest calibre right on your doorstep. With multiple residencies in the UK, Italy, Germany and China in 2018 this UK-born touring classical music enterprise is en route to become one of the major household names amongst piano festivals in the country and overseas. Following PIANO WEEK’s collaboration with Steinway & Sons in Beijing, this year the festival will extend it for the first time to the UK alongside working closely with Schott Music publishers. Since its launch in 2013, PIANO WEEK has welcomed numerous eminent names such as Stephen Kovacevich, Leon McCawley, Chenyin Li and David Fung as its guest artists, which is a tribute to its cultural wealth.
The course part of PIANO WEEK, which runs simultaneously to the festival, is open to participants of any age and ability and forms an intensive programme of master classes, performances and one-to-one lessons, offering pianists of all age and ability an opportunity to study with a distinguished international faculty of concert artists, pedagogues and educators who hail from around the world. Limited ad hoc lessons with the PIANO WEEK faculty may be available for the audience members who secure their places early. Applications for PIANO WEEK’s autumn edition at Moreton Hall (21st October – 28th October 2018) will soon be open, as well as those for our new 2019 residencies in the the UK, Foligno (Italy), Sankt Goar (Germany) and Tokyo (Japan).
& on the door