31 March-2 April: Don't miss out on London's most exciting piano festival in 2017!

28 February 2017
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And Pianist editor Erica Worth hosts the 'Your Time to Shine' amateur piano event!



31 March-2 April 2017

Institut français, London


Pianist is proud to be media partner to London’s inspiring All About Piano! festival, now in its fifth year. Over this short period well over 100 artists have performed at a wide range of concerts and events for all ages, each celebrating the richness and versatility of the piano. For this fifth festival, All About Piano! yet again brings together an amazing list of dazzling artists.

Running from Friday March 31 to Sunday 2 April 2017, All About Piano! gives a chance to hear more, know more and share more. The programme presents young talents alongside international stars of the keyboard, family events, recitals (both classical and jazz), films, workshops, exhibitions, tuition and more.

Pianist editor Erica Worth mosts the ‘Come and Play’ amateur piano event on Sunday 2 April.

All events will take place in the Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place, South Kensington, London SW7 2DT (Tel: 020 7871 3515). Box office and full details via the All About Piano website. 

Here's a clip from last year's event..


Event listing below


Friday 31 March



International star MELVYN TAN performs Beethoven: Sonata no. 30 Op. 109; Jonathan Dove: Catching Fire; Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor. Melvyn Tan comments:

‘I'm delighted to share with you some of the special moments related to my 60th birthday projects last year. Catching Fire was specially written for me by my friend the composer Jonathan Dove for the occasion, and the Beethoven and Liszt are from the Master and Pupil CD released on Onyx Classics that celebrated the teacher-pupil relationships between the two composers and Czerny.’



YARON HERMAN presents an hour of jazz improvisation. With a background of traditional Israeli music and the European concert hall music tradition, a short stint at Berklee College School of Music and his current presence in the Parisian music scene, Yaron has developed an unparalleled style of ’real time composition’ and a wild improvisational flare culminating in a rare music form which is playful, cinematic and stunning.


Saturday 1 April

10.00 – 11.30am

MELVYN TANN presents a Masterclass with students from the Paris Conservatoire and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.




Baby Tales (Anna Orford [storytelling] with Gabriela Georgieva [piano]). In (easy) French, this interactive toddlers session will bring a touch of magic to your morning. Fun, educational and exciting discoveries ahead.


12.00 - 13.00

TRISTAN PFAFF delivers a French themed programme. Featuring Debussy; La fille aux cheveux de lin/La plus que lent/Clair de lune; Poulenc: Improvisation #15 (Hommage à Édith Piaf)/Les Chemins de l’amour; C. Trenet/A. Weissenberg: En Avril à Paris; Massenet/Saint-Saëns: La mort de Thaïs (paraphrase de concert); Liszt: Reve d’amour/Valse-impromptu/Rakoczy March (arr. Horowitz); Offenbach/Moskowski: Barcarolle from the Tales of Hoffman.


14.00 – 16.00

FILM & TALK - The Red Turtle (La Tortue rouge) with composer Laurent Perez del Mar and pianist Daniel Gilet. This is the first commercial screening in the UK of this Oscar Nominated Animated Feature. Through the story of a shipwrecked sailor on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, The Red Turtle evokes the main stages of the life of a human being, paradoxically struck by isolation and freedom. Presented in Cannes Un Certain Regard selection, it is the first international co-production for famed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli. Preceded by a 20mn talk with film composer Laurent Perez del Mar who will reveal the secrets of his artistic approach and play the main musical themes of the film on the piano.


14.00 – 14.45

Steinway’s Master Piano Tuner, ULRICH GERHARTZ gives a talk on “The Prepared Piano” with pianist Cédric Pescia. A prepared piano is a piano that has had its sound altered by placing objects between or on the strings. The first composer to use it extensively was John Cage, who is often credited with inventing the instrument.


15.00 – 16.30

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CÉDRIC PESCIA offers a fascinating programme which includes prepared piano. Cage: In a Landscape; Beethoven: Bagatelle op. 119 1 & 2; Cage: 1st Interlude for prepared piano/Sonata V for prepared piano/Sonata VI for prepared piano/Sonata VII for prepared piano/Sonata XII for prepared piano; Beethoven: Bagatelles no. 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 op. 119: Cage: Sonata X111 for prepared piano/sonata XIV for prepared piano/sonata XV for prepared piano/Sonata XVI for prepared piano/Extract de “Suite for Toy Piano”; Beethoven: Sonata no. 32 in C minor op. 111; Cage: 4’33”



IVAN ILIC presents the UK premiere of a programme featuring works by Antoine Reicha which were written in the early 19th century, but only recently published. Ivan has recorded these pieces for release later in 2017.  Featuring: Etudes dans le genre fugué, Op.97; Grande Sonate en ut; Extracts from Praktische Beispiele:Capriccio, Harmonie, Mesure composée, Fantaisie sur un seul accord.


21.00 – 22.00

International pianist BARRY DOUGLAS presents a programme comprising Schubert: Sonata in C minor; Brahms: 3 Intermezzi, Op.117; Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op.37 (extracts); Brahms: Variations on a theme by Paganini, Book 1.

The 2016/17 season sees Barry performing two full Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto cycles in Ireland with the RTE Orchestra in Dublin and the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast.  He also gives two performances of Tchaikovsky’s first Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, and opened the St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s concert season, all marking the 30th anniversary of his Tchaikovsky International Competition win. This concert at All About Piano represents an all too rare solo performance and is sure to be quickly sold out.


Sunday 2 April

11.00 – 12.00pm

Cine-Concert featuring Buster Keaton Shorts with live accompaniment by John Sweeney.

Sunday 2 April

12.00 – 13.00

ISMAËL MARGAIN & GUILLAME BELLOM play piano four hands together and have recorded two discs of Mozart and Schubert, released on the Aparte label. Their programme here features: Saint-Saëns: Rouet d'Omphale; Schubert: Fantaisy; Schumann: Carnets d'orient; Bizet: Jeux d'enfants (extracts): La Tombelle: Orientale




This Cine-Concert “La Fille de l’eau” with live accompaniment by John Sweeney. One of the first films directed by Jean Renoir and featuring his first wife, Catherine Hessling, La Fille de l’eau takes place in the late 19th century, in an age of canals and barges. Reduced to poverty from the loss of her father, Vurginia falls back on her own resources to eke out a simple living by stealing, until a classic case of mistaken identity forces her to flee. Preceded by Fernand Léger’s Ballet Mécanique.


14.30 – 15.30

This family concert features THE FIDELIO TRIO and introduces children to chamber music and active listening. 

Haydn: Piano Trio in G Major, Gypsy Rondo - Finale: Rondo all'Ongarese. Presto; Beethoven: Piano Trio n°1, Op.70, Ghost - 1st mvt Allegro Vivace e con brio; Arensky: Piano Trio n°1 in D Minor, Scherzo; Weir: Piano Trio Two - 3rd mvt "Open your own Treasure House"; Satie: Le piège de Méduse: Ravel: Mother Goose Suite (extracts) ; Pantoum from Trio; Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now, arr. Joe Cutler


16.00 – 17.30

Your Time to Shine! is an amateur contest where five previously selected contestants will perform for the audience and a jury of professional music experts. Hosted by Pianist editor Erica Worth 


18.00 - 19.00

Marcela Roggeri & François Chaplin – present a thrilling programme of music for two pianos.

Featuring: Saint- Saëns; Danse Macabre; Poulenc: Élégie; L'Embarquement pour Cythère; Milhaud: Le Bœuf sur le Toit; Ravel: Pavane; Gershwin: 3 Préludes; Debussy: Prélude à l'après midi d'un Faune; Piazzolla: Verano Porteño; Libertango


20.00 - 21.00

Piano Brothers

The concert will feature the music of Bernstein along with fiery arrangements of modern classics from Adele to Muse as well as a few surprises along the way. The concert will also feature ‘Ballade For Steinway’, the Piano Brothers’ own composition for the Telegraph/Steinway short film, ‘The Making of a Model B’.


Throughout the Festival

Art Exhibition with The Discerner

Five artists have been commissioned to celebrate the piano in all its guises. Come and discover exclusive works specially creatred by Simon Kirk, Lou Hamilton, Scott McLachlan, Gillian Hyl and Letizia Reuss.