28 March 2023
By Ellie Palmer
The festival is available to enjoy free of charge on DG’s streaming service STAGE+ and the label’s YouTube channel
Deutsche Grammophon is hosting its fourth international Virtual Piano Festival in celebration of World Piano Day. The festival premiered on DG's YouTube channel and featured a multi-artist compilation. This will be followed by a 30-day feast of full-length programmes on STAGE+, all available as a free trial with promo code WORLDPIANODAY. You can claim the free trial here.
This year, DG hosts a star-studded line-up for their Virtual Piano Festival. Joep Beving, Seong-Jin Cho, Brian Eno & Roger Eno, Jan Lisiecki, Hélène Grimaud, Lucas & Arthur Jussen, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Bruce Liu, Fabian Müller, Víkingur Ólafsson, Max Richter, Grigory Sokolov and Daniil Trifonov are all featuring. Together they will offer a feast of music ranging from the keyboard works of J.S. Bach and Handel to contemporary compositions.
Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon, comments, "We’re delighted to strengthen our partnership with World Piano Day with such varied artists and repertoire, in particular by pairing the profound experience of full concerts in high resolution on STAGE+ with the joyful discovery through short-form contributions on our YouTube channel. We’re proud to be offering access to concerts by some of today’s finest pianists as we celebrate the piano’s versatility and affirm its power to move and inspire.”
Festival highlights include:
✔ Hélène Grimaud’s delightful recital of miniatures from her album Memory, featuring music by Satie, Debussy, Chopin and Silvestrov performed with characteristic elegance in the library of Polling Abbey in Bavaria
✔ Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov’s unique renditions of solo works by Mozart and Beethoven
✔ An all-Chopin recital from Bruce Liu, winner of the 2021 International Chopin Piano Competition
✔ Daniil Trifonov, who is joined by Hannu Lintu and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in the Schumann Piano Concerto
✔ Evgeny Kissin performs works by Berg, Chopin, Gershwin and Khrennikov at a concert filmed live at the 2021 Salzburg Festival
✔ A special live session filmed in Cologne by Lang Lang
World Piano Day falls on the 88th day of every year to coincide with number of keys on a piano. You can find out more here.