PIANO WEEK opens in Umbria before heading back to the UK in July and August

07 June 2019
By Ellie Palmer
PIANO WEEK opens in Umbria before heading back to the UK in July and August PIANO WEEK opens in Umbria before heading back to the UK in July and August
PIANO WEEK International Festival & Summer School welcomes pianists of any age and ability

If you’re still deciding what to do this summer, it’s not too late to join PIANO WEEK, the festival and summer school which helps you achieve your musical goals while you soak up the Italian sunshine, enjoy the rural English countryside, or if you’d simply like to spend the day practising.

Whatever your aspirations are, PIANO WEEK can cater for them all. With a bespoke programme of one-to-one piano lessons, duets, memorisation, harmony, pedalling classes and more, the course part of the festival is as intensive as it is fun. While boasting an unparalleled number of performance opportunities for all participants, it would be hard to find a more supportive audience than the one at PIANO WEEK, consisting of your fellow players combined with the festival’s in-house team of concert pianists, who do their utmost to nurture your potential. Here is what they all say:     


As a relatively young musical enterprise now entering its seventh season, PIANO WEEK has quickly gained trust and popularity amongst its stream of returning participants alongside establishing lasting collaborations with Steinway & Sons (in the UK, Japan and China) and Schott Music. Following its inaugural residency at Tokyo’s Symphony Salon in April 2019, PIANO WEEK offers three more exciting locations for participants this summer:


14 – 21 Jul | Foligno (Scuola Comunale di Musica)

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21 – 28 Jul & 28 Jul – 4 Aug | Weston Rhyn (Moreton Hall School)

18 – 25 Aug | Rugby (Rugby School)


Growing organically since its humble beginnings in North Wales in 2013, the festival, led by artistic and creative directors Samantha Ward and Maciej Raginia, has managed to retain its friendly atmosphere and non-selective character. With an age range of 84 years between its youngest and eldest participants and a wide variety of different levels from child participants of all abilities through to adult amateur players and conservatoire students, PIANO WEEK offers one of the most versatile programmes amongst all piano courses.


Aside from the vibrant summer school, world-renowned pianists such as David Fung, Chenyin Li, Leon McCawley and Stephen Kovacevich have performed as guest artists in the festival over the past seven years. Leslie Howard will join the line-up this summer in a performance on 3rd August 2019 in Weston Rhyn (Shropshire) amongst nineteen other recitals given by PIANO WEEK’s international faculty of concert pianists in Umbria, Shropshire and Warwickshire. All concerts are open to the public and tickets are available for purchase on the festival’s website.