Classical piano festival to bring world-famous performers to Rugby - The Rugby Observer

Classical piano festival to bring world-famous performers to Rugby

Andy Morris 1st Aug, 2017   0

WORLD-famous performers including Stephen Kovacevich will head to Rugby this month when a touring classical piano festival comes to Rugby School.

With seven residencies in the UK, Italy, Germany and China in 2017, The Piano Week International Festival and Summer School is becoming a household names among European piano festivals – and it will make its first appearance at the school between August 13 and 20

Headed by British concert pianist Samantha Ward and Polish concert pianist Maciej Raginia, the festival offers performances from its in-house team and from internationally celebrated guest artists.

The week-long festival will climax with Stephen Kovacevich’s performance of Schubert’s last piano sonata in B flat major, followed by the complete cycle of Debussy’s two piano works alongside Samantha Ward, on Saturday August 19 at 7pm.

During the week, daily recitals will be held at Rugby School Memorial Chapel at 7pm featuring Samantha Ward, Maciej Raginia, Alexander Karpeyev and Mark Nixon.

The Summer School will follow Samantha Ward’s concept of creating an all-round musical programme with no boundaries of age, skill or location.

Masterclasses will allow beginners to perform alongside professional concert pianists. One-to-one lessons, masterclasses, duet lessons, listening and harmony, memorisation, composition, theory and sight-reading sessions will be on offer, delivered on Steinway & Sons grand pianos and Yamaha uprights.

Visit or call Rugby Visitor Centre on 01788 533217 for tickets. Visit to take part in the summer school.

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