It’s All About Piano – Information for Press & Media

From 22 to 24 March 2013, the Institut Français in London will celebrate the king of all musical instruments with its very first piano festival, It’s All About Piano! Come and discover the infinite possibilities offered by the black and white keys, from recitals to jazz, film screenings, kids’ activities, workshops, a ciné-concert and much more.

Whether you delight in Schubert or only sway to the jazz greats, whether you want to listen to the masters or watch fascinating films unveiling what goes on behind the scenes in the music world, It’s All About Piano! is sure to enchant and amaze you.

This piano extravaganza will take over the Institut Français for three whole days of musical treats, from our in- house bistro revamped into a piano bar, to the Ciné Lumière which will house the greatest performers – Imogen Cooper, Cyprien Katsaris, Felicity Lott, Baptiste Trotignon, and more – as they explore the full length of the piano repertoire, not to mention our Liszt Room, a secret space with exclusive screenings. Our “Cabinet of Curiosities” series will take over the elegant setting of the Institut’s Art Deco listed library to present little-known works played by young prodigies and established artists such as Anne Queffélec, and our elegant Salons, tucked away behind a hidden door, will host innovative performances.

In the family of musical instruments, the piano is in a class of its own. With its wide range and polyphonous nature, it truly is an orchestra in miniature. It is opera, symphony, and string quartet all in one – the piano is much more than a piano. In the end, it is much more of a tool than an instrument… a magical tool. (…) Pianists are faced with a Himalaya of treasures. – Anne Queffélec



Friday 22nd March        

18.00                Nick van Bloss playing Bach “Goldberg Variations BWV 988”

19.00                Lidija & Sanja Bizjac “Cabinet of Curiosities” (Debussy, Busser, Bonis & Ravel)


Saturday 23rd March

10.30                Lawson Piano Trio – Family Concert

13.00                Guillaume Vincent – playing Alkan, Rachmaninov & Liszt

14.00                Paris Conservatoire Showcase featuring Antoine Alerini, Matthieu Acar & Nathanaël Gouin

17.30                Paul Roberts – Ravel “Miroirs”

19.00                Imogen Cooper playing Schubert “Drei Klavierstucke D946; Sonata in G major D894; Deutsche Tanze; Moments Musicaux D780


Sunday 24th March

12.00                Ivan Ilić “Cabinet of Curiosities” – programme includes Glass, Satie, Pärt, Cage, Marcus & Adams

13.00                Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen playing Ravel, Poulenc & Stravinsky duets

16.00                Anne Queffélec “Cabinet of Curiosities” playing Satie, de Séverac, Poulenc, Debussy, Ferroud, Hahn, Dupont, Koechlin and Schmitt

17.30                Worbey & Farrell – Internationally renowned comedy piano duo

18.00                Ferenc Vizi “Cabinet of Curiosities” – including Mozart, Debussy, de Falla, Piazzola & Gershwin

19.30                Cyprien Katsaris – Chopin Liszt & Debussy


Jazz Concerts

Saturday 23rd March

22.00                Laurent de Wilde


Sunday 24th March

21.30                Baptiste Trotignon


Film Screenings

Friday 22nd March

20.00                La Voix Humaine – World Premiere – Followed by Q&A with Dame Felicity Lott and Graham Johnson, hosted by James Jolly (Gramophone/BBC R3)


Saturday 23rd March

10.00                Musical Medley (Cartoons for Children with a piano theme)

14.00                Pianomania – followed by a discussion with Ulrich Gerhartz of Steinway & Sons


Sunday 24th March

10.30                The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T

14.00                Au Bonheur des Dames with live accompaniment by Karol Beffa


Talks and Presentations

Saturday 23rd March

11.00                La Musique with Frédéric Chopin (for younger children)

17.30                Paul Roberts – Ravel “Miroirs”


Sunday 24th March

14.00                Melanie Spanswick “So You Want To Play the Piano?”



Every Day

Various Times               Piano Nuts and Bolts with Alain Chauvel

Various Times               Free Piano Tuition


Sunday 24th March

15.00-17.30              Piano Yoga


Notes for Editors & Media

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