An Autumn Piano Festival
A series of great masterpieces performed by ten of the finest young pianists of our time.
Roger Nellist of St Mary’s writes :”As expected, a remarkably high standard of musical performance by all 5 pianists during the first day of our Autumn Piano Festival today, run jointly with the Keyboard Charitable Trust. ‘Exceptional’, ‘excellent’, ‘fabulous’, ‘profound’ and ‘immaculate’ were some of the many compliments from the 40 or so online viewers watching our Livestream in USA, Canada, UK, Poland, Italy, Spain, Ukraine and RSA. We also had 20 – 40 followers attending in the church during the afternoon and evening sessions.
On Day One:
Huge thanks to Zala Kravos (Slovenia), Nikita Burzanitsa (Ukraine), Ellis Thomas (UK), Antonio Morabito (Italy) and Kyle Hutchings (UK) who treated us to a feast of Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev, Scarlatti, Brahms, Ravel, Bach and Mozart. After each performance, KCT Artistic Director Elena Vorotko interviewed the pianists, adding to the enjoyment of this successful first day.
On Day Two:
Roger Nellist writes :”A second day of fabulous recitals by 5 international pianists playing in our Autumn Piano Festival, run jointly with the Keyboard Charitable Trust. Just so many effusive comments were offered about their performances from audience members in the church and from the numerous online viewers (with several pianist friends today in Italy and Bolivia, as well as our usual followers in Poland, USA, Canada and UK). Today, KCT Artistic Director Christopher Axworthy interviewed each pianist after their performance, adding much interest to the day. He will prepare a more detailed review but for all of us this two-day festival has been a musical triumph – which ended in something of a party atmosphere with pianists, KCT organisers (Christopher, Elena and Sarah Biggs), St Mary’s team and some in our audience chatting together and photographing afterwards. It was especially good to see some of our pianists staying to hear the others play. So, very special thanks for their impressive performances go to: Jose Navarro-Silberstein (Bolivia), Filippo Tenisci (Albania/Italy), Giordano Buondonno (Italy), Kasparas Mikuzis (Lithuania) and Misha Kaploukii (Russia).