Lineup for the ninth annual London Piano Festival at Kings Place revealed, with performances by Festival Founders Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen in addition to Lara Melda, Rose McLachlan, Kit Armstrong, Michael Wollny, Reinis Zariņš, Susan Tomes and the Carducci String Quartet

4-6 October 2024 | Kings Place, London

  • Mozart gala featuring three of Mozart’s finest early piano concerti with Katya Apekisheva, Lara Melda and Charles Owen accompanied by the Carducci String Quartet
  • Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus by Reinis Zariņš in his Festival debut
  • A two-piano improvised set from classical pianist Kit Armstrong and jazz pianist Michael Wollny
  • 22 pieces inspired by Chopin’s 22 Nocturnes, an anthology of works written by women composers, with Rose McLachlan
  • A centenary celebration of Fauré and his contemporaries in solo and duet works with Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen
  • A recital of works written by female piano composers over the past two centuries with Susan Tomes

Pianists and co-Artistic Directors Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen reveal another dynamic lineup for the ninth London Piano Festival (LPF) which returns to Kings Place from 4-6 October 2024. Three days of classical and jazz piano performances will see Festival debuts from exceptional pianists Lara Melda, Kit Armstrong, Rose McLachlan, Michael Wollny and Reinis Zariņš. Other instruments feature in the Festival lineup for the first time with the esteemed Carducci String Quartet performing in the Mozart gala, and pianist and writer Susan Tomes returns to close this year’s Festival. Under 30s tickets are available for all concerts at a reduced price of £8.50. The Festival is delighted to be working with International Piano magazine as its media partner for the ninth year running.

Co-Artistic Directors Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen commented, “We are delighted to return to the beautiful space at Kings Place and to welcome so many outstanding pianists for their Festival debut this year. In our ninth edition, there is a particular focus on women composers – Susan Tomes highlights historic works, whilst Rose McLachlan brings us 22 new pieces, and our joint Fauré recital spotlights the works of his female contemporaries, Mel Bonis and Cecile Chaminade. We also include other instruments in our lineup for the first time with the superb Carducci Quartet – a much-anticipated new strand to the LPF journey!”

The Festival Founders Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen open this year’s Festival with a Mozart Gala, featuring three of Mozart’s finest early piano concerti. Apekisheva performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major K414, whilst Owen takes on his Concerto in C Major K415. Lara Melda, the winner of the 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, makes her Festival debut with Mozart’s Piano Concerto in Eb Major K449. They are joined by the internationally renowned Carducci String Quartet in special arrangements of these works for string quartet [4 Oct].

Apekisheva and Owen take to the stage together once again with a Fauré Salon 100 programme, celebrating the composer’s centenary year. The recital, designed to evoke the intimate setting of a 19th-century Parisian salon, spotlights Fauré alongside his composer contemporaries, Mel Bonis and Cecile Chaminade. Apekisheva and Owen will alternate solo compositions with works for piano duet, representing their longstanding collaboration as performers, and concluding with Fauré’s ever-popular Dolly Suite [5 Oct].

Rose McLachlan, winner of the Chopin Prize at both Chetham’s and the Royal Northern College of Music, makes her Festival – and Kings Place – debut with 22 pieces inspired by Chopin’s 22 Nocturnes. McLachlan conceived this new anthology as a collection of works by talented, but as yet unpublished, female composers. 16 works were chosen from 80 scores submitted by women composers around the world, with the remaining six commissioned by established composers, such as Zoe Rahman [5 Oct].

The London Piano Festival typically features jazz in its lineup, and in Armstrong meets Wollny, two world-class performers come together for a special collaboration: classical pianist Kit Armstrong and jazz pianist Michael Wollny. Both artists will return to Kings Place in their Festival debut for a unique solo and duo improvisation set [5 Oct].

Award-winning Latvian pianist Reinis Zariņš makes his London Piano Festival debut with Olivier Messiaen’s epic cycle, Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus, composed during the darkest days of the Second World War. Writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson will explore the historical context of the work in an insightful pre-concert talk [6 Oct].

The Festival closes with Women and the Piano, a recital from pianist and writer Susan Tomes. Taking her new book of the same name as a starting point Susan performs a series of compositions by women composers over the last 200 years, including Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Cecile Chaminade and Amy Beach. There will be a post-concert Q&A with Susan hosted by Tim Parry, Editor of International Piano magazine and Deputy Editor of Gramophone magazine[6 Oct].

The London Piano Festival was founded by pianists Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen in 2016 and takes place every October at Kings Place, London. Previous visiting artists have included Alfred Brendel, Alexandra Dariescu, Julian Joseph, Gabriela Montero, Stephen Kovacevich, Jason Rebello, Vadym Kholodenko, Leszek Możdżer and Kathryn Stott, amongst many others. The Festival has also commissioned several new works for two pianos, working with composers including Sally Beamish, Jonathan Dove, Elena Langer and Nico Muhly.

Full programme

Friday 5 October, 7:30pm | Kings Place, Hall One

A Mozart Gala

Mozart Piano Concerto in A, K414 (KA)

Mozart Piano Concerto in C, K415 (CO)

Mozart Piano Concerto in E, K449 (LM)

Katya ApekishevaCharles Owen and Lara Melda piano

TBC double bass | Carducci String Quartet

Tickets | £20 – £50 + under 30s and concessions

Saturday 5 October, 12pm | Kings Place, Hall One

Fauré 100: Fin De Siècle

Chaminade Serenade d’automne

Chaminade La chaise a Porteurs (CO & KA)

Chaminade Automne (CO)

Fauré Nocturne No. 6 in D flat, Op. 63 (CO)

Fauré Barcarolle No. 5 in F Sharp minor, Op. 44 (CO)

Fauré Nocturne No. 1 in E flat minor Op. 33/1 (KA)

Fauré Nocturne No. 3 in A flat, Op. 33/3 (KA)

Fauré Impromptu No. 2 in F minor Op. 31 (KA)

Mel Bonis Melisande & Omphale (KA)

Fauré Dolly Suite, Op. 56 (CO & KA)

Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen piano

Tickets | £22 + under 30s and concessions

Saturday 5 October, 3pm | Kings Place, Hall Two

Rose Mclachlan: Twenty-Two Nocturnes

Agnieszka Lasko Autumn                                      

Nitzan Vardi As They Come And Go

Alanna Crouch                                                              

Dianna Neufeld For a Winter’s Night

Marlowe Carruth Pregando                                 

Wendy Edwards Beardall-Norton Nocturne for Lora

Jennifer Bowman                                                        

Heather Hammond Thinking of Frederic

Caroline Tyler                                                                

June Armstrong Sweet Sorrow

Helen Walker Like the Night                               

Victoria Proudler Triste

Lucy Hackett The Moth                                                            

Caroline Wright Reflections

Stephenie Leung La ballerine solitaire

Katie Jenkins Cerddorieth i Bronwyn

Charlotte Butler Moonlight on the Waves

Charlotte Botterill Waves Collide with the Precipice…

Nicole DiPaolo

Olga Berman Elegy

Nancy Litten Fred and Bertie’s Nighttime Stroll

Zoe Rahman

Rose McLachlan piano

Tickets | £18 + under 30s and concessions

Saturday 5 October, 7:30pm | Kings Place, Hall One

Armstrong meets Wollny

Michael Wollny and Kit Armstrong piano

Tickets | £22 – £35 + under 30s and concessions

Sunday 6 October, 11:00 | Kings Place, Hall Two

Pre-Concert Talk: Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus

Stephen Johnson speaker

Tickets | FREE, but a ticket for the concert is required

Sunday 6 October, 12pm | Kings Place, Hall One

Messiaen: Vingt Regards Sur L’enfant Jésus

Messiaen Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus

Reinis Zariņš piano

Tickets | £20-40 + under 30s and concessions

Sunday 6 October, 3pm | Kings Place, Hall Two

Susan Tomes: Women And The Piano

Marianna Martinez Sonata in A

Hélène de Montgeroult Etude No. 106 in B

Maria Szymanowska Caprice sur la Romance de Joconde

Fanny Mendelssohn ‘Mai’ and ‘Juli’ from Das Jah

Clara Schumann Notturno, Op. 6, No. 2

Romance, Op. 21, No. 3

Teresa Carreño Un Bal en Rêve

Amy Beach Dreaming, Op. 15, No. 3

Cecile Chaminade Guitare

Susan Tomes piano

Tickets | £22 + under 30s and concessions
Kings Place, 90 York Way, King’s Cross, London, N1 9AG