Klavier-Festival Ruhr 2016: Johannes Brahms, Max Reger and Ferruccio Busoni
Essen, 15.01.2016 | This is the first time that the Klavier-Festival Ruhr will be dedicated to the music of Johannes Brahms. At the opening concert on Friday, 15 April, at the City Hall in Mülheim, Russian pianist Arcadi Volodos will perform the piano music of the Late Romantic Period composer. Also that evening, the artist will receive the prize of the Klavier-Festival Ruhr 2016. Other artistic highlights of the festival in 2016 include events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Max Reger, and the 150th birthday of Ferruccio Busoni.
The 2016 festival ends on Sunday, 10 July, at 5:00 pm with the duo Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim, who have gifted the Klavier-Festival Ruhr foundation with a charity concert at the Philharmonie Essen. In total, the Klavier-Festival Ruhr 2016 will organize 69 concerts in 23 cities on 30 podiums in the region.
Erich Staake is the patron of the Klavier-Festival Ruhr 2016. The Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport), himself a long-time member and former co-moderator of the Initiativkreis Ruhr, says: “On the occasion of the 300 year anniversary of the Port of Duisburg in 2016, duisport would like to take this opportunity to substantially strengthen its commitment to Klavier-Festival Ruhr as the main sponsor. As a member company of the Initiativkreis Ruhr, we have every reason to be very proud of our leading cultural project. Even more so as the festival has been able to use its function as an independent foundation to further mobilize the personal commitment of many music lovers. In addition, it is a great pleasure for me personally to be part of the Klavier-Festival Ruhr 2016 in my capacity as patron."
The program highlights of the festival, which is the world's foremost meeting place for pianists, include performances of the Brahms piano concertos by French master pianist Hélène Grimaud and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Also on the program are piano trios, numerous art songs and the two clarinet sonatas op. 120, performed by internationally renowned pianists such as Elena Bashkirova, Graham Johnson and Andreas Staier. The part of the program featuring the music of Max Reger includes a series of variation works and not least his grandiose piano concerto - played by Gerhard Oppitz and the Essener Philharmoniker under the direction of Karlheinz Steffens.
Many other contemporary master pianists will be following the invitation to the world's most important piano event in 2016, including Leif Ove Andsnes, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Khatia Buniatishvili, Marc-André Hamelin, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Igor Levit, Gabriela Montero, Alice Sara Ott, Maria João Pires, Sir András Schiff, Martin Stadtfeld, Daniil Trifonov, Mitsuko Uchida and Krystian Zimerman.
This year's JazzLine of the festival features eight exclusive concerts - with performances by Michel Camilo and his Trio Latino, Monty Alexander with the Harlem-Kingston Express, the Gerald Clayton Trio, the Jacky Terrasson Trio, with Danilo Pérez and the WDR Big Band, the trio project by Hiromi and with Till Brönner and his “Piano Friends” Enrico Pieranunzi and Martin Tingvall. A charity concert benefiting refugee children will be held as part of JazzLine at the Deutscher Juristentag in September 2016. Hilario Durán and the WDR Big Band Cologne will perform at the Philharmonie Essen under the title “Cuban Night”.
The Education Team of the Klavier-Festival Ruhr will celebrate a big birthday at Essener Haus Fuhr: It is the ten-year anniversary of the Little Piano School, which has taught the basic elements of piano and the world of music to more than 300 children between the ages of two to six. With the project “ÜberGänge – Brücken bauen durch Musik”, which is supported by the Mercator Foundation, Klavier-Festival Ruhr continues its on-going educational activities. Projects that span across schools, inclusion projects and the integration of children from newly-arrived immigrant families play a key role in the creative workshop activities in city districts such as Duisburg-Marxloh. Children and youth learn more about the music of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók with the support of experts.
Advance ticket sales for all concerts begin on Saturday, 16 January 2016 at 9:00 am. Tickets are available under the Hotline 01806/ 500 80 3 (0.20 € per call from German landlines, mobile max. 0.60 € per call); seats can also be booked over the internet (www.klavierfestival.de).
Media contact: Anke Demirsoy, Tel: 0201/ 89 66 873, mobile: 0160/ 63 66 511,presse[∂]klavierfestival.de