Director of the Ruhr Piano Festival
President of the of the Ruhr Piano Festival Foundation
Magaing Director of the Ruhr Piano Festival “Sponsoring und Service GmbH”
At last, the time has come we can play again! We have mustered the courage to print a programme booklet for our second series in 2021, featuring all concerts that have been postponed to the fall season. Last fall, in 2020, we had to cancel thirteen concerts due to the pandemic, and it felt like an amputation. We are even more thankful for having been able to resume our public activities since 20 June 2021 in the presence of you, our beloved audience, after having at least maintained a virtual link with you through four excellent streaming events.
The period without public concerts was put to good use, and we have now reorganized our online ticket sales to react to changing circumstances with a greater degree of flexibility. Thus, you can retain an option for a certain concert date on our website, and we are better equipped to react on short notice to eventual capacity restrictions.
This fall, we plan to make up for lost time by featuring the musical events that were planned for the previous spring. For instance, we plan to celebrate the great Alfred Brendel’s 90th birthday with performances given by his colleagues and former students. We shall likewise catch up on the recital series foreseen on historical fortepianos. Thus, from 3 September on, we shall present a total of ca. 30 concerts. After an inaugural concert with Arthur and Lucas Jussen, we likewise feature a trio evening with Anne-Sophie Mutter, as well as further concerts with Krystian Zimerman, Sir András Schiff, and Marc-André Hamelin. Fascinating programmes will be proposed by the likes of Jeremy Denk and Michael Korstick; newcomers Alexandra Dovgan and Isata Kanneh-Mason shall give their début performance at the Festival. We will likewise have the pleasure of hearing Ruhr Piano Festival Scholarship holders Eva Gevgoryan and A Bu: the latter in our JazzLine, which shall also see the return of Ramón Valle and Antonio Farao with their respective trios.
In view of pandemic-related unpredictability, we recommend that you check our website on a regular basis. Subscribe free of charge to our newsletter, and we will do everything in our power to keep you up to date about what is going on at the Festival. I would like to conclude by recommending our new digital podcast service. A few days before each concert, by scanning the QR code on your ticket or by visiting the corresponding webpage on our digital concert agenda, you can not only read the programme notes, but also enjoy listening to “Intro to Go”, a short introduction to the evening’s recital to whet your appetite. You can tune in, for instance, while you are on the way to the concert!
All of us at the Ruhr Piano Festival can hardly wait to finally welcome you once more. Stay healthy and hopeful!
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