Dear friends of Ruhr Piano Festival,
This year, once more, in spite of all uncertainty, we remain confident that we will be able to offer you a marvellous 2021 edition of the Ruhr Piano Festival, hoping that we will know in the course of the month of April whether we shall be allowed to open the doors of our concert halls at the end of May. Of course this depends on the progression of infection in Germany and the associated restrictions. We shall only know about the exact circumstances under which our concerts can take place when the restrictions are made known. Audience seating plans will probably follow the chessboard pattern: the seat next to you, in front of you and in back of you is left unoccupied. It might happen that attendance is only allowed to those who wear an FFP2 mask and/or present a recent rapid test with a negative result (as was the case in the pilot project carried out in Berlin). We count on the government of the Land of North Rhine Westphalia to clarify all circumstances shortly after Easter.
In any case, from our side we feel well prepared. Improved service in our new ticket system helps you easily purchase your concert tickets, either online or by calling our new telephone hotline. We hope to announce the first date for advanced booking before the end of April, along with our detailed festival programme. We can already foresee that the 2021 Ruhr Piano Festival shall take place in two different seasons. All circumstances permitting, the first one shall be from 28 May to 16 July. Then, after summer vacation, we shall propose a second concert series starting on 3 September. All in all, we plan to hold about 50 concerts. In the first season we already have the pleasure of welcoming Anna Vinnitskaya, Evgeny Kissin, Igor Levit, Gabriela Montero, Maria João Pires, Khatia & Gvantsa Buniatishvili, Arcadi Volodos, and Hélène Grimaud. Then, in the fall, several special recitals shall pay tribute to the great Alfred Brendel in the year of his 90th birthday.
We are admittedly still struggling to ensure that our concerts can take place. This year’s programme announcements will thus necessarily be more short-term than usual, and the same applies to the opening of advanced booking. I recommend that you regularly check back on this website. Our weekly newsletter keeps you up-to-date first hand, providing you with the best tips to help you secure your concert tickets in advance. You can pass this information on to friends! We also stay in touch with you via our new weekly podcast called “AnTasten”, and thanks to our presence on social media.
I wish all of you and all of us quite a bit of patience, perseverance and, most of all, good health. You can continue to look forward to wonderful concerts, and I know that our artists share your enthusiasm!
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