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International Piano Day 2023

March 29th, 2023 in Piano News by

Piano Day is an annual and growing worldwide event that takes place on the 88th day of the year. Originally founded in 2015 by Nils Frahm, it falls on March 29 in the year 2023. 88 corresponds to the number of keys of the piano.

“Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But mostly, because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener.”
– Nils Frahm

Official website: pianoday.org

Piano Day website presents a vast collection of events taking place all over the world. Many of them favour the so called ”new-classical piano music” genre. Piano Street has put an effort in finding performances which reflect the classical piano repertoire.

Selected events: (more will be added when available)

Medici TV

Medici honors World Piano Day in a 88-minute celebration of legendary pianists and works we love to hear them play. Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein to Van Cliburn and Emil Gilels, Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim to Maria João Pires and Grigory Sokolov, Yuja Wang and Daniil Trifonov to Alexandra Dovgan and Yunchan Lim and more.


Amsterdam Conservatory

Amsterdam Conservatory honors the day by placing this versatile instrument in a new light, and to celebrate piano music in all its forms. Twelve pianists, among students, alumni and teachers were asked to share their story and favourite music. The result is a musical program that varies from romantic transcriptions to improvisation and contemporary repertoire. And all of this on the institution’s beautiful, new Steinway Grand Piano.

Program:

Illia Fialko – Paintings in sound: two Etudes-Tableaux by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Joy Shechter, River Adomeit (double bass) – Head In The Sand
Mathias Spee – Eclipse: Dutch piano music by Hans Henkemans (1913-1995) and by himself
Chris Muller, Ton Felices (double bass) & David Puime (drums) – Rachid by Michel Petrucciani
Aarón Ormaza Vera – The Piano in Latin America
Alexandra Kaptein – Songs without words: Franz Liszt’s Piano Transcriptions of songs by Franz Schubert and Robert Franz.
Juan Pedro García Olivia – Living Legend: Piano pieces by György Kurtág
Aiden Mikdad – Virtuoso encores from the romantic repertoire.
Chaerin Im, Matteo Mazzù (bass) – ‘Curiosity Killed The Cat’
Daan Oostdam & Shane van Neerden – Piano music of Nikolai Medtner (1879-1951)
Federica Lorusso – Milonga Gris by Carlos Aguirre
Xavi Torres – “opus 90 revisited”, Torres Meets beethoven.

Hear the performances here >>


ARTE Concert’s Piano Day

In the magnificent setting of the Paris Opéra Comique, ARTE Concert invites you on a musical world tour on the occasion of Piano Day with pianists Yaron Herman, Benjamin Epps, La Chica, Tigran Hamasyan and Shani Diluka.


MUSON World Piano Day Celebration

The Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) celebrated World Piano Day in Lagos. The show which was slated for March 29 was held at the Agip Recital Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. The main objective of MUSON is the promotion of the understanding, enjoyment and performance of classical and contemporary music in Nigeria, and to promote music education to young or old willing music lovers.


Berlin Classics

Berlin Classics honors Piano Day 2023 by sharing a collection of their artists performing a lovely selection of piano repertoire.

00:00 Luisa Imorde & Jacques Rouvier – Mozart Adagio in C Minor for two pianos, K.546
03:20 Marina Baranova – Ernest Bloch: Enfantines, B. 49, No. 10 “Dream”
05:24 Claire Huangci – Sergei Rachmaninoff: 5 Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3 No. 2: Prelude in C-Sharp Minor
10:15 Fabian Müller – Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata in A Major, D959: II. Andantino
17:40 Danae Dörken – Charles Gounod: Nocturne in E-Flat Major, CG 590: Souvenance
21:23 Benyamin Nuss – Frederic Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Variation 15
22:57 Alexander Krichel – Sergei Rachmaninoff: Etudes-Tableaux, Op.39: No. 1 in C Minor
26.07 Matthias Kirschnereit – Beethoven: Polonaise in C Major, Op.89
32:25 Danae Dörken – Claude Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, L. 86
42:03 Claire Huangci – Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
44:40 Claire Huangci – Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No. 4 in F Major, Op. 15
49:02 Alexander Krichel – Sergei Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 39: No. 6 in A Minor
51:50 Benyamin Nuss – Frederic Rzewski: Mayn Yingele: Thema. Variation 1
55:43 Fabian Müller – Franz Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D946: III. Allegro
1:00:37 Silver Garburg Piano Duo – Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56b: Finale
1:04:26 Luisa Imorde – Kapustin: Moon Rainbow, Op. 161
1:10:13 Fabian Müller – Brahms: 2 Rhapsodies, Op. 79: No. 2
1:16:55 Silver Garburg Piano Duo – Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56b: Variation IV

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