27th Edition Of Singapore International Piano Festival To Take Place In 2021

Published on 06 April 2021

The 27th edition of the annual Singapore International Piano Festival takes place 3-6 June this year, featuring four virtuoso pianists and a broad scope of musical works.

Kseniia Vokhmianina, Churen Li, Nicholas Loh and Chang Yun-Hua will each perform solo recitals in the historic Victoria Concert Hall over four nights. Ticket sales begin on Thursday 8 April at 10am.

Lim Yan, Artistic Director of the Singapore International Piano Festival, said:

"The 27th edition of the Singapore International Piano Festival promises to be a jubilant return of the Festival. I’m delighted to welcome four brilliant pianists presenting varied and wide-ranging programmes with music spanning the 18th century to the present day; from familiar favourites to modern masterpieces by Aaron Copland and George Crumb."

Praised for her “artistry of the highest order” (The Straits Times), the multi-award-winning Kseniia Vokhmianina opens the 2021 Singapore International Piano Festival with a recital of Bach, Rachmaninoff and three evocative preludes by one of the most important 20th century composers of her native Ukraine, Levko Revutsky.

Listed in Singapore Tatler's 2018 Generation-T List, 25-year-old Li Churen is the “epitome of poise and polish” (The Straits Times), a pianist impressing audiences with her musicality, poetry and charm. Besides hearing her own take on Bach, come witness the uncanny inventiveness of Crumb’s Five Pieces for Piano, a piece close to Li, which are framed by the creative fantasies of Schumann and Ravel.

A familiar personality in the Singapore music scene, Nicholas Loh affirms his title as a “fervent exponent of new music” in this programme of contemporary piano works. The American composer-pianist Frederic Rzewski’s North American Ballads is a fascinating evocation of American social history cast in the manner of Bach’s chorale preludes, while George Crumb’s Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik takes you on an otherworldly night journey across his signature soundscape.

From the seaside glitter of the Spanish coast to the folk melodies of Eastern Europe, Taiwanese pianist Chang Yun-Hua presents a colourful journey on the piano that includes Brahms’ sparkling 25 variations on a Handellian theme and Beethoven’s middle period masterpiece that starts with a farewell but ends in happy reunion.

In addition, there’ll be a preface to the festival: an online conversation with pianist Mei Yi Foo. The conversation will be available to watch for free on 2 June, on the Singapore International Piano Festival’s Facebook page, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s YouTube channel.

www.pianofestival.com.sg/ 

IN CONVERSATION WITH MEI YI FOO (ONLINE)
DATE & TIME
2 June (Wednesday), 9pm

WHERE TO WATCH
SIPF Facebook and YouTube pages

KSENIIA VOKHMIANINA
DATE & TIME
3 June 2021 (Thursday), 7.30pm

VENUE
Victoria Concert Hall

PROGRAMME
BACH Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825
REVUTSKY Three Piano Preludes, Op. 4
RACHMANINOFF Six moments musicaux, Op. 16

CHUREN LI
DATE & TIME
4 June 2021 (Friday), 7.30pm

VENUE
Victoria Concert Hall

PROGRAMME
BACH/LI Prelude after Bach
SCHUMANN Kreisleriana, Op. 16
CRUMB Five Pieces for Piano
RAVEL Miroirs

NICHOLAS LOH
DATE & TIME
5 June 2021 (Saturday), 7.30pm

VENUE
Victoria Concert Hall

PROGRAMME
RZEWSKI North American Ballads
CRUMB Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik

CHANG YUN-HUA

DATE & TIME
6 June 2021 (Sunday), 7.30pm

VENUE
Victoria Concert Hall

PROGRAMME
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux”
COPLAND Piano Variations
ALBÉNIZ Almería from Iberia, Book II
BRAHMS Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
BALAKIREV Islamey, Op. 18

TICKET PRICES*
Recitals: $50, $35, $20

Concessions
Students, Senior Citizens, NSFs and PWDs: 30% off Cat 3

SSO Friends Season Pass
10% off Cat 1-3

Corporate Bookings
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*before booking fees: $1 for tickets $20 and below, $3 for tickets $20.01 to $40, $4 for tickets above $40.

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