Oxford Piano Festival heads online

Oxford Piano Festival will take place online from 3-7 August 2020. In addition to concerts, the festival offers free webinars, clinics, and archive masterclasses. Organised by Oxford Philharmonic, it was originally due to run from 1-9 August before COVID-19 hit.

Names that jump out of the programme include Ignas Maknickas, who gives a recital of Bach and Chopin on 3 August; Julius Asal, who offers a rendition of Bartók’s Suite, Op 14 on 6 August; and Nuron Mukumi, who performs a selection from Tchaikovsky’s 18 Pieces for Piano, Op 72 on 7 August.

Aspiring pianists can benefit from masterclasses with artistic director Marios Papadopoulos as well as Martin James Bartlett, Adam Heron and Christopher Jessup. Elsewhere, Ian Jones gives a piano clinic on 6 August.

“I am delighted to take Oxford Piano Festival online this year, giving aspiring pianists across the globe a chance to experience the unique didactic environment of our festival,” said Papadopoulos. “I am thrilled to welcome back some of our most talented young alumni to inspire this next generation of participants.”