The International Piano Series is devised, coordinated and developed by HarrisonParrott, as part of a consortium which includes Askonas Holt, Ingpen & Williams, Intermusica and International Classical Artists and Victoria Rowsell Artist Management, all in association with Southbank Centre.
‘Mercurial’, ‘one in a million’, ‘poetry of feeling’ – just some of acclaim heaped on artists appearing at this season’s International Piano Series, an opportunity to experience the piano world’s brightest new talents alongside some of its best-loved stars. Highlights include Mitsuko Uchida, Stephen Kovacevich, Angela Hewitt and Yundi.
New talent includes the celebrated young Benjamin Grosvenor, aged only 19, with his Southbank Centre recital debut. We also welcome to the series the first appearances by recent winners of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the London International Piano Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition, Brussels. From the baroque intricacies of Bach to the ecstatic modern mysticism of Messiaen; from the gritty power of Prokofiev’s War Sonatas to the aching beauty of Schubert and Brahms, there’s music here to suit all pianistic preferences.
Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre
“The International Piano Series goes from strength to strength, with this debut from Behzod Abduraimov. His recital celebrated his natural, abundant musicianship, which made his performance of Schubert’s radiant A major Piano Sonata such a pleasure…” (Peter Reed, The Classical Source, December 2012)
"Having praised this 22-year-old Uzbek [Behzod Abduraimov] to the skies after his Wigmore debut, all I can say is that his playing has now passed beyond all the conventional superlatives. His ‘Appassionata’ was a miracle of elegantly-controlled power, his Schubert was exquisite, and his Liszt electrifying. His magically singing touch serves a refined sense of architecture, but what drove the Southbank audience wild was his winning amalgam of fire and poetry.” (Michael Church, The Independent, December 2012)
“It’s usually taken as axiomatic that while pianists reach their technical peak at twenty, they need much longer to hone their artistry, and one of the merits of the Southbank’s current International Piano Series is that it’s allowing us to test this view against reality. This week’s thoroughbred was Daniil Trifonov, a 21-year-old Russian who won the latest Tchaikovsky competition, and who must be the only pianist alive whose sound has driven the great Martha Argerich – plus those of us who heard his Wigmore debut, and his Verbier performance this year - to bemused adulation.” (Michael Church, The Independent, December 2012)
“At the Southbank, for the third time already this year following Daniel Barenboim and Krystian Zimerman, another great pianist was causing queues, extra seating on stage and standing ovations. Maurizio Pollini's Chopin recital was always going to be an "event", and so it proved.” (The Observer, March 2010)
“On the evening of Chopin’s second possible birth-day, HarrisonParrott and Southbank Centre pulled off another coup (the first was to engage Krystian Zimerman the week before for this composer’s ‘other’ potential day of arrival) by asking Maurizio Pollini to distil his particular brand of Chopin interpretation.” (Classical Source, March 2010)
“The sonata's scherzo was ripplingly fluent, the funeral march full of magical colours and gradations, its transition to the enigmatic finale perfectly stage-managed. An astounding account of the great B flat Scherzo Op 31 then followed.” (The Guardian, February 2010)
Behzod Abduraimov debuts at International Piano Series
Angela Hewitt opens International Piano Series
Alexei Volodin makes his debut at the International Piano Series
Barbara Hannigan and IPS partner with Southbank Centre for The Rest is Noise Festival
Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs recital at International Piano Series
Critical Acclaim for Lugansky in International Piano Series