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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Piano Festival 2024

Browse the packed schedule of concerts and masterclasses of the Oxford Piano Festival 2024, taking place from Saturday 27 July to Sunday 4 August.

View the full masterclass schedule here. All masterclasses take place at JdP Music Building, St Hilda’s College.

Welcome from Marios Papadopoulos
Artistic Director

In concert halls, public spaces and even on reality TV, the piano appears to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity. No other instrument has become such a powerful symbol of music-making, domestic and professional. No other instrument has woven its way consistently through various threads of history and culture, from Oxford to Osaka.

This year’s Oxford Piano Festival promises a more diverse and revealing look at the piano than any previous edition of the event. In repertoire ranging from Scarlatti to Gershwin, and Schumann to Rogers and Hammerstein, our recitalists and soloists will prove just why the piano remains at the heart of our musical lives.

For 2024’s festival, we welcome a new generation of pianists who are making their names across the world: Icelandic musician Víkingur Ólafsson, American-Armenian pianist Sergei Babayan, and Australian virtuoso Jayson Gillham are all carving out unique places for themselves among the pantheon of poet-pianists. We welcome back great names including Barry Douglas, while it seems fitting that our final concert forms something of a double farewell, as we hear stalwart British pianist Kathryn Stott in concert for the final time.

Join all of us this summer for fresh but inspiring look at this wonderful instrument — and to hear some true gems it has birthed.

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Upcoming Events

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Jayson Gillham

27 Jul 2024 – 19:30

Jayson Gillham launches 2024’s Oxford Piano Festival with a programme of works by the Romantic pianist–composer par-excellence, Frédéric Chopin.

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Colin Stone Masterclass

28 Jul 2024 – 09:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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William Fong Masterclass

28 Jul 2024 – 14:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

28 Jul 2024 – 19:30

Hailed as a successor to Kissin and Sokolov, Dmitry Ishkhanov brings with him the Russian repertoire with which he is rapidly making his name around the world.

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Ian Fountain Masterclass

29 Jul 2024 – 14:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Barry Douglas Masterclass

30 Jul 2024 – 09:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Sergei Babayan

30 Jul 2024 – 19:30

Traversing his own transcriptions and those of Rachmaninov, Keith Jarrett and more, Sergei Babayan presents a delectable menu of songs without words.

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Ian Jones Masterclass

31 Jul 2024 – 14:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Participants’ Recital

31 Jul 2024 – 19:30

The Festival’s participants take to the stage with fresh guidance from the world’s most esteemed pianists echoing in their ears.

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Marilyn Engle Masterclass

01 – 01 Aug 2024

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Vikingur Ólafsson

01 Aug 2024 – 19:30

Beloved Icelandic pianist and born communicator Víkingur Ólafsson joins the Orchestra for the piano concerto by Robert Schumann.

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Noriko Ogawa Masterclass

02 Aug 2024 – 09:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Kevin Chen

02 Aug 2024 – 19:30

Kevin Chen launches his recital at the University Church with a selection of Scarlatti’s intriguing works, in the fine company of repertoire staples by Chopin and Schumann.

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Kathryn Stott

03 Aug 2024 – 19:30

A true great of the British piano scene makes one last appearance at the Oxford Piano Festival before her well-deserved retirement from the concert stage.

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Kathryn Stott Masterclass

04 Aug 2024 – 09:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Krzysztof Jablonski Masterclass

Jul 27 2024 – 14:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Jayson Gillham

Jul 27 2024 – 19:30

Jayson Gillham launches 2024’s Oxford Piano Festival with a programme of works by the Romantic pianist–composer par-excellence, Frédéric Chopin.

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Colin Stone Masterclass

Jul 28 2024 – 09:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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William Fong Masterclass

Jul 28 2024 – 14:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Jul 28 2024 – 19:30

Hailed as a successor to Kissin and Sokolov, Dmitry Ishkhanov brings with him the Russian repertoire with which he is rapidly making his name around the world.

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Marios Papadopoulos Masterclass

Jul 29 2024 – 09:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Ian Fountain Masterclass

Jul 29 2024 – 14:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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A concert presenting two of the greatest piano quintets in the repertoire: Shostakovich in unusually carefree and charming mode, and Brahms’s great chamber music epic.

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Barry Douglas Masterclass

Jul 30 2024 – 09:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Sergei Babayan

Jul 30 2024 – 19:30

Traversing his own transcriptions and those of Rachmaninov, Keith Jarrett and more, Sergei Babayan presents a delectable menu of songs without words.

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Rustem Hayroudinoff Masterclass

Jul 31 2024 – 09:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Ian Jones Masterclass

Jul 31 2024 – 14:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Participants’ Recital

Jul 31 2024 – 19:30

The Festival’s participants take to the stage with fresh guidance from the world’s most esteemed pianists echoing in their ears.

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Marilyn Engle Masterclass

Aug 01 2024 – 09:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Vikingur Ólafsson

Aug 01 2024 – 19:30

Beloved Icelandic pianist and born communicator Víkingur Ólafsson joins the Orchestra for the piano concerto by Robert Schumann.

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Noriko Ogawa Masterclass

Aug 02 2024 – 09:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Stephen Kovacevich Masterclass

Aug 02 2024 – 14:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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Kevin Chen

Aug 02 2024 – 19:30

Kevin Chen launches his recital at the University Church with a selection of Scarlatti’s intriguing works, in the fine company of repertoire staples by Chopin and Schumann.

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Kathryn Stott

Aug 03 2024 – 19:30

A true great of the British piano scene makes one last appearance at the Oxford Piano Festival before her well-deserved retirement from the concert stage.

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Kathryn Stott Masterclass

Aug 04 2024 – 09:30

The remarkably talented participants of the Oxford Piano Festival receive masterclasses from some of the world’s leading authorities on piano.

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