Klavier-Festival Ruhr 2021
A preview of the second series of the Klavier-Festival Ruhr concerts, beginning on 3 September 2021
To launch the second series of 2021 Ruhr Piano Festival concerts, Lucas and Arthur Jussen will propose a programme on 3 September at the Stadthalle in Mülheim with music by Rachmaninov as well as Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. In the same town, in October, Marc-André Hamelin will perform Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata, and Alexander Ullmann will feature Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata along with Liszt’s B Minor Sonata. Anne-Sophie Mutter plays on 4 September 2021 at the Philharmonie in Essen, in a trio evening with her longstanding piano partner Lambert Orkis and her scholarship holder, prizewinning cellist Pablo Ferrández, in works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Clara Schumann. On 5 September, the Festival has given carte blanche to Sir András Schiff, who will surprise us with unexpected choices of repertoire.
Alfred Brendel celebrated his 90th birthday in January 2021, and the Ruhr Piano Festival now proposes to pay a special tribute to this outstanding pianist in a series of five concerts starting on 20 September. In Düsseldorf’s Robert-Schumann-Saal we shall thus have the pleasure of hearing Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Kit Armstrong, Anne Queffelec, Imogen Cooper, and Francesco Piemontesi, all of whom wish to thank Alfred Brendel for his guidance and encouragement over the years in a series of programmes specially conceived for the occasion.
Three concerts of this second series shall take place at the Gebläsehalle in Duisburg – with Mona Asuka, Jeremy Denk, and a début for 14-year-old Alexandra Dovgan. Further Festival débuts shall be given on 30 September at Gartrop Castle in Hünxe by British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, as well as on October 1st by American pianist Pallavi Mahidhara at Haus Fuhr in Essen: none other than András Schiff is enthusiastically promoting Mahidhara’s outstanding artistry through his “Building Bridges” program. Roman Borisov, 1st Prize at the Moscow International Grand Piano Competition in 2018, comes to Haus Opherdickein Holzwickede on 10 September, and Jonathan Fournel, 1st Prize at this year’s Reine Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, is invited to give his début Festival performance on 23 September at Rheda Castle in Wiedenbrück. When Evgeny Kissin was chosen for the 2020 Ruhr Piano Festival Prize, he, in turn, selected Eva Gevorgyan as Ruhr Piano Festival Scholarship holder, and she will play a Chopin programme in Bochum-Wattenscheid on 8 September 2021. Among this year’s 13 Festival début performances, we look forward to Mariam Batsashvili’s recital on 25 September 2021 at the Rheinkamp Cultural Center in Moers. Olga Pashchenko, who specializes in historical keyboards, shall perform on 10 October 2021 at the Gustav Lübcke Museum in Hamm, finally giving a live rendition of last year’s radio broadcast programme, now in front of an audience. Kristian Bezuidenhout was originally foreseen to close our complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas in 2020 with two recitals; now, instead, we shall have the pleasure of attending his début Festival performance on 5 and 6 October in Bottrop and in Haus Fuhr (Essen) in a fortepiano programme of Mozart and Haydn sonatas. This year’s eldest Festival début performer is 75-year-old Jos van Immerseel, a true pioneer of historical performance practice who has helped pave the way for historical keyboards into the concert hall, and who shall feature a pure Beethoven programme 14 September at Herten Castle. Within the framework of our ongoing collaboration with WDR broadcasting in its “Early Music in North-Rhine-Westphalia” series, Aapo Häkkinen plays a harpsichord recital on 15 September 2021 at Hohenlimburg Castle, presenting unknown works by Johann Wilhelm Hässler, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, and Johann Gottfried Wilhelm Palschau, paired with selections from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.
The 2020 pandemic did not allow us to celebrate the anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthday to the extent we would have wished; now, pianists Michael Korstick (in Schwelm), Heidrun Holtmann (in Ennepetal), and Fabian Müller (at the Arcadion in Hagen) are helping us make up for lost time by performing their Beethoven programmes originally foreseen for last year.
Selected by Michel Camilo as scholarship holder for 2020, pianist A Bu shall now play in Hagen within the framework of our JazzLine series. The Antonio Faraò Trio will likewise be our guests at the Ebertbad in Oberhausen, and the spectacular Ramón Valle Trio will perform at the Festspielhaus in Recklinghausen. We celebrate the return of Krystian Zimerman on 27 September 2021 in Wuppertal. The closing concert of the Klavier-Festival Ruhr 2021 shall take place on 16 November at the Mercatorhalle in Duisburg, featuring Fabian Müller and Lorenzo Soulès in collaboration with pupils of elementary and secondary schools fromDuisburg-Marxloh. On the 3rd Advent weekend in 2021 we plan to hold this year’s Christmas Concert in Gartrop Castle with Herbert Schuch and Gülru Ensari.