Oxford Piano Festival 2022
July 30 - August 7
Alim Beisembayev – Yulia Chaplina – Samantha Ege – Ingrid Fliter – Ian Fountain – Stephen Kovacevich – Emanuel Krasovsky – Alain Lefèvre – Elisabeth Leonskaja – Nikolai Lugansky – Víkingur Ólafsson – Marios Papadopoulos – Ferenc Rados – Martin Roscoe
The Oxford Piano Festival takes place in the last week of July, on the tranquil and scenic campus of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, located just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre.
Each year, the Festival welcomes pianists and pedagogues, experts and enthusiasts to some of Oxford’s most historic venues, such as Sir Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre, the Holywell Music Room, and Christ Church Cathedral. Now in its 24th year, this is a great chance to get stuck into a packed schedule of both masterclasses and concerts, with a truly dazzling line-up.
About the Festival
The Oxford Piano Festival’s objective is simple: to inspire, support and encourage music-making of the highest quality. Welcoming world-renowned soloists and teachers each year, the Festival provides gifted young players with a rare opportunity to work alongside and be inspired from some of the world’s finest pianists and teachers, as part of a dedicated community of artists which encourages exchange over competition.
At the heart of the Festival lies the recognition of the pianist as a multifaceted musician. The various roles of the pianist – as virtuoso, chamber musician, accompanist, conductor, academic and teacher – are all examined. As part of this holistic approach, the various international schools of piano playing are considered.
With Alfred Brendel as the Festival’s Patron, Sir András Schiff as President, and the Festival’s founder Marios Papadopoulos a renowned pianist himself, the bar is set very high in terms of quality and artistic integrity.
Previous participants at the Festival have gone on to achieve great success. Notable alumni include Alim Beisembayev (winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2021), Martin James Bartlett, Mark Viner, Alexander Ullman and Mishka Rushdie-Momen.
All participants receive four public masterclasses and perform at the Participants’ Recital on 5 August. Participants are provided with a Festival Pass which includes entry to all events.
How to apply
Observers (non-playing attendees):
- Open to all. The Observer Festival Pass entitles you access to all events. Tickets will be given to you on arrival at the Festival.
- Full board accommodation available at St Hilda’s College.
Participants (playing students):
- We welcome applications from advanced piano students of all nationalities born on or after 30 July 1994.
- We want our Festival to be accessible to all, and have scholarships available to participants in need of financial assistance. Please state on the application form whether you would like to be considered for a scholarship.
The deadline for participant applications is 25 April, for observer applications, 1 July. Visit our website for more information and for the application form.