Some of the greatest names in the piano world today rub shoulders with the brightest rising stars in the 2013 – 14 International Piano Series.
There is something for every lover of piano music to relish, from Beethoven’s mystical late sonatas to the brilliance of Liszt and some classic works of the 20th-century avant-garde. Paul Lewis performs Mussorgsky’s virtuosic masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition; the young German star Martin Helmchen plays favourite pieces by Bach, Schumann and Schubert; and Gabriela Montero offers her astounding skills in improvisation.
Alongside performances by great masters of the keyboard, including Maurizio Pollini and Nelson Freire, this season features many exciting new artists. Federico Colli, winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2012, makes his Southbank Centre debut, along with Ingolf Wunder, runner-up at the 2010 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, and Khatia Buniatishvili, whose fiery pianism has already won her a cult following.
Gillian Moore MBE
Head of Classical Music, Southbank Centre