Piano festival goes online

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Rufus Wainwright

Hastings International Piano’s Digital Piano Festival launches this Friday November 13 and has been curated to inspire the next generation of artists and industry professionals,  featuring a Question and Answer session with legendary Grammy nominated composer and singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright (shown above) and a keynote speech by broadcaster and founder of Chineke! Orchestra Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE.

It also features a masterclass with the Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music Professor Vanessa Latarche, recitals by trailblazing pianist and BBC Young Musician of the Year Martin James Bartlett, and Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition Prizewinner Maxim Kinasov, along with an industry panel featuring the Managing Director of Steinway and sons, Craig Terry, Creative Director of Wise Music Publishing Gill Graham and other industry leaders. Find out more and book tickets at the website 

Programme of events

At 2pm, the Vanessa Latarche Masterclass featuring the Rachmaninoff Etude tableau Op.33 No. 8 in G minor (student Amiri Harewood) and Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes No. 4: ‘Mazeppa’ (student Jacky Zhang)

At 3pm, the Maxim Kinasov recital features Franck / Bauer – Prelude, Fugue and Variation, Op.18 ; Rachmaninoff’s Etude-tableau No. 2 in C Major, Op.33, Etude-tableau No. 3 in C minor, Op.33 and Etude-tableau No. 9 in C-sharp minor, Op.33 ; and Slonimsky – Intermezzo in memory of Brahms.

At 4pm, the Industry Panel discussion led by Gill Graham (Wise Music) followed at 5pm with the Martin James Bartlett recital with Bach/Busoni – Ich Ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ ; Bach/Hess – Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring ; Rachmaninoff – Prelude in G Major, Op.32, no. 5 ; Rachmaninoff/Wild – Where Beauty Dwells ; Rachmaninoff/Wild – Vocalise ; and Gershwin’s The Man I Love, Embraceable You and I Got Rhythm.

At 6pm Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE gives the keynote speech, followed at 7pm by Rufus Wainwright Q&A and performance

Image Credits: Hastings Piano Festival .

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