BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL

Piano Duo Festival Programme

27th - 30th October 2016

Duo Tal & Groethuysen

27th October, 7:30pm
at St George's Bristol

Mendelssohn - Octet in E flat Op 20
Beethoven - Grosse Fuge Op 133
Reger - Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven

Duo Tal & Groethuysen make a welcome return to St George’s following their standout recital in the 2009 Festival. The virtuosity of the Israeli pianist Yaara Tal and her German partner Andreas Groethuysen is spellbinding and one of the highlights of this concert promises to be the dazzling piano duet arrangement of Mendelssohn’s youthful masterpiece. Tal & Groethuysen mark the Reger centenary celebrations with one of his most impressive works for two pianos alongside Beethoven’s four-hand version of his Great Fugue for string quartet.

The duo are much in demand throughout the world and have performed at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Berlin, La Scala Milan, Musikverein Vienna and at major Festivals including La Roque d’Anthéron, Salzburg and Hong Kong.

Their exclusive contract with Sony Classical has for many years contributed to their international success, winning them a Cannes Classical Award for their recording of the complete Schubert piano duets.

'I cannot wait to hear this duo again’ MAX LOPPERT, FINANCIAL TIMES

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DATE: 27 October 2016, 7:30pm
VENUE: St George's Bristol [venue website] [map]
PERFORMERS: Tal & Groethuysen
TICKETS: £ 13-20 plus fees

Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa

28th October 2016, Lunchtime Concert, 1:15pm
at University of Bristol, Victoria Rooms

Schumann - Pictures from the East Op. 66
Poulenc - Sonata for piano duet
Schubert - Variations on an Original Theme in A Flat D813

'Precision-tooled piano duettists' THE TIMES

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DATE: 28 October 2016, 1:15pm
VENUE: University of Bristol, Victoria Rooms [venue website] [map]
PERFORMERS: Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa
TICKETS: admission free

Katia and Marielle Labèque

28th October 2016, 7:30pm
at St George's Bristol

Ravel - Ma Mère L’Oye; Rapsodie Espagnol
Schubert - Fantasie in F minor
Bernstein - Songs from West Side Story

A ravishing programme from the world’s most acclaimed piano duo, sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque. We are thrilled to be welcoming them back to St George’s for what promises to be a highlight of the 2016 Bristol International Piano Duo Festival.

'The most celebrated of piano duos’ CLASSIC FM

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DATE: 28 October 2016, 7:30pm
VENUE: St George's Bristol [venue website] [map]
PERFORMERS: Katia and Marielle Labèque
TICKETS: £5 - £30 plus fees

Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa,
featuring student duos from Bristol University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

29th October 2016, 7:30pm
at University of Bristol, Victoria Rooms

Dancing Duos
A dance-themed evening of piano duets devised by Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa, featuring pianists Helen Reid and Daniel Tong as well as students from Bristol University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Programme to include Brahms Hungarian Dances, Dvorak Slavonic Dances, excerpts from Debussy Petite Suite, John McCabe 2 Scenes from Edward II and Ravel La Valse.

DATE: 29 October 2016, 7:30pm
VENUE: University of Bristol, Victoria Rooms [venue website[map]
PERFORMERS: Joseph Tong & Waka Hasegawa, Joseph Tong and Daniel Tong, Helen Reid and Daniel Tong, Yundu Wang and Marina Koka, Rachelle Bernardino and Ping Bai, and other student duos from the University of Bristol
TICKETS: admission free

MiniBeats 'Petrifying Pianos' with Christopher Northam & Steven Kings (pianists), Laura Tanner (presenter)

30th October 2016, Children’s Concert, 10:15am, 12pm & 2pm at St George's Bristol

Join the MiniBeats team for some Halloween fun, featuring Monstrous Mussorgsky, Spine-Chilling Saint Saëns and Ghastly Grieg! Dressing up is definitely allowed and we will have prizes for the best costumes. Prepare to be spellbound!

10.15am - For children aged 3 — 5
12pm - For children aged 5 — 8
2pm - 'Relaxed Performance’ especially suitable for children with special needs, and their families.

Monstrous Makes - Spooky mask-making throughout the day in the crypt, from 9.30am

DATE: 30 October 2016, 10.15am, 12pm & 2pm (Relaxed Performance)
VENUE: St George's Bristol [venue website] [map]
PERFORMERS: Christopher Northam & Steven Kings (pianists), Laura Tanner (presenter)
TICKETS: £6 plus fees, Family Ticket available