Access one-to-one bespoke piano lessons for children, plus summer courses around Europe with PIANO WEEK 2020
Since its inception in 2013, international festival and summer school PIANO WEEK has been attracting pianists of all ages and abilities from around the world, who come together to enjoy music in a friendly and supportive environment.
Between April and August 2020, courses for both children and adults are set to take place in the UK, Italy and Japan, offering participants a chance to study with internationally acclaimed concert pianists in stunning locations.
In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic and for all those who are stuck at home, PIANO WEEK’s creators have launched bespoke online packages of one-to-one lessons with the festival’s illustrious line-up of concert pianists and educators, as well as opening the doors to their own London home for online master-classes. Find out more here.
Every year, the festival gives piano players an opportunity to choose between various residencies, from the rural English countryside in Shropshire, a peaceful pre-Roman town in Umbria, the birthplace of Rugby football, to one of the most vibrant megacities in Asia.
While your children hone their skills with some of the top professionals in the music industry, you can take part in tennis or golf lessons, a wine tour or go swimming.
However, if it’s the quest for music that drives you the most, you’ll be surprised by just how packed full of classes your PIANO WEEK itinerary can be. By choosing the standard or intensive course, you’ll receive between 24 and 29 hours of tuition.
The in-house team of pianists will be on hand to guide you through all aspects of piano playing, supported by an array of classes developing your musicianship and technique. In the evening, you’ll be able to attend professional festival concerts given by one of the faculty members, whose classes you will have attended during the day.
You may also get to hear world-renowned musicians such as Stephen Kovacevich, Martino Tirimo, Leslie Howard, Leon McCawley or Chenyin Li, who regularly visit the festival as guest artists.
Here is a short guide to all of PIANO WEEK 2020’s European venues
PIANO WEEK Weston Rhyn (Moreton Hall School)
- 24 to 31 May 2020
- 19 to 26 Jul 2020
- 26 Jul to 2 Aug 2020
Nestled between the fields of the serene Shropshire countryside, this is the most popular PIANO WEEK venue in the UK. With one week in the spring and two weeks in the summer, this residency has much to offer its participants, with vast safe grounds surrounding Moreton Hall School, as well as a swimming pool, golf course and gym for everyone to enjoy in their spare time.
For a fortnight in July and August, PIANO WEEK will be hosting a series of chamber music concerts at the new state-of-the-art Holroyd Community Theatre to mark Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, featuring some of the finest violinists and cellists in the UK alongside the festival’s acclaimed faculty of concert pianists.
PIANO WEEK Foligno (Scuola Comunale di Musica)
- 12 to 19 Jul 2020
A perfect holiday destination, this PIANO WEEK residency is located in the ancient town of Foligno, in the heart of Umbria. Based at Scuola Comunale di Musica, a beautiful building in the old town, the summer school offers participants and their families an abundance of casual and high-end eateries, cafes and gelaterias to choose from.
If you opt for a residential programme, Hotel Italia is only a three-minute walk away from the music school, off Piazza della Repubblica, which houses Foligno’s stunning cathedral. With so many wine tours at your fingertips and day trips to neighbouring villages, this really takes some beating.
PIANO WEEK Rugby (Rugby School)
- 16 to 23 Aug 2020
If you’re serious about playing the piano, you’ll absolutely love this residency at Rugby School. With the opening festival recital given by the world-renowned pianist Stephen Kovacevich (Sunday 16 Aug) and a brilliantly equipped music department housing Steinway grand pianos, two concert halls and multiple practice rooms, this is every pianist’s dream come true.
Just a few minutes’ walk to the centre of town, there are plenty of coffee shops and restaurants, as well as the school’s gym and swimming facilities, which are available for all participants to use. Both residential and non-residential places are available.
PIANO WEEK runs a further five times this year, in collaboration with Steinway & Sons, G. Henle Verlag, Schott Music and Pianist Magazine. If you would like to know more about what’s on offer and for information on how to apply, please visit pianoweek.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07775 207066.
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