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Preview: 27th Singapore International Piano Festival

The 27th edition of the annual Singapore International Piano Festival is back this June, with four virtuoso pianists performing a broad scope of musical works across just four days. Kseniia Vokhmianina, Churen Li, Nicholas Loh and Chang Yun-Hua will each perform solo recitals in the historic Victoria Concert Hall over the festival’s four nights.

Lim Yan, Artistic Director of the Singapore International Piano Festival, said: The 27th edition of the Singapore International Piano Festival promises to be a jubilant return of the Festival. I’m delighted to welcome four brilliant pianists presenting varied and wide-ranging programmes with music spanning the 18th century to the present day; from familiar favourites to modern masterpieces by Aaron Copland and George Crumb.

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The multi-award-winning Kseniia Vokhmianina opens the 2021 Singapore International Piano Festival with a recital of Bach, Rachmaninoff and three evocative preludes by one of the most important 20th century composers of her native Ukraine, Levko Revutsky.

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Listed in Singapore Tatler’s 2018 Generation-T List, 24-year-old Li Churen is a pianist impressing audiences with her musicality, poetry and charm. Besides hearing her own take on Bach, come witness the uncanny inventiveness of Crumb’s Five Pieces for Piano, a piece close to Li, which are framed by the creative fantasies of Schumann and Ravel.

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A familiar personality in the Singapore music scene, Nicholas Loh affirms his title as a “fervent exponent of new music” in this programme of contemporary piano works. The American composer-pianist Frederic Rzewski’s North American Ballads is a fascinating evocation of American social history cast in the manner of Bach’s chorale preludes, while George Crumb’s Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik takes you on an otherworldly night journey across his signature soundscape.

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From the seaside glitter of the Spanish coast to the folk melodies of Eastern Europe, Taiwanese pianist Chang Yun-Hua presents a colourful journey on the piano that includes Brahms’ sparkling 25 variations on a Handellian theme and Beethoven’s middle period masterpiece that starts with a farewell but ends in happy reunion.

In addition, the festival will also include a preface, with an online conversation with pianist Mei Yi Foo. The conversation will be available to watch for free on 2nd June, on the Singapore International Piano Festival’s Facebook page, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s YouTube channel.

The 27th Singapore International Piano Festival runs from 3rd to 6th June 2021. Tickets and full programme available here

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