International piano summer school heads to Bangkok

music February 27, 2018 09:25

By The Nation

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The Robinson School of Music on Sukhumvit Soi 31 is hosting the inaugural International Festival & Summer School Piano Week from April 15 to 22, in the run up to the fourth Thailand Steinway Competition.



The tailored programme of master classes, one-to-one and duet lessons and concerto classes, as well as general musicianship and composition training is available to participants of any age and ability. 

Headed by British concert pianist Samantha Ward (founder and artistic director) and Polish concert pianist Maciej Raginia (creative director), the festival is full of high calibre performances from the in-house team of concert pianists. In April, the award-winning pianists and pedagogues Maiko Mori (Japan), Yuki Negishi (Japan) and composer Neil Luck (UK) will join he faculty members.

The origins of the festival go back to the summer of 2013 when it was launched in Bangor, North Wales. Since then Piano Week expanded to Germany, Italy and China with further invitations to set up international residencies in Japan and Hong Kong. 

During the past five years, it has welcomed world-renowned artists such as Stephen Kovacevich, Leon McCawley, David Fung, Chenyin Li whilst attracting an growing faculty of concert pianists and pedagogues at the top of their profession from all over the world. 

In 2018, the festival will travel three times to Weston Rhyn (UK), twice to Beijing (China), Bangkok (Thailand), Sankt Goar (Germany) and Foligno (Italy).

Participant fees are from Bt56,000 to Bt80,000. A special discount of 10-percent off Piano Week fees is offered to all readers of The Nation. Apply for a place by March 19 directly online at www.PianoWeek.com.