Founded last year by Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva, the second festival again includes these brilliant players: they give the opening concert (Thurs 5 Oct), when the programme includes Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Liszt. The next evening (6 Oct), the great Nelson Goerner gives a solo recital dominated by Chopin.
On the Saturday of the festival, there are events all day, including performances by Lisa Smirnova, Melvyn Tan and Ilya Itin. The evening concludes with an extravaganza for two pianos, in which Smirnova, Tan, Itin and Danny Driver join Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva for a spectacular programme that includes a specially commissioned work, RedMare, by London-based Russian-born composer Elena Langer.
After a family concert (Sun 8 Oct, 11AM), the festival ends with a live performance of his new album Held by jazz artist Jason Rebello.
And if that doesn't inspire you to practise those scales a little harder, you can always just wait for next year's festival...
|What||London Piano Festival 2017, Kings Place|
|Where||Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||King's Cross St. Pancras (underground)|
05 Oct 17 – 08 Oct 17, eight events, times vary
|Price||£7.50 - £44.50|
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|