22 November - 30 November 2014
Beethoven fans will be completely in their element in this year’s Piano Festival! The Norwegian master pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will join with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra to perform all five of the genius’s piano concertos. The Beethoven Journey, his name for this project, is taking him around the world into 2015. In a wonderful complement, the British pianist Paul Lewis, who inspired Lucerne audiences in 2012 with his Schubert performances, has programmed Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas. And Martin Helmchen, who launched his meteoric international career here in the summer of 2006 with a Debut recital and as winner of the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, will likewise explore the sound world of this titanic composer as he performs the Diabelli Variations.
No matter what’s on the program, LUCERNE FESTIVAL at the Piano guarantees the highest standards. For example, when Pierre-Laurent Aimard traverses all of Book One of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, when the phenomenal Evgeny Kissin celebrates his artistry, when Maurizio Pollini draws on the wisdom of a career spanning over 50 years, or when the Canadian Marc-Andre Hamelin astounds with his incomparable virtuosity. All of them will take part in our summit meeting of keyboard masters in the fall of 2014, where they will be joined by three young colleagues to whom the future belongs: the Latvian Vestard Shimkus, the German-Italian Sophie Pacini, and the British Benjamin Grosvenor. And since we know that the piano is an instrument of unlimited possibilities, we also present Piano Off-Stage, the Jazz Festival within the Festival, when the finest bars in Lucerne become a Mecca for the art of improvisation.