Piano Festival

16.11. - 24.11.2019

Overview of the Piano Festival

Nine days of keyboard wizardry: the legendary masters and the emerging stars, the poets of the piano and the celebrated viruosos
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Beethoven's Piano Concertos with Rudolf Buchbinder

A head start on the Beethoven Year: to open the Piano Festival, Rudolf Buchbinder and the Festival Strings Lucerne will perform all five piano concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven, whose 250th birthday the music world celebrates in 2020. 
Purchase tickets to enjoy Rudolf Buchbinder’s two Beethoven concerts on 16 and 17 November and receive a 20% discount on the second ticket. Ticket sales beginn on 5 August 2019, 12.00 noon.

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Rudolf Buchbinder © Marco Borggreve
Igor Levit © Felix Broede

Beethoven's Piano Sonatas with Igor Levit

Igor Levit continues his major Beethoven cycle: Levit is performing all 32 of the master’s piano sonatas in Lucerne in 2019 and 2020. After starting off the cycle in summer, he will return to the Piano Festival to play such works as the Appassionata. With Levit, the spirit of Beethoven is in very good hands!

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The Debut Series

Of course we are interested in how the art of piano playing is being passed on to the next generation of piano virtuosos. So we are presenting three debuting artists who, we believe, will influence the piano scene in future.

As part of the Debut series, Claire HuangciDanae Dörken, and Alexander Ullman will show us who today’s emerging stars are.

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Claire Huangci © Priska Ketterer
Peter Hill © MC Photography

Master Classes

LUCERNE FESTIVAL is a place where different generations can exchange ideas. Renowned artists encounter young talents in master classes that allow them to pass on their knowledge and experience. The British pianist Peter Hill, a specialist in the work of such composers as Olivier Messiaen, will be a guest artist at the Piano Festival and will give live lessons that are open to all interested auditors.

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Piano Off-Stage

Fine piano jazz in Lucerne's loveliest bars: eight masters of improvisation keep the city swinging – from early evening until late into the night.
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Opening Piano Off-Stage © Natalie Boo/AURA

Special Offers & Discounts

  • Look | Listen | Enjoy – Together at the Concert

    When purchasing a ticket for selected events, adults will receive two free tickets of the same
    value to bring their young companions (children, grandchildren, godchildren, etc.) to the concert for free.

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