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PIANO Week is an international piano festival and summer school running simultaneously in Bangor and welcomes pianists of all ages and abilities.

One of the world's most distinguished pianists, Stephen Kovacevich will be playing at the festival on Wednesday, August 5 at 6pm in Powis Hall, Bangor University.

Kovacevich will be performing Rachmaninoff 's Symphonic Dances Op 45 for Two Pianos with Piano Week's Artistic Director and concert pianist, Samantha Ward, followed by Schubert's Piano Sonata D960 in B flat major.

Now in its third year, Piano Week is bringing world class piano recitals to North Wales.

The idea behind the festival is to create an international concert platform for pianists on which to perform, alongside a summer school for aspiring pianists of all ages and abilities.

Samantha Ward said: "We have had pianists from age 6 years to 87 years and from pre-Grade 1 to Diploma standard and several participants will be returning for the third time to Piano Week in 2015.

"The faculty are all concert pianists at the very top of their professions, hailing from all around the world, all of whom give recitals and master classes throughout the week."

Apart from Stephen Kovacevich's recital the festival have also arranged other concerts during Piano Week given by the faculty: They include recitals by Warren Mailley-Smith and Yuki Negishi on July 31 at 6.30pm; Sachika Taniyama at midday on August 1 and Alexander Karpeyev at 6pm the same day. The following day Vesselina Tchakarova gives a recital at midday followed at 6pm by Maciej Raginia.

The final concert in this series is given by Niel du Preez at 5.45pm on Monday, August 3 | Tickets for the Stephen Kovacevich |concert cost PS20 (PS10 concessions) and are available at


Pianist Stephen Kovacevich will give |a recital at Bangor in August 2015

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jul 24, 2015
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