Piotr Anderszewsk is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. In recent seasons he has given recitals at London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg. He has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago and London Symphony orchestras, Philadelphia Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He gives many performances directing from the keyboard, with orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Sinfonia Varsovia and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In the 2017-18 season he performs with the Philharmonia, Munich and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and San Francisco Symphony. In recital he appears at Chicago’s Symphony Centre, the Concertgebouw and the Barbican. Anderszewski has received several high-profile awards including the prestigious Gilmore award, given every four years to a pianist of exceptional talent. Anderszewski has been an exclusive artist with Warner Classics/Erato since 2000.
For 60 years Alfred Brendel has enjoyed a distinguished international career. He was the first pianist to record Beethoven’s complete piano works, and has performed regularly at the world’s music festivals, and with leading orchestras and conductors. He has received honorary degrees from many universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Yale, and was awarded an honorary KBE in 1989. In 1992 Brendel received the Hans von Bülow Medal from the Berlin Philharmonic and was granted Honorary Membership of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in December 1998. He has received countless awards including the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award at the MIDEM Cannes Classical Awards, the Leonie Sonning Prize, the Robert Schumann Prize, the 2002 South Bank Show Classical Music Award, the 2008 Karajan Prize and the 2010 Gramophone ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award. Brendel is Patron of the Oxford Piano Festival.
With an overwhelming talent and innate musicality, Seong-Jin Cho is rapidly embarking on a world-class career and considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation. Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin started learning the piano at age six, and was brought to the world’s attention in 2015 when he won the Gold Medal at the Chopin International Competition. Within one month, a recording of Cho’s live competition highlights was released by Deutsche Grammophon and achieved multi-platinum sales. In November 2017 Seong-Jin made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, stepping in for Lang Lang in Berlin and on tour in Germany and Asia. Other highlights have included appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, Mariinsky, Munich Philharmonic, Budapest Festival, and Czech Philharmonic Orchestras. An active recitalist, Seong-Jin performs in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw and Suntory Hall.
Julius Drake lives in London and enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest instrumentalists in his field, collaborating with many of the world’s leading artists, both in recital and on disc. He appears regularly at all the major music centres including the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade and Salzburg festivals, as well as at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center New York, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the BBC Proms. He has received prizes at the 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2011 Gramophone Awards, and the Jahrpreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2017 for his disc of Schubert Lieder with Christoph Prégardien. Julius Drake holds a Professorship at Graz University for Music and the Performing Arts in Austria, where he has a class for song pianists. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses worldwide; recently in Aldeburgh, Brussels, Utrecht, Cincinnati, Toronto, Minneapolis, Ann Arbor, Vienna and at the Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien.
Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power and depth and is recognised worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. In recital, Goode performs every season at Wigmore Hall, and regularly in major musical centres across Europe. He has been a regular performer over the years at the Edinburgh International Festival, Pianos aux Jacobins and in 2017 made his debut at Verbier Festival. In the 2017-18 season Goode will perform in recital as part of the Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, in Philadelphia, Berkeley, La Jolla and Madison, among others, and concerto highlights will include his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic and returns to the London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cleveland orchestras, as well as concerts with the BBC Philharmonic and the Netherlands Philharmonic, and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse with conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, Manze and Dohnányi.
Niel Immelman studied with Cyril Smith, Ilona Kabos and Maria Curcio. He was still a student at the Royal College of Music when Bernard Haitink invited him to play Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This highly successful debut was followed by concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Concertgebouw, working with Sir Adrian Boult, Louis Frémaux, Sir Charles Groves, Rudolf Schwarz and Walter Susskind. It marked the beginning of a concert career that has taken him to every continent. A Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, Niel has given masterclasses at many of today’s leading conservatoires, including Berlin, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Moscow, Oslo, Singapore, Stockholm, Toronto, Vienna and Warsaw. He regularly serves on juries of international competitions.
Yoheved Kaplinsky has appeared throughout the world as a recitalist, in chamber music concerts and with orchestras. She began her musical career as a prize-winner in the J.S. Bach International Competition in Washington, D.C. A native of Israel, she first studied with Ilona Vincze in Tel Aviv, and continued her studies in the US at the Juilliard School, obtaining a Doctor of Musical Art degree with Irwin Freundlich and Dorothy Taubman. Noted for her insight and understanding of piano technique, Dr Kaplinsky has been in great demand for lectures and masterclasses, and as an adjudicator in international competitions. She holds the Susan W. Rose Chair of Juilliard’s Piano Department and is also Director of its Pre-College Division. She teaches regularly at the Aspen Music Festival, and has participated in various other festivals, including the Tel-Hai International Masterclasses in Israel, the Piano Texas Institute and Pianofest in Long Island, New York.
Marios Papadopoulos is the Festival’s Artistic Director. Since his London debut in 1974, his career as a pianist and conductor has been worldwide. His prolific output as a recording artist includes Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, works by Mussorgsky – including Pictures at an Exhibition – piano works by César Franck, and the 24 Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich. In 1998, he founded the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he is Music Director. He holds a doctorate in Music from City University and is a Fellow by Special Election of Keble College, Oxford. He became an Honorary Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2010 and was awarded the City of Oxford’s Certificate of Honour in 2013. Papadopoulos was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2014 New Year’s Honours List for services to music in Oxford.
Menahem Pressler, founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio, has established himself among the world’s most distinguished musicians with a career that spans over seven decades. Now, at ninety-four, he continues to captivate audiences performing solo and chamber music recitals to great critical acclaim while maintaining a robust teaching career. Pressler has been hailed as a ‘Master Pedagogue’ and has had prize-winning students in all of the major international piano competitions. He has received multiple awards, including both Germany and France’s highest cultural honours, the Gold Medal of Merit from the National Society of Arts and Letters and the Yehudi Menuhin Prize for the Integration of Arts and Education. In 2016 he was made Life President of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra in acknowledgment of outstanding contribution to the Oxford Piano Festival. He also holds four honorary doctorates. Recent orchestral engagements include performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, among others.
Regarded as one of today’s leading pianistic personalities, Anne Queffélec is a radiant presence on the musical scene. ‘Artist of the Year’ at the Victoires de la Musique in France in 1990, she appears regularly in major concert halls in Europe, Asia, and North America, as a guest of orchestras such as the London Symphony and London Philharmonic orchestras, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Queffélec is a regular guest at festivals including Montpellier, Besançon, La Folle Journée de Nantes and La Roque d’Anthéron, where she gave a complete cycle of the Mozart sonatas in six concerts broadcast live on France Musique. She also took part of the soundtrack of Amadeus under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner. Queffélec has made over 40 recordings of Scarlatti, Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, Chopin, Debussy, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Satie, and the complete works of Ravel and Dutilleux.
Sir András Schiff was born in Budapest and studied with Elisabeth Vadász, Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág, Ferenc Rados, and George Malcolm. Having worked with most of the major international orchestras and conductors, Schiff now performs mainly as a conductor and soloist, notably with his own Capella Andrea Barca and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He has recorded numerous CDs, and received the International Classical Music Award 2012 for ‘Geistervariationen’ (ECM). A life-long love of chamber music led to the Artistic Directorship of the ‘Musiktage Mondsee’ and the founding, with Heinz Holliger, of the ‘Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte’. He has been awarded many international prizes and honours, most recently the ‘Ordre Pour le Mérite’. Schiff is the President of the Oxford Piano Festival and a Special Supernumerary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.
Dame Fanny Waterman was born in Leeds. She studied with Tobias Matthay, and later as a scholar at the Royal College of Music with Cyril Smith. She is Life President and Founder Director of the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, of which she remained as Chairman and Artistic Director until her retirement at the age of ninety-five in September 2015. For the last thirty years she has been highly sought after as a jury member of international competitions and to give masterclasses worldwide. She has served as Vice President of the World Federation of International Music Competitions and is Vice President of EPTA. In 2010, Dame Fanny was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society, the Honoured Guest at the Women of the Year Lunch in London and has been the castaway on Desert Island Discs.