In Hertz, TivoliVredenburg

In the festival phase all pianists present their refined piano playing in different themed concerts. Each festival day has a fixed structure:

  • All-Liszt piano recital: Each day starts with an All-Liszt piano recital with original works of Liszt. Expect grand masterpieces full of pianistic fireworks.
  • Chamber music recital: Followed by a chamber music recital in which the pianists collaborate with Lea Hausmann (violin), Samuel Shepherd (cello), Judith Wijzenbeek (viola), and Roberto di Ronza (bass). They will be performing different movements of Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A Major ‘’Trout’’ and some of Liszt’s rarely performed works for cello and piano.
  • Song recital: After that there will be a recital, where the pianists will work with soprano Bernadeta Astari to present songs by both Liszt and Schubert as well as a new commissioned song composed by Mathilde Wantenaar.
  • All-Schubert recital: Each day finishes with a solo recital where the highly demanding Liszt transcriptions of the big Schubert song cycles will be performed.

The ten pianists will play on a Yamaha grand piano for the All-Liszt recital, a straight strung Maene for the chamber music recital, a Steinway for the song recital, and a Fazioli for the All-Schubert recital.

Every festival day, at 16.00 hrs, an extra piano recital takes place, performed by an upcoming Dutch pianist. This ‘NLiszt’ performance is excluded from the competition. However, our jury will award one of these Dutch pianists with the ‘Henk de By’ award and an opportunity to perform with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra during the finals of Liszt Utrecht. Click HERE for more information about NLiszt.