Watch the 2022 World Piano Day Virtual Festival

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Deutsche Grammophon will present its third international virtual festival to celebrate world piano day on March 29, 2022. This year, rather than a one-day festival, the full program opening March 24 and ending March 29 includes six piano concerts by Deutsche Grammophon’s world-class pianists on DG Stage , a film of rediscovered performances by legendary artists and a specially curated collection of piano albums for sale in the DG Store.

“Music crosses all borders to reach people from so many places and walks of life,” said Dr. Clemens Trautmann, President of Deutsche Grammophon. “We are delighted to be an integral part of World Piano Day for the third consecutive year. Our first online festival in March 2020 and its successor last year both reached a global audience of over 1 million piano lovers. Featuring brand new productions, exclusive premieres and a fantastic selection of archival recordings, this year’s festival celebrates the boundless beauty of grand pianism. I would like to thank all the pianists and partners involved in this wonderfully unifying project.

Deutsche Grammophon World Piano Day Virtual Festival

Deutsche Grammophon’s virtual World Piano Day festival opens on March 24 with Maurizio Pollini performing Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas, Opp.109-111 filmed at Munich’s Herkulessaal. Pollini said, “Having performed these works many, many times over the past 40 years, I have continuously discovered new riches in every detail.”

On March 25, watch Grigory Sokolov perform Haydn and Schubert from the Haydnsaal at Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt (where Haydn worked for almost 30 years). The concert is a masterclass in technical skill, musical beauty and piano virtuosity.

On March 26, watch Daniil Trifonov perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach from the Berlin Philharmonic. The concert includes Bach’s Chaconne in D minorarranged by Brahms for keyboard, and the monumental Runaway Art which covers the wide range of human emotions evoked by Daniil Trifonov with every note.

Daniel Barenboim will perform his personal selection of favorites Studies and other works by Chopin, filmed at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, on March 27. The legendary pianist and conductor’s profound interpretations of the Polish composer’s music have held audiences spellbound for more than seventy years.

On March 28, Yuja Wang performs Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Prokofiev filmed at the Berlin Philharmonic. Watch his mother, a dancer, rehearse Swan Lake child began Wang’s love for Russian music.

On March 29, World Piano Day, watch Víkingur Ólafsson perform a selection of Bach’s major and minor keyboard works, Beethoven’s Pathétique in C minor and two Etudes by Philip Glass filmed at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík. The works not only reshaped the musical form of their day, but also revolutionized the status of the piano as an instrument.

Performances rediscovered by legendary pianists

Also on World Piano Day, an exclusive one-hour film of rediscovered performances by some of the world’s most legendary pianists will be released digitally for the first time on Deutsche Grammophon’s YouTube channel. The film features close-up shots of the hands of iconic artists such as Vladimir Horowitz and Wilhelm Kempff, and performances by Hélène Grimaud, young Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Daniel Barenboim, Maria João Pires and Maurizio Pollini.

World Piano Day, founded by German composer, performer and record producer Nils Frahm in 2015, is held annually on the 88th day of the year, symbolizing the number of piano keys.

For more details on the Deutsche Grammophon World Piano Day Festival, click here.

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