OxPhil Piano Festival Masterclasses

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra are sorry to announce that Menahem Pressler is not able to take the scheduled masterclasses on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August at 2.30pm due to an infection. OxPhil are very sorry for this disappointing news, and wish Professor Pressler a swift recovery.
The Saturday masterclass will now be taken by Colin Stone with Marios Papadopoulos taking the last hour.
Colin Stone’s career began in the late 1980s. He was encouraged by Sir Charles Groves at the finals of the Young Artists’ Trust and went on to win the Royal Overseas League piano competition in 1986. A subsequent debut at the Wigmore Hall and numerous broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 helped to establish his growing reputation and has led to performances around the world. He has taught at the Chetham’s International Summer School for Pianists and acted as Artistic Director of the Harrow International Summer School for Pianists. Stone is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music.
The Sunday masterclass will be taken by Niel Immelman.

Niel Immelman studied with Cyril Smith, Ilona Kabos and Maria Curcio. He was still a student at the RCM when Bernard Haitink invited him to play Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This successful début was followed by further appearances with the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic and other major orchestras at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and it marked the beginning of a concert career that has taken him to every continent.

Niel Immelman has given masterclasses at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Moscow Conservatoire, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Toronto Royal Conservatory and the Universities of Berlin and Vienna. He regularly serves on juries of international competitions.

We look forward to seeing you at the Jacqueline du Pre building on Saturday and/or Sunday.


Duration: 3 hours 15mins

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