Lucerne's new piano festival

Piano festival «Le piano symphonique»

February 7 - 11, 2023

Fascination of keys

After Camille Saint-Saëns and Johannes Brahms in 2021 and 2022, the focus of our piano festival will now be on Robert Schumann, among others, interpreted by absolute world stars such as Martha Argerich, Rudolf Buchbinder and Khatia Buniatishvili.

The classic Steinway has a total of 88 keys, both white and black; some instruments even have 97. They can be used to create infinite worlds of sound – as long as you hit the right keys. «The difficult thing about the piano is that every right note is between two wrong ones,» once said Artur Schnabel, who incidentally made his only appearance at the Lucerne International Music Festival in 1948. However, the piano is the navel of the world of music. And not only for the glorified keyboard wizards and virtuoso keyboard lions. Symphonies are written on the piano, even hour-long operas and pious masses. Or chamber music. Nothing works without the piano. Perhaps it was this insight that inspired Schubert to write his beautiful song «To My Piano», which concludes with the unforgettable verses: «Gentle piano, / What raptures you create for me, / Golden piano! / When in life / Worries hover around me, / Tone for me, / Sweet piano!»

The piano has always had a special place in the programs of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. And with it the world’s most important pianists. Their ingenious playing and the mysterious fascination of the keys, is directly transferred to the orchestra: “le piano symphonique”. After Camille Saint-Saëns and Johannes Brahms in 2021 and 2022, our piano festival will now focus on Robert Schumann, among others, interpreted by absolute world stars such as Martha Argerich, Rudolf Buchbinder and Khatia Buniatishvili.

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience world-renowned artists up close – in the atmospheric rooms of the KKL Luzern, the Orchesterhaus in Kriens and the Neubad Luzern. Be there!

Worldstars in Lucerne

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    Fascination of Keys 7. - 11.2.2023

    Take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience world-renowned artists up close – in the atmospheric rooms of the KKL Luzern, the Orchesterhaus in Kriens and the Neubad Luzern. Be there!

  • Additional Concert 1

    Krystian Zimerman & Friends

    Krystian Zimerman and Brahms – an artistically ideal constellation since the earliest days.

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  • Additional Concert 2

    Evgeny Kissin & Renée Fleming

    The two have long been among the absolute world class: the idolized American diva and the admired Russian master pianist.

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  • Opening Concert

    Recital

    Rudolf Buchbinder opens this year’s edition of “Le piano symphonique” with works by Bach, Beethoven and Schumann.

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  • Closing Concert

    Martha Argerich & Friends

    Martha Argerich will conclude this year’s festival edition with solo pieces and chamber music featuring longtime friends and companions.

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Schedule «Le piano symphonique»

  • Tue/ 04
    Piano Festival canceled
    Piano Festival

    Krystian Zimerman & Friends

    KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
    Tue, 4. April 2023 | 19:30 Uhr
    KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
    canceled
    Tue/ 04
    Important information: The concert on Thursday, October 6 had to be cancelled. The artist is currently unable to perform due to health reasons. The concert has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 4, 20...
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  • Sat/ 11
    Piano Festival
    Piano Festival

    Martha Argerich & Friends

    KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
    Sat, 11. February 2023 | 19:30 Uhr
    KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
    Sat/ 11
    It is a true sensation to hear Martha Argerich performing entirely alone in Tchaikovsky’s «The Seasons» . It is also a very rare occurrence, much to the chagrin of her countless admirers. Martha...
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  • Mon/ 23
    Piano Festival
    Piano Festival

    Evgeny Kissin & Renée Fleming

    KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
    Mon, 23. January 2023 | 19:30 Uhr
    KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
    Mon/ 23
    In 1984, a twelve-year-old made his sensational debut in Moscow. It was Evgeny Kissin playing Chopin’s two piano concertos. Less than two years later, a young soprano caused a furore in Salzburg...
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  • Tue/ 07
    Piano Festival
    Piano Festival

    Recital Rudolf Buchbinder

    KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
    Tue, 7. February 2023 | 19:00 Uhr
    KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
    Tue/ 07
    Opening concert of the piano festival «Le piano symphonique» Lucern
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  • Tue/ 07
    Piano Festival
    Piano Festival

    The art of playing the harpsichord

    Neubad Luzern
    Tue, 7. February 2023 | 22:00 Uhr
    Neubad Luzern
    Tue/ 07
    When Jean Rondeau plays the harpsichord, new worlds open up, both musical and instrumental. In his hands the music sounds excitingly fresh and unspent, anything but dusty or out-dated; enough to make ...
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  • Wed/ 08
    Piano Festival
    Piano Festival

    Martha Argerich plays Schumann

    KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
    Wed, 8. February 2023 | 19:30 Uhr
    KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
    Wed/ 08
    The Grande Dame of the Piano at the Piano Festival «Le Piano Symphonique» Lucern
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  • Thu/ 09
    Piano Festival
    Piano Festival

    The fascination of fantasy

    Orchesterhaus Kriens
    Thu, 9. February 2023 | 12:30 Uhr
    Orchesterhaus Kriens
    Thu/ 09
    Robert Schumann created three versions of his Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, using the theme from the slow movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. The fact that Schumann repeatedly rework...
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  • Fri/ 10
    Piano Festival
    Piano Festival

    Bienvenue, Jonathan Nott & OSR

    KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
    Fri, 10. February 2023 | 19:30 Uhr
    KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
    Fri/ 10
    Guest appearance at «Le Piano Symphonique» Lucern
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  • Thu/ 09
    Piano Festival
    Piano Festival

    Paderewski’s Piano Concerto
    Víkingur Ólafsson piano recital

    KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
    Thu, 9. February 2023 | 19:30 Uhr
    KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
    Thu/ 09
    Symphonic and soloistic in one concert at the Piano Festival «Le Piano Symphonique» Lucern
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  • Yoav Levanon am Flügel Sat/ 11
    Piano Festival
    Piano Festival

    Recital Yoav Levanon

    Orchesterhaus Kriens
    Sat, 11. February 2023 | 12:30 Uhr
    Orchesterhaus Kriens
    Sat/ 11
    The up-and-coming star at the Piano Festival «Le piano symphonique» Lucern
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