classical music

Maurizio Pollini: Aristocrat of the Piano

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Nobility and subtlety are personified in this elder statesman of the piano, who has transformed our understanding of composers from Bach to Boulez.

‘Technically, he plays better than any of us on the jury.’ So proclaimed Arthur Rubinstein after a young Italian named Maurizio Pollini won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1960.

In the six decades since, Pollini has achieved iconic status among pianists, his poise always recognisable, his subtlety unequaled.

The great British pianist Joan Chissell captured the special quality of Pollini’s sound when she described him as ‘an aristocrat’ among pianists.

The pianist has transformed our understanding of composers from Bach to Boulez, from Schumann to Chopin. His interpretations of the latter composer’s music remain incomparable, rooted in ‘the purest poetry’ (Gramophone).

Pollini’s technique renders even the most monumental technical challenges invisible.

His unswerving search for the musical truth has engendered a process of evolution in his interpretations, even as his trademark clarity and elegant poise have remained constant.

A great favourite of Southbank Centre audiences, Pollini returns to Royal Festival Hall for this solo recital as he approaches his 80th birthday.

One of the greatest pianists alive
The Times

Performers

Maurizio Pollini piano

Repertoire

Programme to be announced: .

Dates & times

13 Apr 2021
Approximate run time: 150 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£15 - £65
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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£15, £25, £38, £50, £65

Multi-buy discount
Book 3 to 4 events in the International Piano Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series. 

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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Ticketing
Book 3 to 4 events in the International Piano Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series.

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