A rare feat – experience six of Australia’s best pianists playing six grand pianos in a virtuosic kaleidoscope of music. Beginning with the genius of Bach, the program also features past and present Australian composers and a generous helping of Latin dance rhythms.
For a concert pianist isolation is the norm: practising alone and performing solo – so what happens when six of them come together in Sydney’s Town Hall?
In 12 Hands 6 Grands, the Sydney International Piano Competition’s Artistic Director, Piers Lane, has invited six of Australia’s best female pianists to join in a rare collaboration. Some are laureates of the competition, all are luminaries of the piano.
Bach’s compositions provide the foundation, beginning with a simple prelude passed around the circle, before the program pivots to Australian music, with arranger and composer Grainger taking his cue from Bach’s dancing rhythms and weaving melodies. There’s reflective calm in music from Kats-Chernin’s Lebewohl concerto; Robert Keane introduces a Latin spirit; and the fabulous Jamaican Rumba inspires a flurry of fingers.
A collaborative performance of duos, trios and quartet, 12 Hands 6 Grands culminates in an astounding, musically complex performance by all six pianists – unleashing the sheer power and sublime expressive beauty of concert grand pianos.
Runtime: 70 mins
JS BACH Prelude in C major, BWV 846 (WTK Book 1, No.2 BWV 846)
JS BACH arr. GRAINGER Fugue in C major (WTK Book 1, No.2 BWV 846)
JS BACH arr. GRAINGER Toccata in F major, BWV 540
JS BACH Concerto in A minor for four keyboards, BWV 1065
GRAINGER Random Round
KATS-CHERNIN so aflame in love (from Piano Concerto No.3, Lebewohl)
KEANE Three dances from Suite for two pianos [world premiere]
BENJAMIN Jamaican Rumba
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Reserved Full Price – $69
Reserved Concession – $62
+ booking fee
Please note that paired seats cannot be split, therefore if you are after a single seat please select a seat that is on its own.
If you are after other configurations, please contact the Sydney Festival office during business hours.
Hearing loops are located in The Centennial Hall (both Ground Floor and Gallery level) and the Lower Town Hall.
Accessible entry to the building is via the Druitt Street entrance (opposite the Queen Victoria Building) and all venues within the building can be reached by an accessible path of travel.
Service dogs are welcome at Town Hall, however, please inform staff prior to arriving at the building.
Face masks are mandatory at all Sydney Festival events for all patrons 13 years and older, in line with NSW Government regulations. A face mask is required at all times while inside foyers, theatres and outdoor venues, including during performances. Children 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.
A strict lockout period applies. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
The venue will open one hour ahead of the performance time.
Your ticket will indicate whether your designated entry will be George Street, Sydney Square or Druitt Street.
Sydney International Piano Competition acknowledges the assistance of its sponsors – Australia Piano World, Kawai, Fazioli, and Sauter.
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