The piano is a wondrous instrument. Whilst the athletic American pianist Tzimon Barto amazes an audience with butter-soft phrasings, the elegant French pianist Hélène Grimaud attacks a fortissimo with greater force than you'd expect from a martial artist. But as Glenn Gould once remarked, you don't play the piano with your hands, you play it with your mind. And that's not bound to your appearance, or to any cultural or geographical boundaries, generational differences or physical surroundings. So when Elena Bashkirova plays legato, the percussive piano sounds like a string instrument; the great Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs with Tamara Stefanovich, his former pupil and now his musical peer; Alexander Gavrylyuk, who was born in Ukraine and emigrated to Australia, cultivates the clear, sculptural articulation of the Russian piano school, whilst the young Usbek Behzod Abduraimov brings to life the ideal of the romantic virtuoso with his unbridled technique. And what does Mitsuko Uchida, the Japanese pianist who lives in England, do? She plays Schubert, a repertoire in which for decades she has been setting the bar. The seven piano concerts in the “Piano” subscription series, in which two pianists (Gavrylyuk and Abduraimov) make their Cologne debut, will be everything except all the same.
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Roncalliplatz (right next to Cologne Cathedral in the building of the Romano-Germanic Museum)
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Neumarkt-Galerie (in the Mayersche book shop on Neumarkt)
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