Top pianist praises Sunday Series audiences in Harrogate

Sunday Series opening act  French pianist Cdric Tiberghien.
Sunday Series opening act French pianist Cdric Tiberghien.
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One of the stars of the this year's Harrogate International Festivals’ Sunday Series which launches later this month has hailed the town as the perfect place for live classical music.

French pianist Cédric Tiberghien said the town had “exceptional audiences” on his own past experience.

He said: “When I am in Harrogate I feel like I am playing for friends in an intimate space and I already know there will be an exceptional audience.

“Harrogate is not only a beautiful place, but also where audiences have been very accessible to my performance.There is a marvellous feeling that you are connecting. I adore that.”

The 40-year-old, who has a flourishing career which takes him to five continents, is opening Harrogate International Festivals’ Sunday Series on January 24 at the Old Swan Hotel.

It’s a timely boost for the Sunday Series which brings the finest international chamber musicians to Harrogate each year and to the overall Harrogate International Festivals itself which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016.

To mark what promises to be a momentous year, the Festivals have also announced an exclusive performance by the acclaimed Simón Bolívar String Quartet on Saturday, March 12.

This special night we will also see the line-up revealed for the Harrogate Music Festival 2016 which takes place throughout July.

As for the remainder of the programme for the Sunday Series at the Old Swan Hotel, the opening concert with pianist Tiberghien will be followed by the multi-award winning Navarra String Quartet.

The series also features clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins, a pairing of two of the most promising musicians of their generation, Hyeyoon Park and Benamin Grosvenor, and a man who needs little introduction: pianist John Lill, who will close the series.

Opening act Cédric Tiberghien has appeared with some of the world’s finest orchestras. He began his current Bartok focus London’s Wigmore Hall in November, where he gave two solo recitals featuring key works from Bartok’s solo piano repertoire including the folk-inspired Burlesques, which he will also play in Harrogate.

For tickets for the Sunday Series, call 01423 562 303 or visit www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com