CURRENT SEASON

KATYA APEKISHEVA and CHARLES OWEN piano duo

Wednesday 8 May 2024 7:30pm


Ravel          Ma mère I’Oye (Mother Goose)

Stravinsky Petrushka

Fauré          Dolly suite. op 56

Holst            The Planets, op 32 (four movements)

Katya Apekisheva,well-known to Ilkley audiences, and Charles Owen are one of the most highly-acclaimed piano duos performing. Their collaboration, which began in 2001, arises from a shared teacher at the Royal College of Music who was an inspiration to them both. They are the founders and artistic directors of the London Piano Festival, held annually at Kings Place since 2016.

Their programme includes two classics of the piano duo repertoire, Fauré’s enchanting Dolly suite, written for his mistress’s daughter, and Ravel’s magical ‘five children’s pieces’ – Mother Goose – named for the children’s story book and dedicated to the Godebski children. Stravinsky’s piano duo score for Petrushka is the original source out of which the orchestral version of the ballet was created. In contrast, Holst’s Planets was adapted for piano duo: to celebrate Holst’s 150th birthday, we shall hear four of the movements to round off the season with a bang!