Bertrand Chamayou new artistic director for the piano festival

We are proud to announce that the french pianist Bertrand Chamayou is the new artistic director of Lofoten Piano Festival.

At 35, he is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world. His complete recording of Maurice Ravels solo piano music was elected as solo recording of the year by Echo Klassik Awards.

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And the winner is…… Ah Ruem Ahan!

The young South Korean pianist just won the Grieg Competition in Bergen, and by that we can present the first artist of Lofoten Piano Festival 2018.

In the spring of 2016, a deal was made between the competition and our piano edition. As a part of the first price of the competition, the winner will take part in the next Lofoten Piano Festival.

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Festival report from two British entusiasts

Two of the participants in our own festival package – Barbara and John van Gelder from England – had a good time, and sent us this essay about their experiences of the festival and Lofoten:

Why would an English couple spend two days driving to the North of Scotland in order to take two airplane flights and a ferry in order to attend a music festival when the Proms season is just about to begin? Because it is the Lofoten Piano Festival!

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”The crowd was a mix of Joe Sixpack and the well heeled

“You can’t worry about the transactions that are coming or the ones that have happened. You have to get to the season and do your job. You can’t get caught up on the past records. Basically, this causes a person to overestimate the effects of alcohol during the first few drinks (called the “absorption phase”…

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