Lofoten Piano Festival
As a subsidiary festival of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival, the Lofoten Piano Festival aims to bring a varied program with the piano in focus – performed by international artists at a high level – to the whole of Lofoten.
The festival came to life in 2014 as Norway’s only piano festival. With the same artistic level as the mother festival, the festival has in a short time become a recognized piano festival among other major European piano festivals.
Lofoten Piano Festival and Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival are held every other year.
Read more about the upcoming festival here.
High density of grand pianos in Lofoten
When Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival arranged its first festival in 2004, there was not a single grand piano to be found in Lofoten. Already in 2007, the first Steinway & Sons came to Buksnes Church in Gravdal. The festival has been an important driving force for the total of 10 Steinway & Sons in Lofoten today. Steinway & Sons has a long history and makes instruments professional pianists are used to playing. The quality is the same as in the largest and most famous concert venues in the world.
Norway’s first piano festival
With all the grand pianos in Lofoten, it was very natural to start a piano festival. Not least since Norway at the time did not have a festival with this profile. Lofoten Piano Festival has in a short time received great recognition, also internationally. Just before the opening in 2018, the magazine Pianist ranked the festival as the third best in Europe, over several large prestigious festivals.
The festival is largely conducted in the same way as the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival. The biggest difference is the focus on the piano in the program. Here, there are concerts for up to four concert grand pianos at the same time.
Lofoten Piano Festival collaborates with Steinway Prize Winner Concerts.
New artistic directors
Lofoten Piano Festival has no permanent artistic director, unlike Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival. For the first two years, it was Jean-Efflam Bavouzet who had the artistic responsibility. In 2018, the festival was under the artistic direction of Bertrand Chamayou. Artistic director in 2020 was the Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland.
Due to covid-19, the festival was canceled in 2020.