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Angela Hewitt stands in for pianist Maria João Pires

The Rudolf Firkušný Piano Festival regrets to announce that, for health reasons, pianist Maria João Pires has had to cancel her appearance at this year’s festival. Her place will be taken by distinguished Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt. We greatly appreciate the fact that Angela Hewitt accepted our offer straight away in what were difficult circumstances,” stated festival director Roman Bělor.

She will be performing pieces by François Couperin, W. A. Mozart and J. S. Bach. “Angela Hewitt is a contemporary artist who has shaped her career on the interpretation of Baroque music on the modern piano. Unlike many others, she not only plays Bach superbly, but also the truly “harpsichord” works of François Couperin,” adds the festival’s Programme Director Josef Třeštík. 

The concert will take place on the same date, namely on 6 November at 7.30pm in the Dvořák Hall of Prague’s Rudolfinum. Tickets remain valid.

Firkušný 2021: A festival of debuts and returns

The Prague Spring presents the programme for the 9th edition of the Rudolf Firkušný Piano Festival, which will take place from 30 October to 9 November 2021 and offers five concerts given by superb pianists. “This year’s edition is all about debuts and returns,” says festival director Roman Bělor. “It seems almost incredible that the concert by Igor Levit will be the first ever performance this internationally celebrated musician has given in this country, and it will be only the second appearance for Arcadi Volodos in front of a Czech audience,” Bělor adds. The festival is also pleased to welcome the legendary Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires and French pianist David Fray, while the domestic music scene will be represented by Lukáš Vondráček. All the concerts will be held in the Dvořák Hall in Prague’s Rudolfinum; tickets are now on sale, available via this website.