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The Bijlmerpark Theater - 23 June 2021
Together with the Bijlmer Parktheater in Amsterdam, we offered 24 amateur pianists the unique opportunity to perform in the main hall on a beautiful concert grand piano. And there was more: Elvis Ediagbonya gave an improvisation workshop that day.
Workshop "Play from your heart" by Elvis Ediagbonya
Elvis Ediagbonya (singer, pianist and conductor) took the participants into the world of improvisation and showed how the musical fantasy of participants could become reality.
Mini-masterclass by David Kuijken and Maartje Meijer
Participants played on a great concert grand piano, received feedback from one of these top teachers and a beautiful video recording of their performance.
About PianoFest in the Bijlmer
The amateur pianists can perform in the main hall of the Bijlmerparktheater in Amsterdam on a beautiful Bösendorfer 290 Imperial, made available by Bol Pianos & Vleugels. From beginner to advanced, from young to old, from classical or jazz music lovers to the creators of their own songs, all amateurs are welcome. You can also accompany yourself or play together with a friend
You can shine on the main stage for 20 minutes: You perform for 5 minutes, then you get a mini masterclass of 10 minutes. Then you play your repertoire again. A video recording will be made of your last performance. This will be sent to you afterwards together with the audio of the masterclass.PianoFest aan 't IJ
The corona crisis is hitting the cultural sector hard. Also for PianoFest there are a lot of uncertainties in terms of financial resources, availability of the building and of course the 1,5 meter distance, which makes it impossible to organise a public event with 1300 visitors. Therefore PianoFest decided to cancel the third festival edition of December 2020.
But we have come up with an alternative in this crazy time: PianoFest aan ´t IJ! Together with the Muziekgebouw aan ´t IJ in Amsterdam we are offering 50 amateur pianists a unique experience. On 4th and 10th of July 2020 you may perform your favourite music piece during 5 minutes on the biggest stage of the Muziekgebouw! Not with an audience this time, but we will make sure to catch your 5 minutes of fame on camera, so you can share it with whomever you want after the event. Straight after your performance you will receive feedback on stage from pianist, David Kuyken, principle teacher of piano at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and coordinator of the Sweelinck Academy. So you better start studying already!