»Rarities of Piano Music« at Husum castle

Under the artistic direction of pianist Peter Froundjian, the one-week festival has been taking place in August in Husum Castle every year since 1987. The aim is to draw the public’s attention to works that, despite their high quality, have not found their way into the current piano repertoire. The “Rarities of Piano Music” consist of nine concerts, a matinee and an exhibition. Through the production of a live CD (at the Danish label “Danacord”) a selection of the works played is distributed worldwide.

The 34th festival will take place from 14th till 22nd of August 2020.
Festival programme 2020 you´ll find here.

News on coronavirus
Festival 2020

In contrast to the events currently affected by cancellations due to the SARS CoV-2 (Covid-19) coronavirus, the “Rarities of Piano Music” festival will not take place in the next few weeks, but in August. However, the team of the Nordfriesland Foundation is monitoring the development of the situation very carefully. If measures to reduce the risk of infection are necessary in summer or if the festival is canceled due to legal regulations, we will inform the concert visitors in advance.

Start of ticket sale postponed due to coronavirus

Due to corona virus, the official start of ticket sales is postponed:
Subscriptions available from May 5, single tickets from May 26, dates subject to change.

 It is an absolutely wonderful place to share the love of the unusual repertoire with people. People who want more than standard programs. It is probably the most perfect festival in the world. Marc-André Hamelin, NDR.de, 2015

In not one of its recitals will you hear a note of the Standard repertoire. It’s not that the great masters are not revered – far from it. The people who come to Husum love the piano in all its guises. International Piano, Nov/Dez 2011

La Paradis du pianophile est en Allemagne. – Un Festival certainement unique au monde. Diapason, 2016

 It is one of the most beautiful and precious festivals in the world. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 2016

All young artists should visit Husum. I can guarantee that they will have their vision enriched and enlarged. Bryce Morrison, International Piano, März/April 2015

Where connoisseurs respect experts. Frankfurter Rundschau, 2016

Find out more about the festival in the book: Beyond the mainstream

It would be superficial to consider the “Rarities of Piano Music” festival as “just another festival”, since from the start it understood itself as a necessary addition to the seasonal musical life in the cities. When Bryce Morrison writes in “Gramophone”: “What would we do without the annual Husum Festival?” it expresses the status of indispensability that has now been achieved. Peter Froundjian

Initiator and artistic director Peter Froundjian

  and realize that this one week in August had a personal depth effect on both of us, which is nothing like what we were already able to experience in our rather long life as a concert visitor. Thomas und Elszbieta Nickelsen


 the experience is the same every year: As soon as you have left Husum heading south after the last concert, you are already looking forward to the next year, longing for new piano adventures in the North Frisian piano paradise. Wilfried Schäper

Radio Bremen

34 years »Rarities of Piano Music« - now available as touring exhibition