»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.




Festival „Rarities of Piano music“ – Special edition »Six petits concerts« 13.-15. May 2021

After the cancellation of the 34th Festival “Rarities of Piano Music” last summer, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we concentrate our hope on 2021. As a kind of compensation, the special edition will try to fill the gap that has arisen. The title of the festival “Six Petits Concerts” (May 13-15, 2021) we chose in reference to Charles-Valentin Alkan’s so called concerts in the 1870s in the “Salle Érard” in Paris, with which he returned to the podium after a break of more than twenty years. Each of the six concerts of this extra-festival will feature a piece from Alkan’s lesser known 30 “Chants” – a small homage to the author whose title we borrowed and a mental brace that holds these concerts together.

Among the composers of the works that will be performed in the excitingly compiled programs are names that have never appeared in the festival programs in the past 33 years – names such as Mel Bonis, Deodat de Séverac, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Vianna da Motta, Hélène de Montgeroult, William Grant Still.

Start of ticket sale: 18th of December 2020

Here you´ll find the programme

Book tickets here

Festival CD 2019: Radio broadcast and online reviews


On October 14th, starting at 10:05 p.m., the festival CD of the year 2019 will be presented in a one-hour broadcast “Klassikwelt” on Radio Bremen 2. Here you will find more information
Online reviews of the festival CD can be found at www.musicweb-international.com:
Review by Rob Challinor
Review by John France


Festival CD 2019 will be released in mid-August 2020


Corona has mixed up many plans this year: luckily not the release of the annual festival CD. We are pleased to be able to offer you the Festival CD of 2019 from mid-August. Among other things, Works by Danielpour, Alexandrov, Adorno, Fontana, Liszt, Samazeuilh, Bizet, Dvarionas, Godard and Arensky can be heard on it.
The CD can be ordered from the Nordfriesland Foundation this year. More information will follow in due course here on the website.


Festival program 2021 is released


As of June 24, 2020
The festival program planned for 2020 was postponed to next year.
For organizational reasons, the original concert order could not be completely retained.
Here you´ll find the 2021 programme


The ticket sales for the 2021 festival have not yet been decided, subscriptions are expected to be available from the end of March 2021, single tickets from the end of April 2021.
We will inform you in good time about the start of sales.


“Rarities of Piano Music 2019” on the radio on June 3, 2020


The concert recording of Roland Pöntinen’s concert on August 27, 2019 will be broadcasted on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, from 7:20 p.m. on the Danish broadcaster DR P2 Klassisk. Roland Pöntinen presents works including by Seymer, Sibelius, Fauré, Szymanowski and Villa-Lobos a.o.
After the broadcast, the concert can also be found online at:


Festival 2020 canceled


The 34th festival should take place from 14th till 22nd of August 2020. After long discussions and considerations, we have to inform you today that this year’s festival “Rarities of Piano Music” is canceled -due to all restrictions and uncertainties caused by the corona virus and to protect the health of the public and the pianists.
For the first time in festival history, we have to take this step and wish we could share better news with you.


We are currently working on the program planned for this year with all planned artists in 2021.
The festival will take place from August 13-21, 2021. You will find the exact concert dates and programs here on the festival website in the next few weeks.


If you don’t want to spend the summer without the “rarities of piano music”, we can recommend the festival recordings of previous years. They are available from the Danish label Danacord www.danacord.dk  or individual years at Stiftung Nordfriesland (email: stiftung@nordfriesland.de , Tel. 0049- (0)4841-8973-0).


Check out our festival homepage from time to time for news – maybe we can surprise you with some digital offers.


We wish you and your environment that you stay healthy! Take care,
Sincerely yours
Your festival organization

 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