»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.

 

 

New

Festival program 2021 is released

June 3rd of June, 2021
The festival program for the 2021 edition has now been set. Last year’s program, which could not be implemented due to the pandemic, has been retained with the exception of slight cuts. There will be two passages, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, to make up for the reduced number of seats in the hall. Subscriptions are available from June 8th via the advance booking office in the museum shop Schloss vor Husum, individual tickets online from June 22nd 2021 and at all Reservix advance booking offices.

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Cancellation »Six Petits Concerts«

 

We deeply regret to inform you that we are compelled to cancel the concert series “Six Petits Concerts”. The current pandemic situation prevents the pianists from entering the country as well as a carefree concert experience for our audience. In the near future, we will provide you with further details concerning the tickets that have already been purchased. At the moment, we are trying to set an alternative date in June 2022 (Pentecost). However, because the preparations are still ongoing, we cannot make any binding statements yet. The same applies to our festival in August. We assume that it will take place and we are working out a corona-suitable version. We kindly ask you for your patience until the programme is presented and the presale can begin.

 

Thank you very much for your great interest which showed in the quick sell-out of the concerts. Since we were very happy about it, we’re looking forward to welcoming you soon!

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 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

Subscribers

 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