»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 2024

38th Rarities of Piano music will take place form 17-24th of August 2024. Ticket sale will start in spring 2024. Exact dates will be announced at a later date.

Rarities of Piano Music on radio

Deutschlandfunk Kultur has recorded the piano recitals of Beatrice Berrut (August 25) and Alfredo Soldano (August 26).
Broadcast dates:
Concert with Beatrice Berrut: Live (delayed) on August 25, from 8:03 p.m. in the program “Concert”.
Here you´ll find the recording of the concert
Concert with Alfonso Soldano: September 28, from 8:03 p.m. on the show “Concert”

Listening experience at home – two concerts in live stream
Updated: August 2023

This year you can experience concerts via live stream at home for the first time. We stream the concerts of Andrey Gugnin (August 22nd) and Tanya Gabrielian (August 23rd) live. Tickets for this can be purchased in our online shop for €10 plus sale fee. You will then receive a link and a personalized access code that will take you to the website where you can see and hear the concert.

 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

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

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

Le Paradis du pianophile est en Allemagne. – Un festival certainement unique au monde.

Diapason, 2016

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

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

It would be superficial to consider the “Rarities of Piano Music” 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

Find out more about the annual festival CDs

  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 of »Rarities of Piano Music« – now available as a touring exhibition