Sensational pianists pep up forthcoming Sunday Series

Pianist Artur Pizarro.
Pianist Artur Pizarro.

NOW in its 19th year, the 2012 Harrogate International Festivals’ Sunday Series will see the magnificent Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate welcome some of the brightest stars on the classical music scene.

This year’s programme will include sensational piano performances from two big names.

Internationally-renowned pianist and Festival favourite Artur Pizarro will appear on Sunday, January 22 and BBC Radio 3 favourite Martin Roscoe on Sunday, February 19.

Artur Pizarro promises to be the perfect start to the New Year and a new season, presenting a thrilling programme of music from Chopin’s ‘miniature masterpieces’ to the grand splendour of Wagner, Liszt and Rachmaninov.

After winning first place at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in 1990, Pizarro has since taken the world by storm with his breathtaking performances.

Martin Roscoe, one of Britain’s most prolific recitalists, will follow on from where Pizarro exuberantly leaves off.

Illustrating his breadth of experience, Roscoe’s programme will take his audience on a journey from the playful Scenes from Childhood in Schumann’s Kinderszenen, to the sombre and tragic sonorities of Beethoven’s masterpiece, and the turbulent drama from Schubert’s sonata, written just two months before the composer’s death.

Sharon Canavar, Chief Executive of the Harrogate International Festivals, said: “We’re extremely proud to be maintaining the reputation and tradition of the Sunday Series with some of the finest talents at work today coming to Harrogate in 2012.”

The full season line-up is completed with performances from the Pavão String Quartet, described as the ensemble to “offer classical music a dynamic future”, Julian Bliss, alumni of the Festivals’ Young Musician Series, and drawing finally to a close with one of Britain’s foremost cellists, Paul Watkins.

Tickets, which went on sale earlier this month, have been selling strongly in the lead-up to Christmas, both for individual concert tickets and subscriptions

Tickets for the series are on sale directly from the Festival Office at Raglan House on Raglan Street or can be booked by phone on 01423 562303 or by email on

Booking forms are also available to download from the Festival website: