Welcome friends

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Fortepiano Festival. In conversations with our concert guests, our cooperation partners and performing artists, the first initial Hammerklavierkonzert developed into a festival of its own that is unparalleled. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all contributors.


At the centre of this year's Fortepiano Festival is a composer whose name stands like no other for Romantic piano music: Frédéric Chopin. The Polish-French pianist, composer and piano teacher wrote almost exclusively works for piano. He combined distinct melody with virtuoso piano movement and highly expressive harmony. Influenced by Polish folk music, classical and contemporary role models and the bel canto style of singing, Chopin developed his own unique musical language. It is perhaps the most intimate in the entire canon of Western music with an unmistakable recognition value.


We invite you to discover the music of Frédéric Chopin at this year's Fortepiano Festival. Mainly played on historical fortepianos, it develops a very special charm that is rarely heard in this form.


Only through numerous supporters and sponsors of the Fortepiano-Konzertverein e.V. this 10th festival can take place. Our heartfelt thanks go to all of them!


Yuko Abe-Haueis