COVID-19 update: We have made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone all Philharmonia Orchestra concerts and performances up to 18 April 2020.
Read more

All events Small-ensemble performance

Music of Today: Víkingur Ólafsson

Queen Elizabeth Hall
£10 — £15
Book tickets

Booking open to Friends only. Join now
Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 9.30am.

Photo of pianist Víkingur Ólafsson

Artists

Conductor to be confirmed
Víkingur Ólafsson – piano

Programme

Bent Sørensen Papillons – Rosenbad Listen

Edmund Finnis New work for solo piano

Bent Sørensen Papillons – Pantomime Listen

Edmund Finnis New work for solo piano

Bent Sørensen Papillons – Mignon Listen

A chance to hear the complete artistic range of pianist Víkingur Ólafsson in a programme of enticing works for piano and small ensemble.

Ólafsson first rose to prominence through his first two acclaimed albums, showcasing the music of Philip Glass and JS Bach respectively. This bold statement presenting the contemporary and the traditional has served to build up a career of immense versatility and an arresting style.

At the heart of tonight’s programme lies Bent Sørensen’s Papillons trilogy. Spun out of Sørensen’s veiled, dreamy musical voice, the evocative world of this piece for piano quintet flows through shifting soundscapes of nostalgia, fear and solitude, but also a sense of fragile optimism. A single seven-movement part for the piano across each of the three pieces is presented in new contexts each time by the ensemble, creating a beautiful kaleidoscopic effect.

And in a breathing space between each of Sørensen’s pieces, experience new musical miniatures by British composer Edmund Finnis.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£10 – £15

Book for both performances this evening and get your second ticket half-price

Tickets at student prices available via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability); subscription discounts not available

Running time

45 minutes, there is no interval

Recommended age

7+

Drinks

You can take drinks from the bar into this evening’s performance

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717

Additional information

This concert is part of Southbank Centre’s SoundState Festival

Venue

Photo of Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

View on Google Maps

Before the concert

Photo of composer and drummer Tyshawn Sorey
Small-ensemble performance

Music of Today: Tyshawn Sorey

Tyshawn Sorey – conductor; drums

  • George Lewis The Will to Adorn (UK premiere)
  • Tyshawn Sorey Autoschediasms (UK premiere)
  • Tyshawn Sorey For Bill Dixon and A. Spencer Barefield (European premiere)
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Booking open to Friends only. Join now
Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 9.30am.

Book tickets
£10 — £15
Top