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RAM Summer Piano Festival 2023

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

The annual Royal Academy of Music Summer Piano Festival took place in June - this year I performed in two concerts:

Julian Chan with Neil Brand (centre) and five other RAM pianists

In this year's Improvising to Film concert, I - along with a few fellow pianists at the Academy - gave concert in which we improvised a piano soundtrack along to the 1928 silent film Beggars of Life starring Louise Brooks. It was lovely to be part of a movement bringing silent film improvisation back in front of UK audiences, and everyone's performances were very well-received!

Later that day, I performed the rousing two-piano arrangement by the composer of Brahms's Third Symphony in F major, Op. 90 along with my colleague Leon Chen. This was the finale of an afternoon-long celebration of the life and work of Brahms, featuring works such as his first Piano Trio and the second and third Piano Sonatas. We hope to bring all of Brahms's symphonies to the recital stage in due course (having now worked on each of them in their two-piano formats)!


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