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Piano Day 2020

An exclusive broadcast featuring Jon Hopkins, Joep Beving, Margaret Leng Tan, Nils Frahm and more 

Founded by Nils Frahm in 2015, the 88th day of the year was declared Piano Day - a nod to the 88 keys on a modern piano.

Piano Day 2020 will feature a broadcast of performances, pre-recorded packages and exclusive interviews, showcasing both the piano, and the diversity of musicians that have walked through the Opera House’s Stage Door. Supported by Yamaha.

Watch the broadcast

One broadcast on Saturday 28 March, 2020

Saturday 28 March 2020, 10.30am

This event runs for approximately 50 minutes, with no interval.

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

“Celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most importantly, the listener.”

Nils Frahm, Founder of Piano Day


Reframe, rethink and reimagine the piano. 

The Opera House plays host to an extraordinary range of piano performances every year – from classical concertos, to the avant-garde, to legendary moments in pop.

Piano Day celebrates all dimensions of the instrument, creating a platform for all piano related projects, celebrating everything from the piano itself, the performers, composers, builders & the listener.

The Program

An exclusive performance by Jon Hopkins

Jon Hopkins is a two-time Mercury Prize nominee and Ivor Novello Award winner whose fifth and latest album, the masterful, Grammy-nominated Singularity, synthesises techno, acoustic piano, transcendent choral sounds and ambient psychedelia to create what Pitchfork called an “odyssey that thrums with spiritual resonance.”

Hopkins has previously headlined Glastonbury, as well as having performed as part of Brian Eno’s Luminous Festival alongside Underworld and The Necks in 2009.  

Margaret Leng Tan 

New York-based Singaporean pianist Margaret Leng Tan forged a path as a major force within the American avant-garde, serving as a musical muse for such giants as John Cage and George Crumb, and transforming the toy piano into a serious instrument. Her stellar career is a touchstone for the past 40 years of experimental musical innovation.

In lieu of a live-streamed broadcast from the Utzon Room (cancelled due to COVID-19), Margaret Leng Tan will record a short performance from her home for broadcast as part of Piano Day 2020.

Joep Beving

Since Beving’s astonishing global breakout with the self-released debut Solipsism in 2015, Dutch composer and pianist Joep Beving has become one of the most widely-loved neo-classical artists of the era. Beving has transformed himself from an at home music composer to a Spotify sensation, with 1 million Spotify streams, monthly. 

While Joep Beving was in Sydney last December, we recorded his piece “Sol and Luna”, a piece which references Romantic-era piano compositions. This special performance was recorded exclusively for Piano Day 2020.

An exclusive interview with Nils Frahm

Founder of World Piano Day & Germany’s genre-defying piano-prodigy, Nils Frahm was introduced to music at an early age. Having first immersed himself in the style of classical piano, Frahm now draws inspiration from contemporary composers, forging his own path through musical composition, with no two performances the same.

When asked why does the world need a Piano Day? Nils responds; “For many reasons. But mostly, because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener.”

Andrea Lam

Andrea Lam has been a celebrated Australian musician since her teenage years, when she made her orchestral debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at 13. Now, as well as being a brilliant concerto soloist, working with distinguished conductors and orchestras, in Australia and overseas, the New York based pianist is an active chamber musician and recitalist.

In lieu of a live-streamed broadcast from the Utzon Room (cancelled due to COVID-19), Andrea Lam will record a performance from her home of Brahms Intermezzos 1 and 2 from Klavierstuecke, Op. 118.

Simon Tedeschi

Acclaimed by respected critics and peers as “True greatness” (Sydney Morning Herald), Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned classical pianists, winner of the Young Performer of the Year Award (Australia) and the Creativity Foundation’s Legacy Award (USA), performing in venues from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts.

Simon will record a performance of Debussy’s Clair de Lune from his home for broadcast as part of Piano Day 2020.

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Margaret Leng Tan toys with the limits of theatre

Experimental piano pioneer Margaret Leng Tan has made her theatre debut – at the age of 74


Tuning the grandest of all instruments

Terry Harper is pitch perfect when preparing Sydney Opera House pianos for the greats.

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