Víkingur Ólafsson plays Brahms


    Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 (46’)
  • Freya Waley-Cohen Mother Tongue (world premiere)* (25’)
  • Bartók The Miraculous Mandarin Suite (21’)


  • Edward Gardner conductor
  • Víkingur Ólafsson piano

The critics ran out of adjectives when Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson played at the Royal Festival Hall last year, and if you’ve heard him in action, you’ll understand why.

‘Magical’. ‘Flawless’. ‘A hypnotic presence at the keyboard’. We’re thrilled to welcome Víkingur back for Brahms’s tempestuous First Piano Concerto: a volcano of poetry and emotion from the wounded heart of a young genius. It could have been written for Ólafsson – but there’s no letting up after the interval, as Edward Gardner conducts Bartók’s kaleidoscopic ballet, and celebrates the special magic of one of the 21st century’s true sonic alchemists: Freya Waley-Cohen.

Wed 6 Nov 2024, 7.30pm

London, Royal Festival Hall

Tickets £7 - £70

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Free pre-concert event

Edward Gardner and Freya Waley-Cohen discuss the world premiere of Mother Tongue.
6.15–6.45pm in the Royal Festival Hall.

*Commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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