About the Festival

The Event

We are thrilled to present the 2017 Birmingham International Piano Festival – where we bring some of the world’s finest pianists and keyboard players to Birmingham. Performances will take place in the University of Birmingham’s world class concert halls in the Bramall Music Building and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts between Friday 27 October and Saturday 4 November 2017.

In this, the third year of the Festival, we welcome piano virtuoso Benjamin Grosvenor, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, British harpsichordist Steven Devine, Professor Kenneth Hamilton, and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. We present family concert ‘Songs About Us’ with Dominic Harlan, and – taking keyboard exploration to a new level – one of the world’s leading accordionists, Ksenija Sidorova.


We hope you can join us for our most eclectic line-up yet.

Jo Sweet & Mike Lloyd
BIPF Co-directors


The Organisers

Birmingham International Piano Festival is a collaborative project between the University of Birmingham and concert promoter, Mike Lloyd. This week-long festival has been devised by Mike Lloyd and Jo Sweet (Head of University Music and Concerts) to bring some of the world’s finest pianists to Birmingham. It offers a unique opportunity as an event that uses both the University’s Elgar Concert Hall, which opened in 2012, and the intimate Art Deco concert hall of The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, whose own international concert series has been running since 1945.



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Barber Concert Hall, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

Barber Concert Hall


Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham

Elgar Concert Hall