Luka Okros
Event 1
Friday 5th October, 8:00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Piano masterpieces
Franz Schubert
4 Impromptus op90 D899
Zakaria Paliashvili
'Lekuri' from Abesalom & Eteri
Sergei Prokofiev
Sonata no.3 op.28
Franz Joseph Haydn
Sonata in E minor HobXVI:34
Frédéric Chopin
Sonata no2 op35
Franz Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody no2

This is an archived event from the 2018 Programme.

Luka Okros piano

©Robert Piwko 


We open with a truly magical recital, embracing several contrasting masters of the piano.

Schubert’s free and improvisatory Impromptus are among his best-loved pieces. Close your eyes and imagine him playing for his friends.

Luka Okros's fellow countryman, Paliashvili, wrote several operas. Abesalom da Eteri is based on Eteriani - a medieval folk poem - and was premiered in 1919. Lekuri is a word used to describe a traditional Georgian dance.

Prokofiev's Sonata no.3 op.28 is a single movement in sonata form, which juxtaposes two diverse themes - an angular theme in Prokofiev’s “motoric” style, and a lyrical second theme.

That great poet of the piano, Chopin, is heard to perfection in the B minor sonata: the stormy and suffering opening; a demonic Scherzo; the celebrated Funeral March; and the darkly swirling Finale.

Haydn was the epitome of the Enlightenment. His E minor sonata has three movements: a dramatic opening Presto; a flowing and contemplative Adagio; and finally, an ebullient set of variations on a folk-like melody.

Liszt’s famous Hungarian Rhapsody is rooted in the folk music of his native land. The two sections are Hungarian dances - a slow, dramatic and somewhat melancholy lassan, then a fast and playful friska.


We’re delighted to present this immensely talented young pianist from Tbilisi, Georgia. Like Pavel Kolesnikov, he was recommended to us by Peter Uppard, who died last year - see tribute below.

A Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory graduate, Luka Okros took his Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music. Winner of 10 international piano competitions – and the Intercollegiate Piano Competition of Jaques Samuel, who provide the piano he plays tonight – he made his Carnegie Hall debut aged 18.

“Not a cough, not a rustle of sweet wrapper, not a distracting sound as Luka Okros played Schumann, Chopin and Liszt…This was the masterclass of the week” Stratford Festival

Luka plays Schubert's Impromptus

Concert dedicated to the memory of Peter Uppard

Peter Uppard was an extraordinarily talented pianist and composer, who supported the Festival from its earliest days. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, eventually becoming Emeritus Professor of Piano. He introduced us to Jaques Samuel, from whom we continue to hire Fazioli pianos - which he'd recommended.

Peter was celebrated as a teacher by generations of students, and frequently appeared on judging panels at major piano festivals, including the prestigious Honens International Competition. So impressed was he by Pavel Kolesnikov, the Honens Laureate 2012, that we have twice presented this brilliant young pianist at the Festival.

And, he recommended Luka Okros. Sadly, Peter died before he knew that Luka would open this year's Festival.

To read a personal tribute to Peter from Festival Chairman, Alan Hedges, click here