Light Piano 2.0 XL is part of the River of Light and has been programmed by Open Culture, who produce projects and events that create platforms for artists and to make the arts more welcoming and accessible to the public.
River of Light will turn the Liverpool Waterfront into a celebration of light, art and music as we celebrate the colour and noise we have all missed. The event is part of the Global Streets Programme.
Some of Open Culture’s projects include Tickle the Ivories – the annual street pianos in Liverpool ONE, LightNight – Liverpool’s annual one night arts festival, the Winter and Summer Arts Markets at Liverpool Cathedral and of course Uncoverliverpool.com.
Open Culture are thrilled to create this programme, showcasing some of the incredible and diverse up and coming and established talent from across the city region. The pianists are excited to share their talent with you.
You can download the trail map here.
Pianists scheduled for October:
22nd – Jacques Malchance
Jacques Malchance is a multimedia artist and composer from Rome, Italy, based in Liverpool, Uk. His works span across electronic music, classical and contemporary experimental music; specialising in piano, organ and synthesizer instrumentation. He has performed several piano recitals of his own works as well as performances of Erik Satie, Claude Debussy and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures At An Exhibition” in its entirety.
23rd – Karen Wynne
Karen is a Liverpool based multi-instrumentalist whose original works range from traditional song to theatre soundscape. An experienced performer and composer, Karen will bring the Light Piano 2.0 XL to life with an atmospheric new contemporary work created for River of Light, and maybe a familiar surprise or two!
24th – Cora Von Siemens
Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Cora von Siemens is currently studying Music at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. She has received a classical piano education from an early age, falling in love with the Romantic era and Impressionism. Her repertoire contains, amongst others, pieces by Chopin, Debussy and Scott Joplin.
25th – Elena Fiderio
Elena Fiderio is a Liverpool based third year music student and piano enthusiast. Elena has been playing piano ever since young age and has a genuine passion for music and performing. Her strengths include Jazz, Classical and romantic music but she’s always open to learning and developing new styles and techniques.
26th – Andrew Fisher
Heart-pumping, genre-jumping music from a local seasoned keyboardist/vocalist with a great big songbook spanning music from across the decades, from pop to rock, reggae to jazz, film/TV music to folk and more! Andrew also loves the piano works of Elton John, Billy Joel, Carole King and Joni Mitchell, and always likes to offer a diverse set.
27th – Heidi Blades
A 3rd year Music & History student at Liverpool’s Hope University, originally from Somerset. Heidi’s been playing the piano since she was 5. Classically trained, her musical inspirations are jazz, popular music and soul. Whilst really enjoying movie soundtracks, particularly Hans Zimmer.
28th – Liam Daly
Performing in a variety of styles, Liam’s eclectic music taste has its roots in classical and jazz piano but extends to popular styles and, more specifically, minimalism and electronic genres. Liam is also the bassist of local band Monks; with this, his experience in solo and ensemble performance provides a broad choice of repertoire. He’s also currently studing at Hope University.
29th – Ben Evans
Ben Evans is a committed, versatile musician from Wolverhampton in his final year at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. His musical interests take their cues from Billy Joel and The Beatles, his work ethic from the legend James Brown. His ambition is to see the world and all its wonders.
30th – Jonathan Raisin
Jonathan Raisin is a well known Liverpool composer and musician, appearing everywhere from sweaty bars to the Philharmonic Hall. His music is a blend of classical minimalism and free improvisation with a film music sensibility- ‘all the bewitchment of the sea, a mermaid’s dangerous lullaby that calls you to walk out of your depth into the waves’, The Guardian.
31st – Helen Maw
Helen Maw is singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist from Liverpool. She has been independently releasing her music since 2019 and her songs have been played on radio stations across the globe. She has performed in venues across Liverpool and is very excited to be taking part in the River of Light on the Light Piano 2.0 XL
Pianists scheduled for November –
1st – Niamh Mailer
Niamh Mailer is a session pianist based in Liverpool, currently studying Music at LIPA. She has been playing the piano since the age of seven and specialises in Pop and Classical, also having experience performing with synthesizers live, as well as backing vocals. Niamh is strongly influenced by Ludovico Einaudi compositionally, but also has a strong passion for Soul, Funk, and Musical Theatre.
2nd – Jess Harvey
Jess is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer based in Liverpool. Classically trained on piano as a child, she now performs across a variety of genres. Her performance highlights from 2021 include On The Waterfront’s Cream Classical and Tribfest UK.’ Her recent writing credits include working with top ten best-selling author Kirsty Greenwood, co-writing and arranging music for the release of her latest novel/audiobook ‘He Will Be Mine’.
3rd – Liting Zhu
Liting Zhu is a piano teacher who has been teaching in Liverpool for many years and has a wealth of teaching experience, bringing us the next generation of talent! Liting graduated from Shandong Normal University with a piano major and has been engaged in piano education for more than 20 years. She loves to play various styles of music, but always has a soft spot for classical music. Many of my students have achieved many excellent results in various examinations, and shes proud to help them learn.
4th – Karim Kamar
Karim Kamar is a contemporary classical pianist & composer from London. He has been performing as a solo pianist since 2013 and has built a reputation as an outstanding and unique composer and performer, having played at almost every major music venue in London including: The Jazz Cafe, The Forge, Ronnie Scotts and The Royal Albert Hall.
5th – Karim Kamar
6th – ANN4HO
Liverpool native Anna Ho who adopted her stage name ANN4HO is a classically trained pianist that is partial to playful keyboard/keytar riffs; with a liking for video game music, Japanese electronic music, and pieces by several favourite composers such as Frédéric Chopin, Claude DeBussy, and Joe Hisaishi. She currently resides in Liverpool Hope University to study her third and final year of BA (Hons) Music.
7th – Charlie Carr
Charlie started piano lessons at eight years old, then gained a scholarship to Chetham’s School of Music at fourteen, studing jazz and classical piano alongside GCSE’s and A-levels. Charlue’s been in multiple big bands and loves playing any kind of jazz/pop/soul/funk. Charlie’s favourite thing to do at the piano is just to sit and improvise for ages, playing anything that comes to mind there and then.
As part of the Global Streets Programme.