Concerts and master classes

26 July–1 August 2020 at Ollerup Efterskole, Denmark

IPW 2020 cancelled

We are deeply sorry to announce that this year’s International Piano Week at Ollerup has been cancelled, due to the ramifications of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

We understand that this event has been much anticipated by many of you, but the health and safety of our participants and professors has the highest priority for us. In addition, the global travel restrictions as well as the Danish government’s continued ban of large crowds makes it impossible for us to organise the Piano Week in a shape or form that we can stand by.

On a positive note, we can already now confirm that IPW will indeed return in 2021! Dates and professors will be published here. We hope that you will come back to the festival – hopefully at a time, where the coronavirus will be a thing of the past.


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The annual EPTA International Piano Week is a unique event for young pianists and piano teachers, and is a fantastic opportunity for all piano players and piano lovers to experience three world renowned pianists in recitals and master classes.

  • Aleksandra Žvirblytė. Lithuanian pianist. Professor at Lithuanian Academy of Music, Vilnius.
  • Eero Heinonen. Finnish pianist. Professor at Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.
  • Kevin Kenner. American pianist. Professor at Frost School of Music, University of Miami.

Performing participants (ages 14–26) will have individual lessons and free entrance to open master classes, access to practice rooms, as well as concert opportunities at the course. In addition, the course offers a host of events throughout the week, including recitals with the professors, 4/8-hand sessions, lectures and social gatherings.

Non-performing participants (no age limit), piano teachers, students and music lovers can attend the master classes, recitals and all other arrangements, and are welcome to parttake in the 4/8-hand sessions.

EPTA International Piano Week is an inspiring musical gathering, which offers a friendly and supportive environment. The course is held in the beautiful surroundings in country-side Ollerup at the Danish island of Funen, about two hours from Copenhagen. The school has a fine concert hall, as well as well-equipped classrooms and rooms for practising. All bedrooms have a private shower, and the meals are first class.


Rates for performing participants (all inclusive):

  • Double room 5,300 DKK (members of ETPA Denmark 5,000 DKK)
  • Single room (limited availability) 6,300 DKK (members of ETPA Denmark 6,000 DKK)

Rates for non-performing participants (all inclusive):

  • Double room 4,300 DKK, (members of ETPA Denmark 4,000 DKK)
  • Single room (limited availability) 4,700 DKK (members of ETPA Denmark 4,400 DKK)

Rates for shorter stays:

  • Single night with breakfast 400 DKK (one person in single room)
  • Single night with breakfast 700 DKK (two persons in double room)
  • Single meal 70 DKK
  • Evening reception Friday 31 August (following Kevin Kenner’s recital) 100 DKK
  • Auditor for master class (half day) 125 DKK (students 50 DKK)
  • Auditor for master class (whole day) 200  DKK (students 75 DKK)
  • Tickets for one recital 190 DKK (students 80 DKK)
  • Tickets for all three recitals 500 DKK (students 175 DKK)

Application forms are available here, and are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, however no later than 15 April 2020.

For further information, please contact president and artistic leader Dr Balder Neergaard at bn (a) epta.dk.

Aleksandra Zvirblyte

Aleksandra Žvirblytė studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with renowned teachers including Lev Vlasenko, Mikhail Pletnev, Nikolai Suk and Olga Steinberg. She is a prize winner at M. K. Ciurlionis International Piano Competition (Vilnius 1986, 1991), Y.K.A.A. International Piano Competition (Oberlin, USA 1991), and in 1999 she was awarded the Grand Prix at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition (Paris). She has performed as soloist and chamber musician across Europe and has made over 100 recordings for Lithuanian radio. In addition to her performing career she is professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and the National M. K. Ciurlionis Art School.

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Eero Heinonen studied with Dmitry Bashkirov at the Moscow State Conservatory, launching his career with the final round and diploma in the International Tchaikovsky Competition 1974. His repertoire includes the complete Mozart and Beethoven concerti, appearing with orchestras across Europe. Recital venues include the Berwald Hall (Stockholm), St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Casals Hall (Tokyo), Wigmore Hall (London) and many international festivals, recording for BIS, Finlandia and Ondine labels. He has taught at the Sibelius Academy since 1977.

Kevin Kenner

Following studies with Krzysztof Brzuza, Ludwik Stefański, Leon Fleisher and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Kevin Kenner won the top prize at the 1990 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw and third prize at the 1990 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. He has performed with world-class orchestras and leading string quartets, and worked as duo partner with cellist Matt Haimovitz and violinist Kyung Wha Chung. He taught for many years at Royal College of Music (London), followed by a post in Poland, in Kraków. Since 2015 Kenner has been professor at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami.