About the Festival

The Event

We are thrilled to present the 2018 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 Saturday 27 October and Wednesday 14 November 2018.

In this, the fourth year of the Festival, we welcome piano virtuoso Steven Osborne, baritone James Newby and pianist Jospeh Middleton, Professor Kenneth Hamilton, and Simon Trpčeski's Makedonissimo: Music from Macedonia. We also present our Silent Film Night - Nosferatu with organ improvisation.


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