The 30th Festival Rarities of piano music

will be held on 19st-27th of August 2016.

More information on the programme you will find here from mid of march 2016 on

In the north of Germany, near the Danish border in the North Frisian district capital of Husum, is a piano festival held every year since 1987. It is dedicated solely to the most seldom-played works of the piano repertoire. The “Rarities of Piano Music” Festival has quickly made its way from insider’s tip to a renowned festival among the connaisseurs and exercises a nearly magical draw on those who attend.


New: The festival book!

“Beyond the mainstream”

The book “Beyond the mainstream” spotlights the piano festival from various perspectives, with festival creator and artistic director Peter Froundjian as well as music journalists, longtime festival attendees, pianist Marc-André Hamelin and Copenhagen CD producer Jesper Buhl narrating their most spectacular and personal concert and festival experiences. Rounding off the book is a transcription of the highly original and descriptive 1987 lecture given at the very first festival by Berlin music critic Walther Kaempfer (1899-1991) of his experiences listening to numerous legendary pianists in concert, the majority of them heralding from the studios of Liszt and Leschetizky.

A large number of the works performed at the “Rarities of Piano Music” Festival are available on the annual live CD recording of the festival. An overview of the recorded works can be found in the supplement.

Editors: Johanna Jürgensen and Peter Froundjian, Nordfriesland Foundation

232 pages, STACCATO-Verlag, Düsseldorf, ISBN 978-3-932976-46-9, 22,80 €



Exhibition „Faszination Klavierwelten- Beyond the mainstream“ with audio samples

The exhibition was firstly presented in August 2015 at the festival „Rarities of Piano music“. The idea for this exhibition, dedicated to the fascinating world of the piano beyond the mainstream, originated in the observation and experience of piano connoisseurs and enthusiasts that the concert repertoire of many – also young – pianists remains narrow and almost set.
The exhibtion´s website presents additional material, like audio samples and suggested literature, as well as English versions of the exhibition´s texts.

Information you will find on www.faszination-klavierwelten.de