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The Piano Battle, Germany
 

“The comedy-classical combat show of the affable German pair Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis returns after a successful debut… It’s serious Classical music in a whole new context - and you decide the winner.”

——Time Out

“The intensity and music heats up with every round.”

——HK Magazine

“Tongue-in-cheek showdown over five rounds, great show!”

——Sunday Morning Post

Two piano geniuses onstage playing beautiful classical music and competing with each other; the concert hall is packed full, the audience is laughing, applauding and raising their voting cards to vote for one of the pianists. Everyone is involved; everyone is excited…

Welcome to the Piano Battle, a unique classical concert that promises to please both the ear and the eye!

The brainchild of internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, the Piano Battle sees the duo go head to head on stage performing a variety of classical pieces. But there is more to the show than fine music - armed with a sense of humor, the pair also invites everyone in the audience to vote on their performance in each individual round, and eventually decide who the winner is.

Part serious classical recital, part tongue-in-cheek performance by two charismatic musicians, the Piano Battle is an original concert like no others - and that is why it sells out wherever it goes!

What is the Piano Battle all about?
• A sold-out classical concert by two classical pianists - one dressed in white suit and the other in black - performing and competing with each other in individual rounds
• In each round, the two pianists perform certain classical pieces that demonstrate a certain style of music
• An improvisation round in which members of the audience can spontaneously name particular tunes for the pianists to improvise on
• At the end of each round, audience is to vote for the pianist they think should win the round, and eventually decide who wins the battle
• The Piano Battle is grounded on the belief that a classical music event does not have to be serious and sombre, but can be fun and interesting without losing its depth and beauty. So unlike the typical classical concert where the musicians has little interaction with the audience, the Piano Battle engages all members of the audience to make them part of the show

How does the voting work?
• Each member of the audience is given a voting card, which is white on one side and black on the other
• Several members of the audience are invited to be the referees
• At the end of each round, they vote for one of the pianists with the voting card, with the white side facing the referees onstage if one votes for Andreas, and the black side if one votes for Paul
• The referees will judge which pianists get more votes

Andreas Kern
Andreas Kern is an accomplished pianist with several national and international accolades under his belt. He has given recitals in Germany, South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan and India. Keen to present classical music in unconventional ways, he has created and co-hosts the widely successful Arte Lounge for the French-German TV channel Arte. He has also been appointed artistic director of music festivals in Germany and South Africa.

Paul Cibis
Educated in Hanover, Berlin and London, Paul Cibis has performed on all five continents and established an international presence. He has been invited to international festivals and appeared in radio and TV programmes in the UK, Germany, Hong Kong, China, Australia and New Zealand. A committed pedagogue, he has taught at Trinity College of Music in London, and gives master classes in South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

 

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