Kent International Pianoforte Courses

Photo of Noriko Ogawa
Noriko Ogawa by Satoru Mitsuta

Proudly present a series of classes, performances, prizes, a masterclass and a finale concert in the historic setting of Tonbridge School over three days during the Lent half-term break. Find out more about KIPC...

22-24 February 2019. Tonbridge, Kent

World class teaching. Inspiring location

Supported by Steinway & Sons

Final details for KIPC 2019

Courses director Mary Methuen and the entire, expanded tutorial team are looking forward to meeting all the participants and their families this week. Please check your email to see the Welcome Letter and Consent Form, which should arrive Sunday. We would also appreciate it if you could send us your list of repertoire via the Register button above.

On Friday registration will start at Tunbridge School Music Department from 8:30. See you there!

Public Concerts

All the KIPC concerts will take place in the Recital Room at Tunbridge School Music Department. Tickets may be purchased at the door.


Saturday lunchtime informal concert, 1:15pm.

Tickets £2


Saturday 6pm, featuring a short performance by Ji Liu

Tickets £5/£3


Sunday 6pm, featuring a short performance by Noriko Ogawa

Tickets £10/£5

Ji Liu returns

Remarkable internationally acclaimed pianist, recordings artist and star of Classic FM Ji Liu has been appointed as KIPC Head of Performance and will join the courses for all three days. Ji has made several highly respected recordings and has won many international competitions. 

Ji will perform during the Saturday night concert, which will be in the Recital Room at Tonbridge School Music Department and begins at 6pm. Programme:

Schubert Impromptu in B flat D.960

Liu Etude No. 1

Recital Prize Concert Pilsdon Barn Frederick Hand and Alex Robson

Friday 9th November, 7:30pm

East Malling Research Station Music Club

Pilsdon Barn, West Malling, ME19 6HH


Frederick Hand


Beethoven - Waldstein Sonata

Chopin - Scherzo No. 4


Alex Robson


Beethoven - Sonata No 26, "Les Adieux"

Debussy - Images

Prokofiev - Sonata No. 3


Mary Methuen has very kindly allowed us to use her Steinway Grand Piano


Tickets £12 at the door. Under 25 free!

More info from 01732 843129

Concerto Prize Concert

London Mozart Players, conductor Hilary Davan Wetton. Featuring 2018 Concerto Prize Winner Jinah Shim


Jinah Shim's concert with the London Mozart Players was a musical highlight of the year for all those that attended. The orchestra, and their Associate Conductor Hilary Davan Wetton, were on sparkling form and Jinah's big, warm sound filled the hall at Tonbridge School. The trumpet soloist Paul Archibald played impeccably and the orchestra were clearly keen to support Jinah.


Please look out for more details of the Recital Prize Concert coming soon, featuring Freddie Hand and Alex Robson.

Booking now closed for 2019

If you have either the Registration Fee or Course Fee outstanding, please click on the Register button above to pay now.


Observation Tickets are available on the door at £10 per day.

Noriko Ogawa to give Celebrity Masterclass at KIPC 2019

Photo of Noriko Ogawa
Noriko Ogawa by Satoru Mitsuta

Following the masterclass on Sunday Noriko Ogawa will give a short performance of works by Chopin during the Final Concert, which begins at 6pm:

Grande Valse Brillante in E flat major, Op. 18

Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante Op. 22

Tickets will be available at the door for the public and family members and supporters. 

Why attend?

If you are a keen pianist of any standard wishing to share learning, informal and formal performances, small group classes and a festival, then you will enjoy the courses.


If you are a conservatoire student there are opportunities to win recital and concerto prizes, as well as take part in masterclasses with leading pianists.


After more than 25 successful years, most participants return the next year; the youngest enjoy the fun of the occasion; the most experienced the skilled tuition, the expert masterclasses and the further opportunities offered.


Class prizes

Concerto Prize with London Mozart Players

Recital Prizes including recital engagements


Our courses cater for any age and are offered in these categories:


Intermediate for pianists ABRSM grades 1 to 5

Senior for grades 6 to 8

Advanced for those beyond Grade 8


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Kent International Piano Courses is a not for profit organisation

Director: Mary Methuen