Message from the Artistic Director

Welcome back to the International ArtePiano Festival & Competition!

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we can announce that the second edition of our festival will take place again in Castelnuovo di Farfa, Italy. It was very gratifying to see most musical events back up and running at full capacity in 2022 after the challenging times that the pandemic imposed on the art sector. The ArtePiano festival is no exception. Our festival week was filled up with individual piano lessons, group master classes, a superb concert series, lectures/talks, student concerts, a piano competition, and well, enjoying the delicious Italian cuisine.

For 2023 we are aiming to build and expand on our experiences to bring you another top-notch festival. Opening night features our faculty of six concert pianists who will be teaching and coaching the students that are attending the festival. They are fellow colleagues Mark Nixon (South Africa), Yuki Negishi (Japan), Roberto Russo (Italy), Liezl-Maret Jacobs (South Africa) and Pavle Krstic (Serbia). For one week, participants will be immersed in the art of piano music and will be inspired and challenged by our teachers. They will be personally mentored as they acquire innovative and creative skills and identify their goals in music.

A selection of outstanding performing artists will join the stage for the week-long concert series. They are Canadian clarinettist Myriam Carrier, South African soprano Erica Eloff, Italian piano duo Giorgia Tomassi and Carlo Maria Griguoli, jazz pianist Phil Merriman, and the 2022 International ArtePiano Competition winner, Ruochong Steven Cui from the United States.  And what can be more exciting and thrilling than closing the festival with the final round of the 3rd International ArtePiano Competition where the audience will hear 6 young, highly gifted and talented pianists who are on top of their game.

It is my hope that you will join us to participate, celebrate, bolster, and become enriched by the wide array of musical festivities at the International ArtePiano Festival this upcoming summer. It is a week that will definitely invigorate the senses!

Niel Du Preez


On behalf of the Stellenbosch University Foundation in collaboration with ArtePiano, We would like to invite you to our Summer Recital on Monday evening the 19th of June @ 7.30pm at the 1901 Arts Club in central London.

Pianist Mark Nixon and Niel du Preez will present a duo and solo piano program which will include works by Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Chopin, as well as a 4-hand arrangement of George Gershwin’s popular Rhapsody in Blue.

Doors opening: 6.30pm
Concert: 7.30pm

Tickets include a complimentary welcome drink and canapés.

If you need more information, then please get in touch.

Hope to see you there!

Buy tickets here


Meet our Pianists

ArtePiano 2022 – Promotional Video



Choose from our New

find out more


Sign up to get the latest news, updates and amazing offers straight to your inbox.