The brainchild of internationally acclaimed pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, the PIANO BATTLE sees the duo go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces. Schubert vs. Chopin, Back vs. White. Who will be first to cross the finishing line? Only the audience will decide! Part serious classical recital, part tongue-in-cheek performance by two classy pianists, the PIANO BATTLE is a unique concert that is truly innovative, humorous, interactive and accessible: Democratising Classical Music!

Originally created for the Hong Kong City Festival, PIANO BATTLE has been performed at prestigious festivals and numerous concert halls in Asia, Europe and North America. During the last years, Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis have expanded their concept and created three shows:

PIANO BATTLE – Andreas vs. Paul



Who is the “better” pianist? That is the question. The original version of the PIANO BATTLE concert show focuses on the two combatants with their distinctly different styles and performance techniques. The repertoire ranges from Schubert and Chopin to Scriabin and Ligeti. The two artists will even go so far as to spontaneously improvise on the tunes requested by the audience. After each round, all members of the audience are invited to vote on the pianists‘ performances and will eventually crown the winner. But this might not be the limit of your participation… Highly entertaining, and pleasing both the ear and eye: the original PIANO BATTLE – Andreas vs. Paul. You want to know more? Click HERE.

The competition between the two pianists Andreas Kern an Paul Cibis seemingly comes to an end as both feel the need to express themselves in a solo show on TV. But Caution! This is still PIANO BATTLE, and decisions are only made by the audience: Whom do they want to see in a solo show? Who is more suited to present classical music on TV? In this true sequel, the two protagonists lead the audience through various approaches and ideas of how to present classical music on TV, all presented with charming irony and lots of good music: Chopin vs. Beethoven, Mozart vs. Rachmaninoff, Adele vs. Michael Bublé. In Ready for TV the battle continues, but one winner is clear from the start: the audience! Click HERE for details.

The newest edition of PIANO BATTLE shows the pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis make an orchestra part of their battle. The various instrumental groups of the orchestra become the “weapons” which will be chosen and added to the scene with round. At some point the two protagonist even try to conduct the band, which has to fail – and so both the orchestra and the audience welcome the conductor on stage. As much as the orchestra is actively involved, the verdict of the battle will still be spoken by the audience. Rachmaninov vs. Chopin, Mozart vs. Wagner, Rossini vs. Beethoven, and the grand finale makes a Star Wars concerto: It’s entertaining, educational and still serious music making – when PIANO BATTLE meets ORCHESTRA. Curious? Then click HERE:

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