STARS Piano Battle


Recommended for grades 4-8

The black and the white are ready to fight. Two piano champions on stage; one in black, the other in white. They perform, compete, and shine; the concert hall packed full of people, applauding, clapping, and raising their hands …Welcome to the PIANO BATTLE!!

The brainchild of internationally accomplished 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 pieces. The two artists, with distinctly different performance styles, take turns to perform pieces by composers such as Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. They will even improvise based on the tunes you request.


Music education permeates everything we do. Our particular focus is on increasing appreciation of the classics in younger audiences, helping them understand their musical heritage and showing them the beauty and intrinsic value of the classics also in today’s world. PIANO BATTLE aims to entertain, excite, and thrill young audiences with diverse musical backgrounds and to show them the joys of classical music. 

BATTLE tears down the fourth wall between the stage and the crowd, letting the students become part of the battle, giving them the opportunity to really engage in classical music. As with all our shows, it is in their hands who will be the first to cross the finish line! They will be given the opportunity to form opinions on the different pieces and the various ways in which we present them. Those opinions will be shared during the voting proceedure and also discussed during the Q&A session. 

It is our hope that students leave our program encouraged to expand on the knowledge and ideas we provided.

If you are interested in signing up a school group, please use the request form HERE.  All booking requests, contact


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The STARS  series is underwritten by Pat and Pete Frechette and supported in part by funding from United Way of Eagle River Valley.  Additional support provided by Anonymous, Eagle Valley Community Fund, Susan & Harry Frampton, the Forrest & Frances Lattner Foundation, The Precourt Foundation, Ann Smead & Michael Byram, the Vilar Guild and the Soros Charitable Fund.