Steinway 2-Piano Festival 2022

Maria Chiara Argiro & Bruno Heinen / Liam Noble & Elliot Galvin

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Last Show: Tuesday 15 th March 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

During the Steinway 2-Piano Festival, we have the pleasure to present a double-bill show that features 4 of the most highly esteemed pianists from the London jazz scene. This is a rare opportunity to hear two piano duos in an intimate setting, with a second grand piano being provided by the legendary Steinway & Sons. For the first set, two of the most exciting young jazz pianists on the scene, Maria Chiara Argiro and Bruno Heinen collaborate, bringing together influences from European folk and classical music, their styles reconciling the intellectual with the emotional. For the second set, the rebelliously inventive Liam Noble will partner up with pianist’s pianist Elliot Galvin to create something genuinely new. Both highly skilled as well greatly sympathetic musicians, this promises to be a very special encounter.

"A virtuosic, risk embracing one-off"

The Guardian


"A significant new voice in creative music" - Downbeat 

Roman born - London based pianist and composer Maria Chiara Argiro is known for her original project Maria Chiara Argiro Group as well as featuring in many other projects such as Liran Donin’s 1000 Boats, These New Puritans and Heritage Orchestra. Her debut album The Fall Dance was released by Odradek Records in November  2016 and was followed by two London sold-out shows at PizzaExpress and The Vortex, and a 2017 UK tour with the support of the Arts Council England. In 2019 she released her second album Hidden Seas, which has been critically acclaimed both by the press and the audience.

During her career, Argiro has developed her own style of jazz with a twist of contemporary genres inspired by her numerous tours with bands such as These New Puritans and drawing on a wide variety of influences including Radiohead, Shai Maestro, Tigran Hamasyan, Kneebody, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Bjork, Jon Hopkins, Shostakovich and Scriabin. 


"Eclectic, eccentric, unobtrusively erudite" - John Fordham

London based pianist, composer and contemporary improviser Bruno Heinen had released eight albums under his own name with different formations, from  He has also worked with artists such as Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint and Julian Arguelles amongst others.

He was taught by the late John Taylor and Pete Saberton, and has just completed an AHRC-funded practice-based PhD at the RNCM with the title 'Counterpoint in jazz piano with specific relation to the solo work of Fred Hersch'.

As a composer, Bruno has written for groups ranging from sextet to two piano’s and percussion (for a project with Pete Saberton), and from big band to classical string ensemble (for a commission in 2017 from the Camerata Alma Viva). In 2009, Bruno was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Composers Award.


"his subtle musical intelligence and breadth of sympathy make him such a versatile creative presence in contemporary UK jazz." - London Jazz News 

After studying music at Oxford University, and jazz at the Guildhall in London, pianist and composer Liam Noble started to build a reputation of note playing with Stan Sulzmann, Anita Wardell, John Stevens and Harry Beckett. His first CD, a solo entitled “Close Your Eyes” was released in 1994, and contained a mix of standards, originals and improvisations. This mixture of approaches has characterized his music ever since.

His latest album The Long Game (Edition Records 2019) sees Liam Noble exploring new territories in his own unique musical world. Working with long term collaborators Tom Herbert and Seb Rochford, Liam has created music that’s a marriage of opposites.

Elliot Galvin

Elliot Galvin is one of the rising stars of UK jazz. A superbly gifted composer and pianist, whose maverick imagination and magpie like ability to blend a disparate world of influences into his own unique musical vision has seen him compared to Django Bates although in truth he sounds like no one except himself. 

Elliot is a prolific composer and has been comissioned by a number of Ensembles, Dance Companies, Theatre Groups and Festivals including the London Sinfonietta, Ligeti String Quartet, St. John Smith’s Square, The London Jazz festival, The RESOLUTION! Dance Festival at The Place and the Theatre Company Cut Tongues. He works regularly with multi-media and in 2014 put on a multi-media installation piece at the Turner Contemporary Gallery, which consisted of live performance, interactive sound sculptures and film.

He performs regularly as a soloist, recently releasing the entirely improvised album 'Live in Paris at Fondation Louis Vuitton' and is a key member of the Mercury nominated Band Dinosaur. He has recently began a duo project with the renowned saxophonist Binker Golding (one half of Binker and Moses), with whom he released the critically acclaimed album EX Nihilio on Byrd Out records in February 2019.