THE final day of this year's Machynlleth Festival plays host to Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov who, despite his youth, has already been deemed a "poet of the keyboard" by reviewers.

Since becoming Prize Laureate of the Honens International Piano Competition in 2012, Kolesnikov has performed all around the world, his intelligent programming and outstanding pianism thrilling audiences internationally.

Kolesnikov’s recordings have earned worldwide critical acclaim, with his current disc of the Chopin Mazurkas, released on the Hyperion label, winning a Diapason D’Or Award.

Making his Machynlleth Festival debut this year, Kolesnikov will play a programme of works by Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann, Bartok and Debussy, at 1pm on Sunday, August 25.

After the Cook’s Tours talk on 'Setting Shakespeare to Music', at 6.15pm, the festival will close with 'The Theatre of the Ayre - A Shakespeare Miscellany' featuring settings of music and songs from the plays performed by counter tenor Robin Blaze with Elizabeth Kenny on lute and theorbo, and readings by Simon Robson.

Details and tickets are available from the box office on 01654 703355 or the website at