Piano Day 2024

Sofia Ilyas, Founder of FLOAT is set to celebrate World Piano Day on March 28th at The National Gallery.  

Artists performing will be Arthur Jeffes of Penguin Cafe, pianist and composer Belle Chen, multi-instrumentalist-singer-songwriter Tawiah, contemporary classical pianist  Karim Kamar will be joined with electronic artist Frank Hopkins, composer Narotam Horn and a special performance by pioneer of Afrorave Toya Delazy alongside contemporary dancer Fukiko Takase of Neon Dance.

“It’s a privilege to curate Piano Day again at The National Gallery. My focus is on assembling an eclectic and diverse lineup of artists, each delivering a unique performance to celebrate the exceptional talent present in London. Expect a mix of vocals, ambient sounds, and dance against the backdrop of the piano.” – Sofia Ilyas

Karim  Kamar will also be releasing his new album ‘The Heart is An Empty Vessel’ on Piano Day to coincide with his performance at the Gallery.


Toya Delazy at Mainyard Studio

Piano Day, from 12 pm to 5 pm, is a free-to-attend event where some of London's most exciting artists will present specially crafted performances, offering a glimpse into the city's dynamic, creative, and diverse spirit.


Under Ilyas’s curation, past Piano Day events by FLOAT have showcased an innovative spirit by intertwining the piano with dance, grime, beatboxing, and various other art forms.

Held on the 88th day of the year in celebration of and in reference to the 88 keys on a standard piano, recent Piano Day live concerts and online events have been held at global locations

Piano Day was conceived in 2015 at the behest of German classical and electronic composer Nils Frahm and his team, including Sofia Ilyas, to celebrate the instrument’s centuries-old history and encourage others to participate in various piano-related projects.

“If I could be proud of something, then it’s being responsible for an annual celebration of the piano.” – Nils Frahm