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Recent Articles & News
New Chopin Photo Found!
The Swiss physicist and Chopin connoisseur Alain Kohler, already known for discovering in a private German home a Pleyel piano that once belonged to Frédéric Chopin, has made another sensational find. Kohler, together with Gilles Bencimon of Radio France Internationale, recently announced that they have unearthed a new, previously unknown photograph of Chopin. Read more...
International Piano – Jan/Feb issue is out
In the January-February 2017 issue French superstar pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet brings erudition, insight and boundless energy to his complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas. Jeremy Nicholas can’t help but finding himself bowled over by the Gallic charm and boundless enthusiasm of this unique and stimulating talent. Read more...
Congratulations Maurizio Pollini 75!
On January 5th the Italian pianist celebrated his 75th birthday. Piano Street congratulates one of the great pianists of our time and shares a lovely filmed portrait on his life. Read more...
Top Picks of 2016
We wish you a Happy New Year with a list of highly recommended reading from Piano Street’s Classical Piano Blog. These are the 10 most read, discussed or shared articles of 2016. Read more...
The Audiovisual Study Tool (AST) Updated
In a significant improvement of Piano Street’s Audiovisual Study Tool (AST), Naxos Music Library is now fully integrated allowing users to conveniently stream recordings without logging in separately to a Naxos Music Library account. Read more...
Take your seat: New Year’s Eve Celebration in the Berlin Philharmonie – LIVE STREAM
Before the champagne corks pop to celebrate the turn of the year 2016/2017, you can experience first-class virtuosic piano playing when Daniil Trifonov steps up to the podium at the New Year’s Eve concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Thanks to a continuous collaboration with the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall, all Piano Street members enjoy free access for 7 days to the Digital Concert Hall. Read more...
Piano Music to Cleanse the Soul – Pietro De Maria on Bach’s 48
At the Cremona Mondomusica Piano Experience in October, the Italian pianist Pietro De Maria performed selected preludes and fugues from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (WTC), as part of the exhibition’s Decca/Deutsche Grammophon showcase series. After the concert, Piano Street’s David Wärn had the chance to talk to De Maria about the challenges pianists face when tackling Bach’s legendary “forty-eight”. Read more...
Trifonov Live in Carnegie Hall
Hear Trifonovs captivating recital at Carnegie Hall as of December 7th in works by Schumann, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and encores by Medtner.
The music on this program requires poetry and passion that only a master pianist can deliver. “Daniil Trifonov’s playing has it all … he leaves you struggling for superlatives,” said The Guardian. Read more...
Piano News Flash
Jan Lisiecki and Life On Stage
'To give everything from yourself, every time you go is one of the bigger challenges that we face. It's not just about practising and playing the same way, that's not what the audience has come for'. Read more at calgaryherald.com
Nontraditional Trifonov
At different turns, the Russian wunderkind is scintillating and exasperating. He has such monumental technique that the things that come easily to him often seem only to be an afterthought. Still, Trifonov usually arrives on stage in an unassuming, almost bashful manner before whisking us away on his personal performance journey. Read more at newyorker.com
Maurizio Pollini in Conversation
It's easy to be Romantic at the keyboard and paint emotions with everything from broad, multioctave strokes to tiny trills. It's also fairly easy to mold one's technique into a cube of perfectionism. It's not easy to combine the two, but that's what a performer must do when tackling Chopin. Read more at steinway.com
Forget MMA
Dozens of pianists from all over the world descend on Texas to do musical battle in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The struggle between pianists is almost like a cage match in intensity. This time, there is a large Canadian contingent at the quadrennial competition. It remains to be seen if their 'niceness' will be affected by the strain of pianistic combat. Read more at vancouversun.com
Revisiting Grieg
It's among the most recognizable of concertos. When you hear that timpani roll, you just know it's the Grieg. Boris Giltburg, however, considers Grieg's one piano concerto to be much more than that. He sees an interwoven collection of phrases, themes, and variations that require exquisite touch and articulation. Read more at classical-music.com
British Tolerance
In the world of classical music, most performers are expected to conform. Mozart is played a certain way, for example, and to do otherwise is to 'break the rules'. In Britain, however, Mitsuko Uchida has found an audience that appreciates her differences from 'the norm' and encourages her. Read more at telegraph.co.uk
Playing by Accessing One's Complete Self
In his new book, 'The Mindful Pianist', Mark Tanner explores the connection between one's physical and mental selves. He maintains that players can, by being alert and focused, can increase their physical capabilities through mental acuity. Read more at pianodao.com
A Musician's Reinvention of Self
Florida International Toy Piano Festival: Elizabeth Baker calls herself a 'New Renaissance Artist'. Through this naming, she seeks to cast herself as someone outside the traditional realm of composer or artist. Read more at icareifyoulisten.com
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New pieces added to the line of Instructive Editions.

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