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Talking Pianos with Trifonov

Can “water practice” along with yoga and stretching enhance performance endurance and pianistic feeling?
The luminous Sarah Willis, French horn player in Berliner Philharmoniker meets with Russian star pianist Daniil Trifonov in Hamburg while he is preparing for a recital. Trifonov is a 21st-century performer through and through. He’s got a presence in social media, he is open and honest about his career and in this video he talks frankly about his process both with selecting pianos and repertoire.


Travel in Time and Meet Sergei Rachmaninoff

In Piano Street’s recent interview with Valentina Lisitsa she told us about the blind test her teacher gave the piano class at the music school in her youth. Three recordings were presented; Richter, Rubinstein and Rachmaninoff. Who was hammering out loud and who was the gentle, delicate player? Here we can hear Rachmaninoff play his own G minor Prelude Op. 23 No. 5. The performance is accompanied by original film footage from Russian archives.

Piano score to download and print:


Mendelssohn, Albéniz and Six More Composers Added to the Audiovisual Study Tool

245 pieces by 8 composers have been added in a recent update of Piano Street’s Audiovisual Study Tool (AST).
Sheet music and hand-picked YouTube, Spotify and Naxos recordings of piano pieces by Albéniz, Alkan, Balakirev, Bartok, Burgmüller, Field, Kuhlau and Mendelssohn are now available one mouse click away, along with the piano music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and others.

Log in for instant access, or read more about the AST here:

The Audiovisual Study Tool (AST) allows you to:

  • Learn piano pieces faster
  • Improve your interpretational skills
  • Broaden your repertoire knowledge
  • Improve your sight reading
  • Effortlessly enjoy the great art of classical piano music

In the new AST version, 1600+ pieces by 19 of the most popular piano composers are included.

When logged in to your Gold membership account, look for the AST icon in the digital sheet music library to instantly open the AST for that piece:


Google Builds One-Tone Piano

In their most recent “Be together – not the same” commercial for Android, Google doesn’t exactly choose the easy way of hammering home their message about the beauty of diversity. The video shows the pianist Ji playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on two different instruments, one normal piano and one that Google modified to have all 88 strings tuned to middle C.

A behind-the-scenes video has also been released, showing the fascination and verve with which the producers of the commercial went about their task:

The piece in the video is the 3rd movement of Beethoven’s Sonata op 27 no 2 (”Moonlight”):


Music Education Expo: 25 & 26 February 2016 in London

Music Education Expo is the one event in the year when thousands of people involved in music education come together to share ideas and celebrate good practice.
Taking place on 25 & 26 February 2016 at London’s Olympia Central, both days of the show will be packed with hours of useful CPD, fun practical workshops, inspiring keynote lectures, high-quality performances and unparalleled networking opportunities.

Delegates will also have the chance to browse hundreds of education products, trying them out before they buy and bagging some exclusive discounts! Piano Street will present new educational material at stand J16 at the exhibition. We hope to see you there!

Piano related sessions include:

Sally CathcartSeven steps to sight-reading success
The Curious Piano Teachers present the seven key principles required for sight-reading success, exploring how the brain processes information, the importance of improvisation, and approaches to notation in the early months of instrumental study. Read more >

Nicholas McCarthyFire-side chat: Nicholas McCarthy
The only left-hand alone pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music and now a Warner Classics artist, Nicholas discusses his career path so far and offers advice to budding young musicians. Read more >

Eric YungPractising scales & monitoring progress with the use of technology
Scales; wouldn’t it be great if there was an app for that? Playnote show how technology can help assess scales practice and suggest improvements. Read more >

Lucinda MackworthPiano by ear: Learn to play, improvise and accompany songs in simple steps
Lucinda Mackworth-Young introduces a range of step-by-step song-based material which shows teachers how to teach pupils to play by ear, improvise and accompany songs.Read more >

Diane WiddisonAll you need to know about building a private teaching practice
The Musicians’ Union’s Diane Widdison and David Barnard discuss how to set up a teaching practice with tips on building a successful business and advice on aspects of the law, tax and insurance.Read more >

Jackie MarsdenThe Digital Piano in Piano Education
Yamaha presents an overview of Digital Piano technology and its practical applications in an education environment. Read more >

Book your free ticket to Music Education Expo 2016 here:


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