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The Fluid Piano – The world’s first multi-cultural Acoustic Piano
British composer Geoff Smith has invented a new instrument – The Fluid Piano – an acoustic piano which enables musicians to alter each note individually and separately by precise microtonal intervals per note before or during performance. Read more >>
Can you figure out these Piano Puzzles?
Composer and pianist Bruce Adolphe takes a familiar tune – a popular song, a children’s tune, a Broadway hit or something from the classical repertoire – and rewrites it in the style of a classical composer, often using direct quotes from famous... Read more >>
The Music’s Secret Language
Ever wonder why a certain classical piece evokes a consistent emotional response? ... Read more >>
A Bösendorfer Grand by Porsche?
In close co-operation with the world-famous Porsche Design company, Bösendorfer has created a contemporary approach to grand piano design. Read more >>
Traditional Music Engraving - A Course in Magic
G. Henle Publishers employ a variety of techniques in producing their beautiful scores, including software programs like Sibelius. But very few people know just how involved the art of music engraving was in the days before modern music printing... Read more >>
Rise and Shine
With hot summer sun, flowers and bumblebees showing up, let’s enjoy an inspirational clip from the Oscar award-winning film “Shine“. Arguably, this scene shines the brightest of them all. Read more >>
Moonlight Trapped in the Sonata Form?
How can we explain the immense popularity of the sonata for over two hundred years? What makes it so satisfying, so complete? ... Read more >>
Borgato – Italian Innovative Excellence Inspired by the Past
Luigi Borgato, born in 1963, designs and builds concert-grand pianos together with his wife Paola Bianchi, which are of innovative conception and highly regarded by well-known international pianists. The “DOPPIO BORGATO” is the first modern double... Read more >>
The Bigger Picture: A Personal Perspective on Practicing Routines
In the third and final part of the series on building a career as a professional pianist, Alexander Buskermolen gives a personal perspective on practicing routines at the piano with practising tips by Dutch pedagogue Jan Wijn. Read more >>
Up in the Air – Atkinson performs Beethoven
This is a lovely performance on an invisible piano by comedy genius Rowan Atkinson (also known as Mr. Bean). The air piano act include two Beethoven sonatas: the first movement from the Pathétique Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op.13 and the third movement... Read more >>
An Evening with Friedrich Gulda at the Keyboards
In a live recording from the Amerikahaus, Munich, Friedrich Gulda reveals the versatility of his keyboard playing by performing the old master's as well as his own compositions on both clavichord and piano.. Read more >>
Congratulations Mr. Graffman!
In a musical career that has spanned seven of those 8 1/2 decades, Gary Graffman has experienced everything from entering the prestigious Curtis Institute at the age of seven, the accidental, self-inflicted destruction of his right hand’s dexterity... Read more >>
Chopin Piano Competition 2010 – Repertoire List, Scores and Videos
One of the highlights of Chopin’s 200th anniversary has been the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Listen to the 809 performances of Chopin pieces while following along in the scores! Read more >>
Sigismond Thalberg’s 200th Anniversary
The recent anniversaries of Chopin and Schumann in 2010 and Franz Liszt in 2011 inspire us to once again travel back in time and set focus on another tremendously important, yet almost forgotten virtuoso pianist from this golden era of pianism:... Read more >>
Piano Humour: A Victor Borge Tribute
“And now, in honour of the 150th anniversary of Beethoven’s death, I would like to play Clear the Saloon, er, Clair de Lune, by Debussy. I don’t play Beethoven so well, but I play Debussy very badly, and Beethoven would have liked that.” Read more >>
Piano Played by Mozart Discovered in Germany
An early piano believed to have been played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has surfaced in Germany and could be worth millions of euros, a radio station reported. Read more >>
New Sheet Music: Liszt – Transcriptions of Songs by Schubert
Transcriptions and paraphrases played an important part in shaping Liszt’s role as leading musical figure of his generation. Seven transcriptions of songs by Franz Schubert has been added to the sheet music library. Read more >>
Two New Mozart Piano Pieces Discovered
The International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg has announced it has discovered two previously unknown compositions written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They will be performed by clavichordist Florian Birsak on Mozart’s own fortepiano at the... Read more >>
New Piano Piece by Brahms Discovered in $158,500 Album - Free Piano Score
A piano score of the recently discovered piano piece by Johannes Brahms, Albumblatt in A minor, has been published in an Urtext edition.
Download, print and play! Read more >>
Yuja Wang at Verbier Festival 2013
In this 3 minute interview Yuja Wang tells us, among other things, the secret of her harmony between fingers and spirit. Read more >>
Piano Technique – the Leschetizky Method
This legendary manual in both English and German documents principles and techniques of the legendary piano teacher Theodor Leschetizky, who taught Paderewski, Schnabel and many other great pianists. Read more >>
Super Mario Piano Scores – The Czerny Studies of Our Time?
Are there any pianists out there who have never played studies by Czerny as part of their training? Probably not many. But why not practice video game music in order to develop a more contemporary piano technique? Read more >>
Volodos in Vienna
“You can keep your Lang Langs, your Yuja Wangs, your Evgeny Kissins… I’d swap their collective virtuosity for one evening of Arcadi Volodos’s consummate pianism. To my mind, he has produced nothing finer on disc than this live recital, captured in... Read more >>
Breaking News: Mysterious Mozart Cadenza Identified!
During his current work recording piano music by the Italian composer Andrea Luchesi — a contemporary of W. A. Mozart — pianist Roberto Plano made a most unusual and rare discovery. Read more >>
Pianist Gloria Cheng Wins Grammy
Gloria Cheng, recent Grammy winner of the Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra) for “Piano Music of Salonen, Stucky and Lutoslawski” talks to Patrick Jovell, Piano Street (proud UCLA alum.). Read more >>
New Bach Recordings – Two Preludes and Fugues
A new instalment of two Preludes and Fugues from Bach’s WTC I, performed by Martin Sturfält, has been published; the joyous and energetic C-sharp major set (which must surely be one of the most difficult to read on account of the extreme choice of... Read more >>
The Sweet and Not So Sweet Sound of Music
Our modern ears are now used to equal temperament, and, despite the impurities in its intervals, now prefer its sound over any other temperament. Researchers at the University of Minnesota wanted to delve more into this and studied 250 students at... Read more >>
Live Streamed Piano Recital with Murray McLachlan
A new piano recital series has been launched in Stockholm this fall. The first recital, with pianist Peter Jablonski took place on September 15 and today, you can hear British pianist Murray McLachlan play live from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Read more >>
New Piano Piece by Mozart!
A previously unknown piece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was performed for the first time on Friday, March 23. It was found in a 160 page handwritten notebook, thought to be written by Mozart’s father, in an attic in Tyrol, Austria. Read more >>
Piano As Art – The Art of Transforming Pianos
Broken strings and missing keys have made an appearance on the art scene as part of the Piano As Art Exhibition. A collaboration of two talented artists, Penny Putnam and Shauna Holiman, the exhibition features art created from bits and pieces of... Read more >>
Franz Liszt - 200th Anniversary
Today, October 22 2011, marks the 200th birthday of Franz Liszt, the greatest piano virtuoso of his time, inventor of the modern piano recital and one of the most influential composers of the 19th century. Piano Street here presents a collection of... Read more >>
Imagine: Being a Concert Pianist
The documentary “Imagine: Being a Concert Pianist” gets under the lid of this extreme form of musicianship. Celebrated pianists, including Yevgeny Kissin, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Lang Lang, talk intimately about their lives, their work and their... Read more >>
Dudley Moore – Beethoven?
This clip is from the 1950’s-60s British comedy group “Beyond the Fringe. Dudley Moore plays a very funny but also musically ambitious parody of a Beethoven piano sonata based on very odd yet well-known thematic material. Read more >>
New Recordings: Schubert – Six Moments Musicaux op 94
The Moments Musicaux were published only a few months before Schubert’s death in 1828. Most of them were composed during 1827 or 1828, with the exception of Nos. 3 and 6, dating from 1823 and 1824 respectively. Read more >>
Joining the Dots – New Sight Reading Material
ABRSM presents a new book series for students. Joining the Dots offers pianists lots of material to help build confidence and skill in sight-reading. Read more >>
Prokofiev: Sarcasms and Visions Fugitives
The Visions Fugitives, Sarcasms and Prokofiev’s own piano transcriptions of the March and Scherzo from his opera “The Love for Three Oranges” opus 33 have now been added to Piano Street’s sheet music library. Read more >>

Piano Street's Classical Piano Blog contains over 300 posts. This page displays a random selection of 36 posts. Refresh the page for a new random selection.