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More is More and The Art of Perfection – Master Piano Technician Peter Salisbury Turns a Steinway Into Two
Rumors circulating in the recording industry tell of a famous piano technician who has introduced a new innovation: Turn a Steinway D into two! How could this be possible? Piano Street´s Patrick Jovell decided to go to South Bank Centre in London in... Read more >>
Horowitz´s Master Alfred Cortot Speaks … and Plays…
Pianist Murray Perahia presents highlights of live recordings made during Cortot's 1954-60 Master Classes in Paris, featuring the pianist playing many works he never formally recorded. Read more >>
AST Updated: 700 Piano Pieces Added
The Piano Street Team has been hard at work: 1200 man hours of listening and hand picking the greatest among the many great performers playing the greatest piano music is tough work. But we have persisted. We have not complained. And here we are, now... Read more >>
Valentina Lisitsa – Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Pianist and YouTube phenomenon Valentina Lisitsa is perhaps the most striking example of how the Internet and, more recently, social media has created completely new opportunities for classical artists. 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 >>
A Piano Spectacular for 80 Fingers – $1.6 Million Worth of Piano on Stage
The eight pianists performed new arrangements of classical favourites, including Ravel’s Bolero, Rhapsody in Blue, Percy Grainger’s Merriment, Pictures at an Exhibition, Handel Medley, the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony and a new 80-finger version of... Read more >>
Digital Piano Test with Simone Dinnerstein
Concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein shows you what to look for in a digital piano by putting a handful of models to the test. Read more >>
Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition
Pictures at an Exhibition, one of Modest Mussorgsky’s most famous work, is a set of ten pieces originally composed for the piano. The work is also well known in various arrangements with Ravel’s orchestration being the most recorded and performed. Read more >>
The Four Ballades by Chopin – New Urtext Edition
The Ballade or Ballad was originally a sung poem, recounting a myth or an historical event. The form, with its connotations of simple folkloric authenticity, became popular in literature with the rise of Romanticism; Chopin is usually credited with... Read more >>
Jonathan Biss’ Full Beethoven Sonatas Experience
The American pianist Jonathan Biss is known to audiences throughout the world for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations. He is a firm believer in the possibilities of technology and invites people to take part of his 32... Read more >>
How to Prepare for a Piano Competition – an Interview with Mariam Batsashvili
Soon after the 10th International Franz Liszt Competition Utrecht, Piano Street’s guest writer Alexander Buskermolen spoke to its most recent winner: the Georgian 21 year old pianist Mariam Batsashvili. The main theme for this interview with the... Read more >>
The Future of the Recording Industry: Is There One?
The record label Naxos has gone from budget outsider to industry leader in its 20-plus years of existence. But what does the future hold for any record label at a time when CD sales are plummeting and downloads are stagnant? Read more >>
Valentina Lisitsa on Searching for the Rachmaninoff Affinity
When Valentina Lisitsa came to Stockholm to play Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto, it was a welcome fact not only for all her fans but also for anybody well aware of the enormous challenge this concerto means for any performer. In 2013 Lisitsa... 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 >>
The 2015 Nobel Prize Concert Featured Daniil Trifonov
One of today’s most celebrated conductors, Franz Welser-Möst led the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the Nobel Prize Concert on 8 December. Hear the celebrated pianist Daniil Trifonov play Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. 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 >>
Exciting Time Travels – Exclusive Interview with Ronald Brautigam
Ronald Brautigam talks to Piano Street’s Patrick Jovell about his love and interest in period instruments as well as the modern grand piano. Read more >>
World’s biggest piano helps funding an even bigger piano
The Klavins-Piano Model 370 is a one-of-its-kind instrument. Its soundboard has twice the size of a concert grand of 2,75 m and it weighs 2 tons. In this video you will meet piano maker and experimentalist David Klavins in his workshop in Stuttgart... Read more >>
Master Teacher Wijn is Growing Flowers and Plants
In part one of a three-part special on building a career as a professional pianist, Piano Street’s guest writer Alexander Buskermolen spoke with Holland’s most prominent pedagogue, Professsor Jan Wijn. Read more >>
The New Concept: Scores for All Stages of Learning
On the recent Music Education Expo in London, Piano Street presented a new concept for sheet music publication. Depending on your own level of experience and where you are in the learning process of a particular piece, you may need fingering, pedal... Read more >>
A Classical Affair: An evening with Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry hosted this special event in the Barbican Hall, London, to discuss the role and perceived decline of classical music in today’s society and what can be done to keep its spirit alive. Read more >>
First Woman to Win the Leeds Piano Competition
Russia’s Sofya Gulyak was awarded the 1st prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the Sixteenth Leeds International Piano Competition – the first woman to achieve this distinction in the history of the competition. 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 >>
Classical Music Everywhere – Interview with Simone Dinnerstein
Simone Dinnerstein is trying to boost awareness and appreciation of classical music in both children and adults in places as different as New York City and Havana. See her introduce Bach’s Inventions to a room full of schoolchildren and read about... Read more >>
Top Picks of 2013
We wish all readers a Happy New Year with a list of highly recommended reading – the most popular articles of 2013 from Piano Street’s Classical Piano Blog. Read more >>
Multi-Talented Stephen Hough Enters the Blog Scene
English pianist Stephen Hough has enjoyed a phenomenal recording career with over forty recordings, many of which have won Gramophone and Diapason awards and Time Magazine’s Classical CD of the Year. Read his blog at blog at Telegraph. Read more >>
Enter a World of Musical Sculptures
Music visualization, as a tool for multisensory learning, often occurs in pedagogical discussions. Piano Street got the chance to talk to audio visual artist Andy Fillebrown about his Musical Sculptures. Read more >>
New Sheet Music and Recordings: Brahms – Two Intermezzi
Two of Johannes Brahms’ most popular late piano pieces are now available as Urtext scores and recordings from Piano Street’s sheet music library. Read more >>
Watch Live Stream Now: Piano Recital with Juliana Steinbach
Welcome to watch the live broadcast of the recital with pianist Juliana Steinbach at the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm starting today, May 11, at 17.00 GMT. Read more >>
The Car Industry Promotes the Idea of Piano
Volkswagen in Stockholm, Sweden, have created a campaign website featuring several videos, all dedicated to the idea that happiness is the easiest way to get people to change. The Piano staircase resulted in a 66% increase in people taking the stairs... Read more >>
Gould’s Favourite Piece but not his Favourite Piano
Neither of the two Gould recordings of J.S. Bach´s Goldberg Variations (1955 and 1981) were made on Gould´s favourite instrument. The Aria is played here on a Yamaha grand, shortly before Gould´s death in October 1982. Read more >>
How Can Modern Technology Contribute to a Great Piano Performance?
Why haven’t there been any fundamental changes of grand piano design since the 1870s? Some claim it is because manufacturers are afraid of getting beaten up in the marketplace if their pianos are seen as being “experimental”. Others say that... Read more >>
Another Sensational Release by Arcadi Volodos
Pianist Arcadi Volodos has been celebrated as a wizard at the keyboard since his 1997 debut recording. His new CD, “Live in Vienna,” on SONY BMG EUROPE, features his virtuosity as a pianist and his skilled story narration and sense of timing. Read more >>
The Battle Between “Il penseroso” and “The Old Arpeggio”
Before the time of television and the internet, live music performances were a primary form of entertainment. Performances were held in private homes, as well as concert halls. Many rivalries formed among pianists and composers. This created a unique... Read more >>
Lang Lang “Live in Vienna” Released in Multiple Formats
Recorded and filmed live in Vienna’s legendary Musikverein concert hall, the Sony Classical debut is available on August 24 in multiple formats including vinyl and 3D video. This release represents Lang Lang’s second live recorded recital to date... 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 >>

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