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Christmas Music for Piano: Jeffrey Biegel Plays Sleigh Ride
Are you tired of choirs singing carols? If so, get into Christmas mode with some solo piano instead. Enjoy Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride performed by American pianist Jeffrey Biegel. Read more >>
Wilhelm Backhaus – Technical Problems Discussed
The legendary German pianist Wilhelm Backhaus (1884-1969) shares his thoughts on piano technique in an interview with Hariette Browner, published in her book Piano Mastery (1915) Read more >>
Bach - Transcriptions of Baroque Concertos
During his Weimar period, Johann Sebastian Bach composed a wealth of works. Among them are the 22 solo keyboard transcriptions of concertos by his Italian and German contemporaries: six for organ (BWV 592–596) and 16 for single-manual keyboard (BWV... 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 >>
Why is Debussy’s Clair de lune the most downloaded piece?
A challenge for both the intermediate pianist and the professional, Debussy’s Clair de lune seems to contain specific qualities which both instrumentalists and listeners find attractive. The piece, which is a part of the composer’s Suite Bergamasque,... 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 >>
Steinway Update: Code Name “Edelweiss” Outbid by a True Piano Lover
The calculation was apparently rather simple for the new owner - he loves Steinway's pianos, so why not buy the whole company? We suggest that next step for the new owner, John Paulson, would be to learn to play his pianos. 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 >>
Leonardo da Vinci’s Viola Organista comes to life after 500 years!
The instrument’s sound is unique in the world. The circular horsehair bows of the instrument are driven by the pedals, and, as long as the player continues pedaling, the sound sustains. Deft musicians can even wrest a crescendo from a single note. 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 >>
Chopin A La Polacca!
The Polonaises, with their “cannon buried in flowers,” in Schumann’s words, have become symbolic and poignant evocations of an oppressed people. Listen to Rafal Blechacz playing the Polonaise in A-flat major Op. 53 “Heroique” in a live broadcast from... Read more >>
Piano Street at the Music Education Expo 2013 in London
The first event of its kind ever in the UK, Music Education Expo took place at the Barbican Centre in London on 20-21 March 2013, hosting over 3000 visitors and 120 exhibitors.Piano Street was there to show the latest features, such as the... Read more >>
Volcano Brought Chopin to Orange County
Because of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano a man sat waiting Monday afternoon in the Newark airport instead of on a plane to Berlin. Sitting there, the man got a phone call. Yuja Wang had a sore arm, it seemed, and a doctor had ordered her to rest. The... Read more >>
Leaking Pianos in Spain, Denmark and Sweden…
These instrumental artworks by Nina Saunders are created for shopping malls.
Saunders is inspired by the environment she is in and adjusts the object to different locations to stimulate thoughts, humor and playfulness of the beholder. She came... Read more >>
Beethoven’s Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra
For the final instalment of his survey of Beethoven’s works for piano and orchestra on BIS label, Ronald Brautigam has saved ‘the final crowning glory of his concerto output’... 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 Art Of Piano: Great Pianists Of The 20th Century
This video documentary provides a survey of 18 extraordinary keyboard artists that dominated the concert world in the mid 20th century, from Ignaz Paderewski to Claudio Arrau. The program effectively blends archival film with video clips, concert... Read more >>
Announce your Piano Recitals and Events at Piano Street
In line with Piano Street’s mission to stimulate and promote live piano music performances, we welcome all members to post announcements and invitations to their upcoming piano recitals in the new recital section of the forum. Read more >>
Bocconcini was not a Composer
The British may be a nation of music lovers, but they are clueless when it comes to classical composers, a survey revealed today. One in three people (33%) have never listened to classical music and 4% of those surveyed wrongly identified Bocconcini... 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 >>
Medical Professionals See Irregular Heartbeat in Beethoven’s Music
Citing rhythmic shifts and sudden stops in the German master's music, certain doctors and researchers think he suffered from arrhythmia. 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 >>
Kovacevich Plays Opus 111 and Teaches Opus 90
Stephen Kovacevich performs the first movement of Beethoven Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor opus 111 at the La Roque d’Anthéron Festival in 2004. 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 >>
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 >>
Looking for Sources?
The Juilliard Manuscript Collection may be viewed by an unlimited number of performers, scholars, and music-lovers worldwide. Forty-two composers are represented in the online presentation of the Juilliard Manuscript Collection. Read more >>
Any Place, Any Time… Berliner Philharmoniker Launches Digital Concert Hall
Whether you live in Texas or Tokyo you can now find the world-famous orchestra and its musical partners – Artistic Director Sir Simon Rattle as well as renowned guest conductors and soloists. Read more >>
Master Technician Peter Salisbury on Piano Sound and the Magic Ingredient in Quality Grands
During a recent visit to South Bank Centre in London to find out more about “double action” pianos, Piano Street’s Patrick Jovell had a chance to speak with the in-house piano technician Peter Salisbury about the current situation on the concert... Read more >>
Barenboim’s Chopin Recital in Warzaw
Daniel Barenboim marked his new affiliation with Decca and Deutsche Grammophon labels with four releases. Two releases were devoted to Chopin: a solo recital recorded in Warsaw, with Waltzes, a Polonaise, a Fantasia, a Nocturne and the B flat minor... Read more >>
Verbier Festival 2011 on Medici.tv
More than 20 events from the Verbier festival are streamed live as well as being available on demand for free. Here are some piano related highlights you may not want to miss... Read more >>
World Premiere: Piano Piece in G by Felix Mendelssohn
The first edition ever of a newly discovered piece by Mendelssohn was presented by Piano Street at the Music Education Expo in London earlier this month. The Urtext Piano Score and Autograph Manuscript are now available for download. 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 >>
The Case of Ravel
In this exclusive interview pianist Paul Roberts talks about his new book Reflections and the search for pathways into the core of musical interpretation. Read more >>
Recommended Book: Keyboard Interpretation
This inspiring standard work is an introduction to the interpretation of keyboard music discussing musical types and forms, tempo, phrasing and articulation, fingering, rhythmic conventions, the “tones” or modes, ornamentation, pianists’ problems,... 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 >>
Famous Composers Alive and Just a Click Away
That a recording exists of the voice of Tchaikovsky tantalizes the imagination. If there is a Tchaikovsky recording on an Edison cylinder, might there not also be, hidden away in a dusty shoebox in an attic somewhere, another cylinder with Liszt at... Read more >>

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