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Impressive Expressions! – Blechacz plays Piano Music by Debussy and Szymanowski
Hailed by critics is this new release from young Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz born in 1985. Blechacz plays Piano Music by Debussy and Szymanowski. 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 >>
Reader Poll: Do you like classical music with jazz influences?
Since the early 20th century, jazz always had a significant impact on classical music and classical pianists. Composers found the rhythms, the blue quality in melody and harmony, as well as the spontaneous improvisation immensely fascinating and... Read more >>
Bach Project Takes Off from the Street: "Recording the 48"
Each of the two volumes of Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier contains one prelude and one fugue in every major and minor key. Often called “the 48”, or the “Old Testament” of piano music, it is perhaps the most important keyboard work of all time. The... Read more >>
Do We Judge Music by Sight More Than Sound?
With an increased share of classical music consumed in various audivisual formats in relation to audio only, a relevant question to ask is whether it disturbs or enhances the musical experience of a classical composition. ... 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 >>
Pianist Lang Lang appointed UN Messenger of Peace
Ever since he founded the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in 2008, Mr. Lang has committed himself to raising the level of music education to a higher level. Capitalizing on the popularity of the pianist Lang Lang, Secretary-General Ban... Read more >>
The Creative Dance of Imagination – Tango for Two
Hear Khatia and Gavantsa Buniatishvili play Piazzolla’s Libertango from a forest recital with a concert grand piano in plain nature. As Groucho Marx said: “It takes two to Tango”. Read more >>
Warsaw: The Most Influential Piano Competition Enters Its Grand Finale
Every five years the whole pianistic world moves to Warsaw and the International Chopin Piano Competition. Watch the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition live or in replay on YouTube and discover the piano stars of tomorrow. Read more >>
The Future of Online Music Consumption
The future of the music industry has been painted in many ways by many people, some see it as a utopia of levies and the "cloud" and sharing and some see the industry barely existing. Read more >>
Boxed Tribute to Retiring Brendel
In order to pay tribute to the great Austrian, the Brilliant Classics label has released a 35 CD box with early recordings, covering the period 1958-1970. Read more >>
András Schiff Sharing Perspectives on Bartók
When asked to be a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist, pianist András Schiff was adamant about one thing: He wanted to focus on Bela Bartók and the vibrant legacy the composer left on their native Hungary. 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 >>
Playing Bach on an Elephant
In this interview Schiff explains and demonstates his ideas on this widely discussed topic on how to play J. S. Bach’s music, and more specifically, the “Well Tempered Clavier” (BWV 846-893) on a modern piano. Read more >>
Grigori Sokolov Live at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Film maker Bruno Monsaingeon suggests that with Michelangeli, Gould, and Richter no longer alive, Grigory Sokolov may be the “greatest living pianist.” Listen to the piano recital Sokolov gave at the Theatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Read more >>
Paul Lewis and Two Years with Schubert
Schubert’s music defined the Romantic age and Paul Lewis’s sought-after performances are coming to define the way our age hears Schubert. In barely a decade, Lewis has emerged as one of the great musical thinkers of our time, and his relationship... Read more >>
The Great Piano Scam
Joyce Hatto was hailed as the greatest British pianist of the 20th Century. After she had died in 2006, however, it came to light that not all was as it seemed. Watch and see how the situation developed. Read more >>
Piano Playing – A Public Health Concept?
Pianists who begin practicing in childhood have been found to have better developed nerve pathways in parts of their brains. Scientists believe this results in better fine motor coordination. Read more >>
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 >>
Masterclasses on the Web Reach new Heights
Not only are piano competitions such as the Van Cliburn YouTube-competition and the Minnesota e-Competition moving out onto the web, but students, music colleges, schools and all music lovers now have the chance to gain inspiration and to learn from... Read more >>
The Pollini Project – charting the development of piano music from Bach to Boulez
Maurizio Pollini, appearing as part of the International Piano Series at London’s South Bank, will perform five recitals between January and May of music from Bach to modernism, described as “personal journey through four centuries of piano... 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 >>
Second Life – A Second Chance for Pianists?
Lang Lang played the first piano recital ever to take place on Second Life, a virtual world developed by Linden Lab. Also pianist Jeremy Denk appeared in 2009 via WGBH simulcast on Second Life. Read more >>
Stephen Kovacevich Plays an Allemande
Let’s hear the stylistically immensely experienced Stephen Kovacevich perform the Allemande from J. S. Bach’s Partita No. 4 from the Verbier Festival in Switzerland in 2009. We are all very happy that Kovacevich decided not to quit playing the piano... 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 >>
Rubinstein by the Rubinsteins
Hedonist and altruist at the same time, favorite of the gods and philanthropist, melancholic and sanguine serious artist, a gifted musician and brilliant pianist, egomaniac and family pet.
The recent documentary film about the life and work... 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 >>
Steinway & the Last Son
Henry Z. Steinway, former president of Steinway & Sons and great grandson of the firm’s founder, died on September 18, 2008 at the age of 93. He was the last Steinway to run the piano-making company his family started in 1853. 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 >>
Visit Piano Street at the Music Education Expo 2014 in London!
Music Education Expo takes place on February 7-8 2014 at The Barbican in London. Piano Street will present new educational material at our stand H5 at the exhibition. We hope to see you there! Read more >>
TAKE YOUR SEAT! Hear Mitsuko Uchida Play Mozart Live with the Berliner Philharmoniker
Thanks to a collaboration with the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall, all Piano Street members can enjoy free access for 48 hours to the Digital Concert Hall. Log in to your Piano Street account to get your free voucher code which gives... Read more >>
Franck Miniatures – Sheet music and recordings
In César Franck’s keyboard music he clearly indicated in the scores for which specific instrument the music was composed for; piano, organ or harmonium. The harmonium pieces are however often performed on the organ. Some of those pieces are also... Read more >>
Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Music
Gabriel Fauré is considered one of the most influential and gifted French composers of the late romantic and early 20th century period. His early compositions, influenced by Chopin and his teacher Saint-Saënt, are of very romantic character while he... Read more >>
Piano Lessons Can Help Children Improve Reading Skills
Children exposed to a multi-year programme of music tuition involving training in increasingly complex rhythmic, tonal, and practical skills display superior cognitive performance in reading skills compared with their non-musically trained peers,... Read more >>
Musical Holiday Greetings from Piano Street!
DOWNLOADABLE GIFTS: As a musical holiday gift, you are welcome to try out to learn “a small piece that sounds big” in 49 easy steps or to compose your own ending to one of Mozart’s most loved piano pieces. Read more >>
The Light of Claude Debussy
Watch this film by Anthony Tobin, celebrating the genius of Debussy. It was shown by G. Henle Verlag during the Frankfurt Musik Messe, 2012, in connection with their release of three volumes of the complete piano works of Debussy. Read more >>

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