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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor Running Out of Time...
London based Karrot Animation Studios have been busy working on a music video for pianist Benjamin Grosvenor's performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The brief was to assemble a four minute version from the longer audio track whilst creating an... 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 >>
2010 Chopin Piano Competition Winner: Russia’s Avdeeva
Russia’s Yulianna Avdeeva won the prestigious 2010 International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition after a three-week musical marathon followed avidly by classical music lovers around the globe. Read more >>
Hannes Minnaar: The Path to Becoming a Concert Pianist
In part two of the three-part special on building a career as a professional pianist, Piano Street's guest writer Alexander Buskermolen spoke with Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar about his education, vision on personal musical development, and the... 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 >>
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 >>
Minimalist Philip Glass sought to maximize his piano-playing potential
The journey he began in 1994 covered the following 19 years, and, during that time, he composed each of the chronologically numbered etudes he intended to use to make himself better at the keyboard. Pianist Maki Namekawa has now become the second... Read more >>
Mitsuko Uchida: Pianist-In-Residence
“Mitsuko Uchido is one of perhaps just a handful of classical pianists whose work can justifiably be mentioned alongside the great players of the past – Rachmaninov, Schnabel, Cortot, Michelangeli.” (ABC Radio National, Australia). Enjoy an excerpt... Read more >>
Odradek Records – An Artist Controlled Music Label
Lovers of classical piano music have another reason to celebrate thanks to a radical new music label that places a focus on artist-controlled material, particularly piano music. 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Kathleen Supové Redefining the Pianist as Art
Kathleen Supové is one of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what it means to be a pianist and keyboardist/performance artist in today’s world. Read more >>
How will You Sound on Horowitz’s CD 503?
While many pianists who have played on Horowitz's favourite piano agree that the action is even and it is a pleasure to play the instrument, it is clearly not the only magic bullet required to reach Horowitz's level of artistic mastery. Hear the... 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 >>
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 >>
Noriko Ogawa asks Beethoven to Leave her Alone
Noriko Ogawa seems to be comfortable in the same pea pod as Claude Debussy; she displays a similar maverick streak to the French composer. In this video Nogawa makes her point by discussing the different aspects of Debussy’s Prelude No. 12, Book 2,... 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 >>
The Man Who Died on Stage at Carnegie Hall
“Barere is an Anton Rubinstein in one hand and a Liszt in the other” said the famous composer Alexander Glazunov. But if you mention Simon Barere (1896-1951) to most people today, their response is “Simon Who”? Read more >>
International Piano – Nov/Dec 2013
Guest editor Stephen Hough curates this special edition of International Piano. Content highlights:
The art of preluding, careers cut short by tragedy, Alkan’s bicentenary, how to practise and the Second Viennese School.
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Kissin Breathing Fresh Air
Striking a very special chord for many world class performers the Verbier festival just completed its 21st edition. A regular guest artist there, pianist Evgeny Kissin believes it’s crucial to combine rest with work because it helps the performer to... Read more >>
“Play Me, I’m Yours” – Street Pianos
Artist Luke Jerram has put together street pianos installations in various cities. The initiative comes as a reaction of a creative individual to the general rule, prohibiting anyone to play music in public places without special arrangement – no... 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 >>
2x Marx at the Piano in a Duet
Chico Marx was known for “shooting” the keys of the piano. As part of the act he would play passages with his thumb up and index finger straight — like a gun. A charming example of his keyboard flamboyance is found in the film ”A Night at the Opera”. 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 >>
Social Media, Authenticity & How Not to Play Beethoven’s Für Elise
Counting the beat correctly in one of the world’s most popular piano pieces, Für Elise by Beethoven, is certainly not a bagatelle…
As every piano teacher knows, students often have problems playing the right number of beats in bars 14 and 37. 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 >>
Recommended Book: “Sviatoslav Richter – Pianist”
Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) is widely recognized as one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. In this translation of the first full-scale biography of Richter, Danish composer Karl Aage Rasmussen combines his artistic appreciation of... 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 >>
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 >>
The Piano Speaks!
Austrian composer Peter Ablinger transferred the frequency spectrum of the child’s voice to his computer controlled mechanical piano so that “with a little practice, or help or subtitling, we actually can hear a human voice in a piano sound” — and... Read more >>

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