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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Maurizio Pollini’s Chopin Etudes Astonish 50 Years Later
Why did we have had to wait over fifty years for this unique recording? Maurizio Pollini withheld his permission for his first complete recording of the Chopin Etudes Opp. 10 & 25 to be released. While the legendary DG recording from the 1970s has... 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 >>
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 >>
Glenn Gould – Seeking the Ordinary in the Eccentric
Many are names of things we hold dear. An enigmatic musical poet, world- renowned pianist Glenn Gould continues to captivate years after his untimely death in 1982. In 2010 the documentary Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould was presented... Read more >>
Kissin Giving Liszt to the World
Kissin’s on-going world tour is devoted entirely to works by Franz Liszt, to mark the 200th anniversary and which means appearances at the most distinguished venues around the world, including La Scala, Concertgebouw, Barbican and Carnegie Hall. 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 >>
"Hats off...!" - New Translation of Schumann's First Review
Celebrate the Schumann anniversary by reading our new translation of his very original and entertaining review of Chopin's Opus 2. This review includes the famous quote "Hats off, gentlemen, a genius". Read more >>
The Great Arthur Rubinstein Revisited
For decades people who were fortunate enough to see and hear esteemed pianist Artur Rubinstein (1887-1982) perform left concert halls spellbound. Biographer and music historian Sachs first heard Rubinstein play in 1959, but it was not until 1986 that... Read more >>
Piano Street Receives 5-Star Excellence Award
Shopper Approved has collected over 1,000 ratings from paying Piano Street Gold members and due to the high level of customer satisfaction Piano Street has received the exclusive Shopper Approved 5-Star Excellence Award. Read more >>
Pianomania – Love, Perfection and a Little Bit of Madness
“The tone isn’t breathing.“ – complains pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, distraught. This is a typical sentence in Steinway & Sons’ chief technician and Master Tuner Stefan Knüpfer’s normal work day. The film Pianomania takes the viewer along on a... Read more >>
Yuja Wang & Prokofiev in Factory Setting
Let’s go to New York City. After letting her finish her coffee we can hear pianist Yuja Wang on the floor at the Steinway and Sons factory playing Prokofiev’s technically demanding Toccata. 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 >>
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 >>
The TransAcoustic Piano – Silent Piano Technology Taken One Step Further
While the Silent Piano concept is essentially two different instruments, an acoustic and a digital piano built in one unit, Yamaha has now brought the concepts together combining the two worlds in an attempt to create a completely new kind of... 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 >>
Albéniz – Asturias and 20 other piano pieces
Even though Isaac Albéniz actually never composed any music for guitar much of his piano music is part of the standard guitar repertoire. Asturias (Leyenda), the fifth movement from Suite Española, opus 47, is one example. 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
New sheet music: Chopin – Four Concert Pieces
Four concert pieces by Chopin, including Variations on Mozart’s ‘La ci darem la mano’ and Andante spianato, in editions by Mikuli (solo piano part with orchestral cues) have been added to our sheet music library. Read more >>
Recommended Book: Chopin - The Four Ballades
In an illuminating discussion, Jim Samson combines history and analysis to provide a comprehensive picture of these popular piano works. Read more >>
Piano Vintage – Italian Excellence Bringing Old Steinways Back to Life
One of the most interesting exhibitors at the Cremonafiere Exhibition’s piano part – the so called CremonaPianoforte – this fall was a company and and workshop called Piano Vintage. The company performs a type of restoration dictated from the work... Read more >>
Michelangeli Plays Beethoven Sonata Op. 2 no. 3
Michelangeli built a reputation as much on the frequency of his cancellation of concerts as on his piano performances. On this video, he plays the first movement from Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C major Op. 2 No. 3, recorded in 1970. 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 >>
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 >>
The Van Cliburn Memorial Concert 2014
To mark the one-year anniversary of the death of legendary pianist Van Cliburn, the Fort Worth-based foundation that bears his name hosted The Van Cliburn Memorial Concert in Sundance Square Plaza on February 27. Hear eight former Cliburn... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>

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