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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 >>
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.
Piano Street Gold... Read more >>
Marathon Men – Two Complete Beethoven Sonatas Projects to Achieve Completion
Daniel Barenboim is not the only one to have successfully had the complete Beethoven sonatas on his agenda lately. Read more >>
Schimmel Pegasus – A Flying Grand Piano?
At a first glance the Schimmel Pegasus Piano doesn’t look like a piano. With those beautifully sculpted curves this piano looks more like a futuristic spaceship. 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 >>
Forty Years in Perspective – The BIS Label’s Pianists
It is always a pleasure to congratulate a person who spent forty years in business, regardless of their trade. Therefor it was a very special moment for Piano Street when we got the chance to talk to Robert von Bahr, Founder of BIS Records, about the... Read more >>
Sit in on a Unique Class with Messiaen on Debussy and Colour
French composer Olivier Messiaen was a synaesthete who experienced colours when he heard or imagined music. He devised his own system of modes (scales) based on his synaesthesia and in some scores he actually notated the colours, to help the... Read more >>
New Piano Design for the Future
It's futuristic, to be sure, but the newest piano design from Gergely Bogányi has several components that hark back to the 19th century. 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 >>
New Recordings: Schubert – Six Moments Musicaux op 94
The Moments Musicaux were published only a few months before Schubert’s death in 1828. Most of them were composed during 1827 or 1828, with the exception of Nos. 3 and 6, dating from 1823 and 1824 respectively. 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 >>
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 >>
International Piano – January/February 2015
A new issue of International Piano is out! Highlights: ... Read more >>
Chopin’s 200th Anniversary
Celebrate one of the greatest piano composers in history, Frédéric Chopin, by listening to the Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman’s performance of Ballade no 2 in F-major while following along in Chopin’s autograph manuscript. 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The One and Only Alfred Brendel
Now retired from the stage and the piano and recently turned 85, Alfred Brendel remains regarded as a serious intellectual with a mischievous sense of humour. In a wonderful 70-minute documentary that reflects his childhood and early influences,... Read more >>
Scarlatti - Popular Keyboard Sonatas
What Scarlatti is most prominently remembered for are the 555 short keyboard sonatas originally labelled Essercizi (Exercises). When he died in Madrid, Scarlatti left this treasury of manuscripts, which were largely unplayed beyond Spain and Portugal... 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 >>
Scriabin Mazurkas – Sheet Music
Scriabin’s unique musical vision is transformed into something striking and original: mazurka-fantasies characterised by extraordinary charm and sensuality, often assimilating the style of late night improvisations. Read more >>
British Excellence in New Tansman Piano Music Release
Chandos has been attentive in promoting the orchestral works of Alexandre Tansman, who due to the vagaries of fashion has to a great extent been ignored. They now embark on the piano music and a deeply personal project for soloist Margaret Fingerhut. Read more >>
Pianists Fly to SoundCloud
More than 8,000,000 users populate SoundCloud’s airwaves. They prefer the free-of-charge, intuitive, streamlined interface on SoundCloud to the license-driven content on Spotify or MOG. 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Schiff Horses Around in Master Class
In a piano masterclass on Schubert’s Moments Musical at The International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Andras Schiff noted, for one of his students, that, in Schubert’s time, horse-drawn conveyances were the norm instead of just a tourist... Read more >>
Have you ever met Mr. Ignaz Brüll?
Like his contemporary Max Bruch, Ignaz Brüll lived in the shadow of Brahms and even though his artistic aims were unlike those of the greater composer, he has suffered neglect, much of it unwarranted. Brüll appears in the Romantic Piano Concertos... Read more >>
Aimard’s Bach in Lights
As part of a multimedia project that had never before been attempted, visual artist Alan Warburton created a virtual animation that highlighted not only Bach’s genius but also Warburton’s own creativity. Read more >>
Views on J. S. Bach – Interview with pianist Peter Hill
A recognised authority in 20th century and contemporary music, Peter Hill turns for the first time on disc to another of his lifelong preoccupations – the music of J. S. Bach. In this exclusive interview for Piano Street, Peter shares his ideas on... Read more >>
What is Left to the Right?
Pianist Russell Young, director of Kennesaw State University’s opera and music theater program, believes being left-handed is an advantage for pianists. 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 >>
Italian and International Excellence in Cremona
Piano Street visited Cremona last weekend to meet with Italian and international pianists and piano brand representatives at the Piano Experience. Read more >>
Busoni – 25 original pieces and 15 Bach transcriptions
The Italian pianist Busoni’s important achievements as a composer were long over-shadowed by the fact that he was generally thought the greatest piano virtuoso after Liszt. The solo piano versions of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (for organ)... Read more >>
Pianist's Pianist
The Czech pianist Ivan Moravec's recordings for Connoisseur Society were notable for their audiophile quality and nearly all of them remain available, long after the LP era, on CD reissues. He is described by New Grove as one of the finest Chopin... Read more >>

Piano Street's Classical Piano Blog contains over 400 articles. This page displays a random selection of 36 posts. Refresh the page for a new random selection.