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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 >>
How Can Modern Technology Contribute to a Great Piano Performance?
Why haven’t there been any fundamental changes of grand piano design since the 1870s? Some claim it is because manufacturers are afraid of getting beaten up in the marketplace if their pianos are seen as being “experimental”. Others say that... Read more >>
Chopin Preludes – New Urtext Sheet Music
Written partly during Chopin’s catastrophic wintertime stay on Majorca, the 24 Preludes, opus 28, are some of the composer’s most mysterious works. Schumann said of them: “They are sketches, beginnings of études, or, so to speak, ruins, individual... 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 >>
Piano Masterclass with Oscar Wilde and Dr. House
A humorous “Piano Masterclass” sketch from 1988 featuring the successful English comedy double act, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Read more >>
The 14th Van Cliburn – Merging High Quality Performance with Hi-End Technology
The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is an innovative force in the classical music field and is a recognized leader in bringing live performances to audiences extending far beyond the concert hall. Read more >>
Beethoven Variations – New Urtext and Recordings
Variation form was a central feature of Beethoven’s piano writing in general, from his early years until the end of his life. 32 Variations in C-minor as well as the Six Variations in G-major, both based on Beethoven’s original themes, are now... 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 >>
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 >>
Happy Holidays! Musical Greetings from Piano Street
The most popular composer among Piano Street’s members is Frédéric Chopin. As a holiday gift to our members and the piano playing world, we have prepared special piano scores of two of his masterpieces, in two different editions each. As another... 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 >>
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 >>
The Future of the Recording Industry: Is There One?
The record label Naxos has gone from budget outsider to industry leader in its 20-plus years of existence. But what does the future hold for any record label at a time when CD sales are plummeting and downloads are stagnant? Read more >>
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 >>
Yuja Wang at Verbier Festival 2013
In this 3 minute interview Yuja Wang tells us, among other things, the secret of her harmony between fingers and spirit. Read more >>
Academy Award Nominee: The Documentary “TWO HANDS – The Leon Fleisher Story”
A short documentary film by Nathaniel Kahn about Fleisher’s persistence, Two Hands, was nominated for a 2007 Academy Award. 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 >>
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 >>
Liszt: The Grand Sonata
In an article about one of the greatest masterpieces of the 19th century piano literature, Franz Liszt's Sonata in B minor, Patrick Jovell guides us through the history of the work as well as a few of the most common analytical approaches. Listen... Read more >>
Volodos in Vienna
“You can keep your Lang Langs, your Yuja Wangs, your Evgeny Kissins… I’d swap their collective virtuosity for one evening of Arcadi Volodos’s consummate pianism. To my mind, he has produced nothing finer on disc than this live recital, captured in... 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 >>
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 >>
Steinway & Sons Announces New Record Label
Steinway & Sons recently announced the launch of its new record label. The first release on this label, Bach On A Steinway, features keyboard masterworks by J. S. Bach as performed by pianist Jeffrey Biegel, whose extensive embellishments and... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The Fluid Piano – The world’s first multi-cultural Acoustic Piano
British composer Geoff Smith has invented a new instrument – The Fluid Piano – an acoustic piano which enables musicians to alter each note individually and separately by precise microtonal intervals per note before or during performance. Read more >>
Chopin Piano Competition 2010 – Repertoire List, Scores and Videos
One of the highlights of Chopin’s 200th anniversary has been the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Listen to the 809 performances of Chopin pieces while following along in the scores! 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 >>
Sa Chen plays Chopin
Together with Lang Lang and Yundi Li, Sa Chen (born 1979) is considered as one of today’s most important Chinese pianists and a veritable international sensation. Here we can hear her in the second movement of Chopin´s first Piano Concerto in E minor... Read more >>
Piano Street on Twitter
Follow us on Twitter to get updated about the classical piano music world: - Bach and beer! - A flaming piano? Lady Gaga goes Scriabin? - Can you tell Mozart, Salieri apart? - How to Play Bach on the Piano - The Classical Music Recording Business -... Read more >>
First Woman to Win the Leeds Piano Competition
Russia’s Sofya Gulyak was awarded the 1st prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the Sixteenth Leeds International Piano Competition – the first woman to achieve this distinction in the history of the competition. 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 >>
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 >>
Samsung Smashes Haydn in Gothenburg
At a concert in Gothenburg Concert Hall October 23, 2013, pianist and conductor Christian Zacharias stopped playing in the middle of Haydn’s D major Piano Concerto, interrupted by an audience member’s cell phone ringing for the second time the same... Read more >>
Schubert Live! – Pianist Imogen Cooper Continues the Series
Pianist Imogen Cooper: "Schubert has become even more necessary to my well-being, and I sense strongly that he is important for an audience’s well-being too" Read more >>

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