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Master Teacher Hans Leygraf’s Fundamental Lessons
A much longed-for documentation of the pianist and piano pedagogue Hans Leygraf’s methodology is now to be found on two DVDs. These recordings, made among a selected few of his students in Salzburg, extends from the appropriate way of touching the... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Natural Fingering – A Topographical Approach
The art of fingering is a huge subject, not least if studied historically. While many professional players stress the importance of good fingering we often find fingering suggestions offered by renowned editions to be clumsy, odd or simply out of... 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 Harpsichord – Old, but Still Relevant
“If you buy only one record of harpsichord music in your life . . . buy this sensational album” wrote Richard Morrison, The Times (London). Although most of us don’t buy records anymore, this recently released album “Time Present and Time Past” could... Read more >>
FLAC — Better than MP3 for Classical Piano Music?
Piano Street talks FLAC with George Olvik, CEO at eClassical. Should you choose the FLAC-format instead of a MP3? Read more >>
Pleyel Turns the Last Page?
A Pleyel was Chopin’s favorite piano; he once said, “when I’m feeling energetic and strong enough to find my own sound, I need a Pleyel piano.” After more than 200 years producing 250,000 of the highest-quality pianos in the French tradition, Pleyel... Read more >>
Dr. Walker Making Dead Pianists Come Alive
Imagine hearing great, departed pianists play again today, just as they would in person. John Q. Walker demonstrates how recordings can be analyzed for precise keystrokes and pedal motions, then played back on computer-controlled grand pianos. 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 >>
Pianos for People
In the 21st century, as electronic instruments become more popular as less expensive options than traditional pianos, wood-and-wire keyboards are finding their way into landfills and junk heaps. Non-profit organization Pianos for People doesn’t want... Read more >>
How to Prepare for a Piano Competition – an Interview with Mariam Batsashvili
Soon after the 10th International Franz Liszt Competition Utrecht, Piano Street’s guest writer Alexander Buskermolen spoke to its most recent winner: the Georgian 21 year old pianist Mariam Batsashvili. The main theme for this interview with the... 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 >>
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 >>
András Schiff Almost Won Grammy Without Pedal
Schiff's 2012 recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was nominated for the category “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” at the Grammy Awards 2013. He did not win the Grammy this time but had there been a category for “Best Classical Piano Solo... Read more >>
The Nocturnes by Chopin – New Urtext Edition
The Nocturnes span the whole of Frédéric Chopin’s career, and among them are some of the composer’s most beloved works. Piano Street has now published a new urtext edition of the Nocturnes by Chopin. This new edition, containing Chopin's own... Read more >>
Grand Style Liszt with Bererzovsky
This CD, a collection of live recordings taken from performances at the Royal Festival Hall and the Festival de la Grange de Meslay, provides yet another example of Boris Berezovsky’s stunning virtuosity and musicality. 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 >>
Looking for Sources?
The Juilliard Manuscript Collection may be viewed by an unlimited number of performers, scholars, and music-lovers worldwide. Forty-two composers are represented in the online presentation of the Juilliard Manuscript Collection. Read more >>
Recommended Book: Keyboard Interpretation
This inspiring standard work is an introduction to the interpretation of keyboard music discussing musical types and forms, tempo, phrasing and articulation, fingering, rhythmic conventions, the “tones” or modes, ornamentation, pianists’ problems,... Read more >>
Master Teacher Wijn is Growing Flowers and Plants
In part one of a three-part special on building a career as a professional pianist, Piano Street’s guest writer Alexander Buskermolen spoke with Holland’s most prominent pedagogue, Professsor Jan Wijn. Read more >>
How About Building a Grand Piano?
Engineering and drafting students at a Virginia private school are pushing the envelope by attempting a project that no one else is currently doing in a school setting: building a piano from scratch. Read more >>
ABRSM Publishes New Piano Syllabus
Global examination board ABRSM has published a new Piano syllabus for 2013 & 2014. ABRSM is the leading authority on musical assessment with more than 600,000 candidates, in over 90 countries, taking exams every year. Read more >>
Bach with New Ears
The recent discovery of a new portrait of J. S. Bach opens up to the question: if we can see Bach with new eyes, how can we listen to Bach with new ears? ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Gould’s Favourite Piece but not his Favourite Piano
Neither of the two Gould recordings of J.S. Bach´s Goldberg Variations (1955 and 1981) were made on Gould´s favourite instrument. The Aria is played here on a Yamaha grand, shortly before Gould´s death in October 1982. 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 >>
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 >>
Valentina Lisitsa – Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Pianist and YouTube phenomenon Valentina Lisitsa is perhaps the most striking example of how the Internet and, more recently, social media has created completely new opportunities for classical artists. Read more >>
Behind the Scenes of the Piano Puzzler
So, what is a Piano Puzzler? On the air every week, Bruce Adolphe re-writes a familiar tune in the style of a classical composer. In this video we get behind the scenes and learn the core secrets behind the construction of a Puzzler. Read more >>
AST Updated: 700 Piano Pieces Added
The Piano Street Team has been hard at work: 1200 man hours of listening and hand picking the greatest among the many great performers playing the greatest piano music is tough work. But we have persisted. We have not complained. And here we are, now... Read more >>

Piano Street's Classical Piano Blog contains over 300 posts. This page displays a random selection of 36 posts. Refresh the page for a new random selection.