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Recent Articles & News
The World of Piano Competitions – New Issue
As a collaborating partner Piano Street is proud to present the second issue of The World of Piano Competitions, a new magazine initiated by PIANIST Magazine (Netherlands and Germany) and its Editor-in-Chief Eric Schoones. Here we get a rich insight into the world of international piano competitions through the eyes of its producers and participants. Read more...
Piano Practice and the 10,000-hour Rule
A recent study seems to have dealt a blow to the often cited idea that 10,000 hours of practice will make an expert of anyone. “The idea has become really entrenched in our culture, but it’s an oversimplification,” says Brooke Macnamara, a psychologist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Read more...
The Jurmala Festival – First Edition
The first edition of the Riga Jurmala Festival featured four weekends throughout July, August and September with an impressive lineup of world-famous pianists, including Rudolf Buchbinder, Yuja Wang, Seong-Jin Cho, Lukas Geniušas, Jan Lisiecki, Denis Kozhukhin, The Osokins and Lucas Debargue. Verbier Festival wizard Martin T:son Engstroem was headhunted to create the new prestigious Latvian music festival. Read more...
World's largest piano unveiled this week!
Back in 1987, the German-Latvian piano maker David Klavins introduced the world's largest upright piano; Model 370, which is two floors high. On display to the public for the first time on Friday this week, the even bigger Model 470i has already created a buzz among piano enthusiasts. Piano Street's Patrick Jovell had a talk with David Klavins about his latest innovations. Read more...
Success, or Just a Sensation? Stuart Isacoff on Van Cliburn’s Moscow Win — 60 Years On
Piano Street has met the author of When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn’s Cold War Triumph and Its Aftermath, a personal and moving book presenting a sympathetic but honest account of the life of the legendary American pianist. Read more...
Alexandre Kantorow Wins Tchaikovsky Competition
The 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition concluded at night on June 27. In the piano category the Gold Medal went to the French pianist Alexandre Kantorow and an unexpected special prize was awarded to Chinese pianist Tianxu An. Read more...
What’s Inside Steinway’s Secret Vault?
To get inside Steinways’s new secret addition to their New York Factory, you must be invited. “The Vault” has over $3 million in exotic veneers, waiting for the right buyer at the right time. Read more...
Alexander Gadjiev – To Save the World
Our meeting took place in Krefeld, at Kawai – the Japanese make of piano with which Alexander Gadjiev has become so familiar since his success at the Hamamatsu competition. Now his career is really taking off in Europe too: Gadjiev is a BBC New Generation Artist until the end of 2021 and is also one of the 25 chosen contestants at the upcoming 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition, 17-29 June in Moscow. Read more...
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Piano News Flash
Grammy Nomination for Wang
Pianist Yuja Wang's "The Berlin Recital" is Grammy nominated for "Best Classical Instrumental Solo". Read more at classicfm.com
Be a Composer!
"Improvising can often be a really useful way of discovering new possibilities. Simple but strong musical ideas and well-chosen sounds can be hugely effective, so don't feel that your piece has to stretch pianistic technique." Read more at pianistmagazine.com
Andsnes Plays Mozart
"I'm slow! (laughs) Seriously, as a pianist, you're thrown from Bach to Rachmaninoff to Lutoslawski. You have to be a chameleon! Suddenly I felt this need to concentrate on just one composer, and work on one vocabulary for a while" Read more at playbill.com
Follow the Finals in the Paderewski Competition
The 11th International Paderewski Piano Competition is now running in Bydgoszcz, Poland. It is organized to commemorate Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the remarkable pianist, virtuoso, composer, politician and statesman. November 22nd - 23th, 2019 the Finals of the competition will take place. Watch it online here. Watch now at youtube.com
Goerner Inside Brahms
"I don't have very large hands, but I don't think this is a real problem in this music. More of a challenge is balancing the dynamic range. Take the opening: it starts forte, but we must allow enough space for this to grow with the crescendo through the first few bars. We must begin with a full sonority but still leave somewhere to go dynamically." Read more at gramophone.co.uk
First Woman to Receive Bach Medal
"Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt has made history today as the first woman to be awarded the prestigious City of Leipzig Bach Medal." Read more at ludwig-van.com
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Piano Street Site Updates
15 January 2019:
Urtext editions of Debussy Clair de lune, Chopin Prelude in E minor and Major Piano Scales are now available to download for free at Piano Street.

21 December 2018:
The premiere issue of the magazine about the world of piano competitions is available for free download at Piano Street.

10 April 2018:
Visit Piano Street at the Frankfurt Music Expo.

19 april 2017:
New CD release by Op 111 Productions: "Alma Brasiliera" with pianist Paulo Steinberg.

25 november 2016:
13 Easy Pieces by Beethoven and Gurlitt.

18 February 2016:
New pieces with piano practice tips added to the line of Instructive Editions.

Latest Piano Albums
Alexandre Tharaud:

The aesthetic world of the Ancien Régime (France before the Revolution) is what this programme invites us to explore. Some 15 years after his widely praised Rameau and Couperin discs, Alexandre Tharaud is returning to French baroque music, this time bringing together a variety of composers.
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Mischa Cheung, Yulia Miloslavskaya:
Gulda/Poulenc - Concertos

Friedrich Gulda is regarded as one of the cross-over pioneers of his time - after a breathtaking classical career he turned towards jazz and electronic music. Here is his eclectic Concerto for Myself, coupled with Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony No. 1, and Poulenc’s electrifying Concerto for 2 Pianos.
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Jacob Greenberg:

As a longtime member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and a leading pianist of modern song, Jacob Greenberg has performed throughout the Americas and Europe. On his new solo album, he plays Haydn and Mozart along with “neoclassical” 20th- century works.
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Alexandra Papastefanou:
Bach - French Suites

After her 2018 recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier, which went down extremely well with the critics, Alexandra Papastefanou has come to be regarded as a leading exponent of Bach on the piano. The great pianist Alfred Brendel commented: "Here is a Bach player who has lived a lifetime with this music."
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