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Recent Articles & News
The Brain's Piano Spot Discovered
Brain mapping has come far in the world and we can read a lot about recent research in this area. Scientists have for instance been able to map the mutual brain connections utilized in language development and musical training. A newly-charted region in the human brain, which so far has not been seen in other animals, may be responsible for extremely fine motor control such as our unique ability to play piano. Read more...
Paderewski Festival Celebrating Poland's Past And Present
The annual international music festival celebrating the legacy of Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) opened in Warsaw in late October and is now running for almost a month. This year the event also marks the centennial of national independence, which Poland regained after World War I. Piano Street's Patrick Jovell visited the festival in Warsaw and the Paderewski Birthday Celebration Concert. Read more...
The Art of Listening - Updated Notes from Berman's Bench
Since the first edition of Boris Berman's Notes from the Pianist's Bench was published in 2000, it has been read by countless pianists, piano teachers, and piano students throughout the world. The book has been translated into several languages and adopted as a required text in universities and conservatories. Just recently, it was published in a second edition, available in both print and electronic formats. Piano Street's David Wärn met Mr. Berman at the Cremona Musica Piano Experience, to talk about the contents of the book, and about the changes and updates of the new edition. Read more...
Build a LEGO Piano to Learn About Basic Piano Mechanics!
The Concert Grand Piano, one of the most complex instruments of all time, is now in Lego form. Built entirely from 2798 authentic LEGO bricks, it accurately captures the mechanical details of a real piano. Read more...
Yuja Wang Played Ravel to Commemorate Peace
The First World War showed no mercy to artists and many died or returned injured. The Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right arm on the battlefield and Maurice Ravel composed the "Piano Concerto for the Left Hand" for him. The piece was performed by Yuja Wang in a recent concert in Versailles, 100 years after the "Treaty of Versailles", in which the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. Read more...
The Pleyel Piano: A Key to Genuine Chopin Sound?
Hubert Rutkowski's new CD is a portrait not only of Chopin, but of the composer's favourite instrument: Rutkowski plays a Pleyel piano from 1847. In his search for a genuine Chopin/Pleyel sound he has also turned to historical recordings of Raul Koczalski and Moritz Rosenthal, students of Karol Mikuli, who was in turn a student of Chopin himself. Read more...
Destination: Rachmaninov - Departure
Destination: Rachmaninov - Departure, the first installment of a two-part journey, explores Rachmaninov's Second and Fourth Piano Concertos. In his seventh title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Daniil Trifonov reunites with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the leadership of music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Read more...
Trifonov and Lang Lang Celebrate DG 120 Years in C Minor
"The Yellow Label", Deutsche Grammophon celebrates its 120th anniversary this year with events all around the globe. Today, November 6, pianist Lang Lang performs Mozart's C Minor Concerto in a live streamed gala concert in the Berlin Philharmonie. Read more...
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Piano News Flash
Artist Of The Year
"Trifonov lives and breathes music. During our interview he would at times respond to a question by silently moving his fingers, internally scrutinizing the experience of creating a specific sound. Finding the right means of tonal production is an ongoing process for him." Read more at musicalamerica.com
Master's Tool Rebuilt
"When the work on the piano is completed, the instrument will go to a temporary home at the New-York Historical Society, along with the nine-foot-tall clock from the Waldorf lobby and what the Waldorf calls John F. Kennedy's rocking chair, from the presidential suite." Read more at nytimes.com
Trifonov in Chopin Preludes on Film
Daniil Trifonov will perform the work of Frederic Chopin on the same pianos that the composer played on his 1848 concert tour of Britain. Read more at theguardian.com
Ji Liu's Fire and Water
The latest Chinese piano sensation is Liu Ji, or Ji Liu, as he is known in London where he is based. Read more at straitstimes.com
Sung's 8th Album
On her latest album, "Sung with Words", Helen Sung collaborates with poet Dana Gioia and musicians including vocalist Jean Baylor. Read more at wbur.org
Jazz Pianists X-mas Opening
Join the Kennedy Center and NPR for this annual holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music. This year, Jason Moran will be joined by Booker T. Jones and James Francies, among others. Read more at npr.org
Huangci's Rachmaninoff Project
Pianist Claire Huangci dedicates herself to Sergei Rachmaninoff's 24 Preludes in her latest release. Hear and see his famous C-sharp minor Prelude Op. 3 No. 2, from her highly acclaimed album. Watch now at youtube.com
The Schiff Piano Lecture-Recitals
"The tremendous achievement of Schiff's lecture-recitals lies in pulling Beethoven back to earth, and into the workshop - where the pianist's craft is as joyous to observe as that of the composer he interrogates." Read more at newyorker.com
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Piano Street Site Updates
2 August 2018:
Festival Debussy 100 - sponsored by Piano Street.

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.

29 July 2016:
New pieces added to the line of Instructive Editions.

18 February 2016:
New pieces added to the line of Instructive Editions.

18 February 2016:
Piano Street at the Music Education Expo 2016.

12 February 2016:
Six more composers added to the Audiovisual Study Tool

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