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Recent Articles & News

It is easy to take piano playing and musicianship for granted but most people have experienced physical tension and strain while practicing. The American pianist, pedagogue, and researcher Dr. Kathleen Riley has spent many years developing a method called Optimal Performance, scanning pianists’ bodies using electrodes. In a Masterclass with students and pianist Garrick Ohlsson as test subjects at San Francisco International Piano Festival last fall, we get a chance to see how the method works in action. Read more
Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, a universally recognized profile for his Chopin research and lifelong dedication to teaching, graciously accepts to answer the questions of this interview for Cremona Musica, where he received the Cremona Music Award for Communication 2023. Read more
Pianist Paul Roberts’ latest book “Reading Franz Liszt” invites readers into Liszt’s world through an engaging examination of his most cherished compositions and the underlying literary works that influenced them. Exploring the depths of Franz Liszt’s legacy, Roberts presents a fresh perspective on the legendary composer, emphasizing his poetic sensitivity alongside his technical prowess. Read more
We wish you a Happy New Year with a list of recommended reading from Piano Street. These are the most read, discussed or shared articles of 2023. /The Piano Street Team Read more
After his films about greats like Glenn Gould, Yehudi Menuhin, Sviatoslav Richter and many others, films in which he exposes the soul of those artists with great empathy, Bruno Monsaingeon himself is quasi a legend. In recent months, he has been putting the finishing touches to a film about Klaus Mäkelä, the new chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Eric Schoones from the German/Dutch magazine PIANIST had a conversation with him. Read more
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Piano News Flash

2024-02-24
Lim's Album Debut
Pianist Lim Yunchan, the youngest ever winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will be releasing his debut album "Chopin Etudes" under the Decca Classics record label on April 19.
Read at pianistmagazine.com
2024-02-23
Pianist and Influencer
While videos showcasing a day in the life of a musician at a conservatory are now common online, Tiffany Poon was ahead of the trend when she started creating them in 2017 as a senior in the Columbia-Juilliard Program.
Read at sfcv.org
2024-02-22
New Piano Concertos!
London presented performances of Dessner's lively concerto, blending elements of rock and Reich. Meanwhile the world premiere of Coll's sparkling, flamenco-inspired concerto took place.
Read at theguardian.com
2024-02-21
What About Black Modernism?
In 1939, over 150 years after the Declaration of Independence, Leonard Bernstein explored the idea of creating a new American national style of classical music that adheres to societal norms and reflects the country's unique identity.
Read at van-magazine.com
2024-02-20
From Piano to Organ Stardom
Anna Lapwood, acclaimed organist, conductor, and TikTok sensation, is the Director of Music at Pembroke College in Cambridge. An Associate Artist at the Royal Albert Hall and BBC Singers, she was named "Gamechanger" in 2023 and signed with SONY Classical.
Read at classical-music.com
2024-02-20
Manny Plays His MAX Concerto
Swedish composer Anders Hillborg has composed a new piano concerto. Listen to "The Max Concerto", as of January 11, 2024, written for and dedicated to the American pianist Emanuel Ax.
Read at konserthuset.se
2024-02-19
"Crescendo" - The Movie
The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition highlights the extraordinary musical abilities of top pianists from around the world, revealing their untold stories of perseverance, dedication, and triumph that drive them to exceed all expectations.
Read at variety.com

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Livestream: 2024-03-20 19:30:00 GMT
Ethan Loch, Piano Concerto
From Poole's Centre for the Arts, Poole. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Mark Wigglesworth. Listen at bsolive.com

Livestream: 2024-05-04 00:30:00 GMT
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From 92NY, New York City. Works by Bach, Ades, Beethoven and Schubert. Listen at 92ny.org

FREE livestream: 2024-06-25 19:00:00 GMT
Alexandre Kantorow, Piano Concerto
From Philharmonie Cologne. Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 5 with Gürzenich Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth. Listen at guerzenich-orchester.de

Latest Piano Albums

2024-02-23

Duo Ancelle-Berlinskaya:
Passage secret – Bizet, Debussy, Fauré, Ravel



In French piano music, the cycles Jeux d’enfants, Petite Suite, Dolly and Ma mère l’Oye have a special place: these four hand collections have become some of their respective composers’ best-known works. Ludmila Berlinskaya and Arthur Ancelle are a symbiotic couple on and off stage, whose previous 8 albums have been well received and awarded by the international press.
Listen on NML >
2024-02-21

Orli Shaham:
Mozart – Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 5 & 6



The sense of wonder the three-year-old felt on her first encounter with Mozart in 1979 hasn’t diminished more than 40 years later. Orli Shaham was mesmerized when she heard her eldest brother practice the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor. With the present release, she has recorded all of Mozart's 18 Piano Sonatas, reaching the end of an exhilarating journey through music she has known all her life.
Listen on NML >
2024-02-19

Nathan Williamson:
Christopher Brown – 24 Preludes & Fugues



In 2011, Christopher Brown set himself the challenge of writing a book of 24 preludes and fugues in all the major and minor keys before he reached his 70th birthday in 2013. In fact, the project took him a further six years. Pianist Nathan Williamson: "Despite unashamedly drawing on a wide spectrum of styles and influences… Brown’s 24 Preludes and Fugues stretched the limits of my ear and musical imagination."
Listen on NML >
2024-02-18

Igor Levit:
Mendelssohn – Lieder ohne Worte



Levit's release of 14 of Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words and an Alkan Prelude is his personal response to the 7th October 2023 atrocities in Israel, and what he describes as an alarming rise of anti-Semitism around the world. Levit and his team gave their time pro bono for the recording, and proceeds will be donated to two German organisations fighting anti-Semitism.
Listen on NML >

Piano Street Site Updates

17 November 2023:
The sheet music library now contains the complete solo keyboard pieces by J. S. Bach.

12 September 2023:
Rachmaninoff's complete piano works are now available in our sheet music library.

26 January 2023:
The complete piano works of 12 composers are now available in our sheet music library.

1 February 2022:
We celebrate 20 years online with an updated webdesign of pianostreet.com and a special bonus package for all our memebers!

10 January 2022:
Pages about composer have a new design with additional content and the best solo piano pieces listed separately for composers such as Beethoven and Chopin.

26 November 2021:
A new issue of the magazine about the world of piano competitions is available for free download at Piano Street.

8 October 2021:
Piano Street's multimedia tool for watching the Chopin Competition has been updated.

24 September 2021:
Piano Street participated in the annual Media Lounge of Cremona Musica.

15 January 2021:
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.

24 October 2020:
New pieces by Bach and Mozart with piano practice tips have been added to the line of Instructive Editions.

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