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Recent Articles & News

Performing Ligeti’s complete Etudes is a challenge for any pianist. Young pianist Han Chen has received both attention and glowing reviews for his recording of the entire set for Naxos. We had the opportunity to speak with the pianist after his impressive recital at the Piano Experience in Cremona last fall. Read more
Susan Tomes' latest book is a captivating and thought-provoking exploration of women pianists’ history, praised for its engaging storytelling, thorough research, and insightful analysis. The book combines historical narrative with Tomes' personal insights as a performing female pianist. Read more
With 50 years at the Royal Academy of Music and an international teaching career, Professor Christopher Elton has gained unique experience in how to coach accomplished artists. In this unique interview for Piano Street, Elton shares his insights and views on the big perspective. Read more
Pianist Lucas Debargue recently recorded the complete piano works of Gabriel Fauré on the Opus 102, a very special grand piano by Stephen Paulello. Eric Schoones from the German/Dutch magazine PIANIST had a conversation with him. Read more
Today, with smartwatches and everyday electronics, it is increasingly common to measure training results, heart rate, calorie consumption, and overall health. But monitoring heart rate of pianists and audience can reveal interesting insights on several other aspects within the musical field. Read more
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Piano News Flash

Selected Clara Schumann
Clara Wieck was a renowned pianist of the 19th century. She enjoyed a successful touring career before and after marrying Robert Schumann, championing music by contemporaries like Chopin, Schumann and Brahms. She also taught extensively, both privately and at renowned conservatories in Leipzig and Frankfurt.
Read at gramophone.co.uk
Hear Yuja Wang Live at Waldbuhne
On June 22, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko bring the season to a close with Ravel's thrilling Bolero under the starry Berlin sky at the Waldbuhne. Pianist Yuja Wang performs Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto, while Ravel's Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé whisks listeners away to a mythological idyll.
Read at digitalconcerthall.com
Ilya Schmukler Wins Geza Anda Competition
Ilya Shmukler, a piano student of Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University's International Center for Music, won the top prize at the Concours Geza Anda 2024 in Zurich, Switzerland on June 8. He also received four additional awards, including the Audience Prize and the Mozart-Prize.
Read at park.edu
Pianist Stott's Last Performance
Having cherished a remarkable career as a concert pianist, Kathryn Stott will cease public performances. She intends to continue mentoring young musicians, recognizing them as the future of the art. She remains a highly sought-after teacher at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music.
Read at scotsman.com

Rethinking Liszt with Despax

French pianist Emmanuel Despax joins Petroc Trelawny for a conversation about his latest Liszt album on Signum Records. Despax reveals his personal connection to the composer and shares his unique insights on Liszt's masterpieces, offering a deeper understanding of the music and his own passion for it. Watch now on youtube.com
Levit is German National Pianist
Russian-born pianist Igor Levit has been awarded the German National Prize, a prestigious honor bestowed by the German National Foundation for his outstanding contributions to promoting unity among Germany and Europe, as well as fostering solidarity between nations.
Read at classicalite.com
A Major Take on Mozart
For pianist Orli Shaham, Mozart's piano music has been a lifelong passion. This recording is the culmination of a 40-year journey, delving deeply into the sonatas, uncovering their unique personalities, and unraveling the composer's creative processes and inspirations.
Read at interlude.hk

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Latest Piano Albums


Vardan Mamikonian:
Invitation à la Danse

Vardan Mamikonian devotes this album to pieces linked to the art of dance from different eras and cultures. "Dance has always been a source of entertainment and joy, but it can also represent more sombre occasions, with pomp and grandeur. The Chaconne, for example, has become both tragic and sublime over time... Chopin's Mazurkas can be rustic and folkloric, haunting or lyrical, even dramatic. In short, dance can express diametric opposites and unite those opposites at the same time."
Listen on NML >

Genny Basso:

When Genny Basso listened to his mother playing Neapolitan songs on the piano, a musical passion began that he has continued to cultivate along with his classical training. At some point, however, he realized that the Neapolitan tradition deserved a larger and more exclusive space in his artistic production. "It’s my personal way to thank a unique land, whose everlasting creativity is an unlimited source of inspiration."
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Peter Donohoe:
Granados – Goyescas, Book 1
Albéniz – Iberia, Books 1 & 2

Peter Donohoe discovered Albéniz when working closely with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod in the late 70s. Messiaen's admiration for Albéniz seemed as great as it was for Liszt, Franck, Wagner, Mozart, and Bach. "This inspired a determination on my part to immerse myself for a while in the works of Albéniz … although the immense technical difficulties of his largest-scale work – Iberia – persuaded me to wait for a very long time before performing any of it."
Listen on NML >

William Howard:
Sixteen Nocturnes and a Lantern

William Howard is passionate about the classical piano repertoire, especially from the 19th century, but has also been very active in commissioning new works. This album of Nocturnes by 16 composers – male and female, from Clara Schumann to Francis Poulenc – is closed off with a premiere recording of Howard Skempton's Lantern.
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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