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Recent Articles & News
Resonance Piano – Recreating Piano Sound
The 98 kilograms Resonance Piano is not an instrument in the traditional sense, but a grand piano designed soundboard functioning as a digital piano’s ”amplifier”. Its creators, the Italian company Ciresa, have played an important role as manufacturers of loudspeakers and piano soundboards since the 1970s – their clients include giants like Bechstein, Blüthner, Förster, and Fazioli. Read more...
The Piano Experience Fest
Now an established and important annual event, Cremona Musica once again opened its doors and welcomed a huge number of visitors to experience an extraordinary 180 events program of concerts, lectures, manufacturers exhibits, round-table discussions along with lovely touristic venues in beautiful Cremona – city of violins. Read more...
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...
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Piano News Flash
Wakeman's Santa Clausing
"The music is partly from his new solo piano album Christmas Portraits (Sony Classical), plus tunes from his own back catalogue, notably Piano Odyssey, and songs by Bowie, the Beatles and others." Read more at theartsdesk.com
The Beethoven Competition Line-up
"This time, there is a two-part finale. In part one, on December 13, the three finalists will perform a piano trio by Ludwig van Beethoven and a composition dating from after 1980..." Read more at dw.com
Richter Hits a Million Sales
Max Richter has rejigged his alliance with Universal Music. His recordings of new works will be released through the major's London-based Decca division, which already works with the composer on his publishing. Read more at udiscovermusic.com
Dead Composers' Medium
"As she sat at her piano, Brown said she became aware of her hands being taken over for a few bars and then, at Liszt's instruction, she wrote down the notes. Other dead composers presented their proverbial calling cards..." Read more at theguardian.com
Late Brahms With Hough
"By the end of his life you get a window into all the regret. We hear the work of an old person looking back at what might have been. I find it incredibly touching." Read more at broadwayworld.com
A Healthy Struggle
"Learning to play an instrument, from a brain science perspective, is extraordinarily difficult. Why? Because the ENTIRE experience is inherently a struggle." Read more at cbc.ca
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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
Heidi Louise Williams:
Beyond the Sound

Charles Tomlinson Griffes’s fiercely rhapsodic Sonata was the first to claim historic stature in twentieth-century American piano music. And Barber’s Sonata, written in close association with Vladimir Horowitz, paved the way for other mid-twentieth-century American piano sonatas, like the ones by George Walker and Carlisle Floyd also featured on this album.
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Alexey Sychev:
Liszt - Piano Music

Alexey Sychev won 1st prize, Audience prize, and a special prize for the best performance of the Liszt Sonata at the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition Weimar-Bayreuth in 2015. Here is his performance of the Sonata and other Liszt pieces, recorded live in Verona during the 2019 Aevea Piano Prize.
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Dmitry Masleev:
Rapid Movement

The new album by Tchaikovsky Competition winner Dmitry Masleev features Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 alongside the Jazz Suite by Alexander Tsfasman. Shostakovich and Tsfasman enjoyed an artistic friendship: Tsfasman consulted with Shostakovich on the orchestration of his themes, while Shostakovich sought Tsfasman’s opinion on his own forays into jazz.
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Duo Chaplin-Roggeri:
Les Années Folles

Hear Marcela Roggeri and François Chaplin recreate the spirit of Paris, with a selection of works by Ravel, Gershwin, Poulenc and others. “Les années folles” (The Crazy Years) refers to the 1920s, when Paris became a symbol of the avant-garde and was home to such iconic figures as Picasso, Diaghilev, Stravinsky, Coco Chanel, Charlie Chaplin, and Erik Satie.
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