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Recent Articles & News
Wigmore Hall As Schiff's Magic Laboratory
Sir Andras Schiff's eloquence as a teacher and profound insights as a thinker about music make his Masterclass sessions irresistible to participants and audiences alike. Through the course of this event an outstanding young musician, chosen by Sir András himself, will explore some of the repertoire featured in the previous evening's concert. Read more...
International Piano – May/June Issue
A new issue of the magazine International Piano is out! Beatrice Rana, one of the brightest lights in a new generation of young stars, speaks to International Piano about her love of Bach’s Goldberg Variations; Bechstein’s new CEO brings energy and investment to the German piano-maker; our repertoire guide to Liszt’s otherworldly Bénédiction on disc; and Maurizio Pollini at 75. Read more...
What Does a Pianist See?
In this video, eye-tracking glasses are used to show exactly where the gaze of a pianist is directed while playing. A professional concert pianist and his student take turns using the glasses, revealing interesting facts about how experience makes a great difference in terms of effective eye movement, both when playing from memory and from a piano score. Read more...
Belated London Premiere for Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel on International Women’s Day
As part of its special day of programming for International Women’s Day, BBC Radio 3 broadcasted a live performance of the Easter Sonata, a major piano work which until recently had been attributed to Felix Mendelssohn, but is now proved to be the work of his sister Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel. Read more...
Barenboim on Chopin’s Ballade no. 1
Chopin inspires musicians to greater artistry and, as Barenboim says in this video, makes them want to sound as if the music is simply emanating from them as light from a candle. In this ballade, Chopin also takes us on a leisurely stroll through his own private musical world. Read more...
Immersed in Mozart – Roberto Prosseda on Recording the Early Sonatas
The Italian pianist Roberto Prosseda has previously recorded Mendelssohn’s complete piano works. Now he is embarking on a new, slightly less encyclopedic but equally ambitious project, that of recording Mozart’s complete sonatas. Read more...
New Chopin Photo Found!
The Swiss physicist and Chopin connoisseur Alain Kohler, already known for discovering in a private German home a Pleyel piano that once belonged to Frédéric Chopin, has made another sensational find. Kohler, together with Gilles Bencimon of Radio France Internationale, recently announced that they have unearthed a new, previously unknown photograph of Chopin. Read more...
International Piano – Jan/Feb issue is out
In the January-February 2017 issue French superstar pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet brings erudition, insight and boundless energy to his complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas. Jeremy Nicholas can’t help but finding himself bowled over by the Gallic charm and boundless enthusiasm of this unique and stimulating talent. Read more...
Piano News Flash
2017-05-24
Electronic Sound Keeps Getting Better and Better
Imagine having the sound of a Boesendorfer without having to shell out a quarter million dollars. That's Yamaha's claim regarding its new Clavinova. Of particular note is the projected resonance of the electronic sound, which emulates acoustic instruments superbly. Read more at rhinegold.co.uk
2017-05-24
You Can Still Back Gottschalk in Cuba
Five more days to go. Pianist Antonio Iturrioz seeks to embark on a project describing a journey through 150 years of music that started with a 19th Century American pianist-composer visiting Havana and a 21st Century Cuban pianist who came to America telling the story. Read more at crosseyedpianist.com
2017-05-23
Using Old to Make New
Conrad Tao never amalgamates his musical philosophies when it comes to old and new music. Instead, he borrows ideas from his perception of older music to bolster and develop his ideas regarding new music Read more at siouxcityjournal.com
2017-05-22
The Musician as Conduit
Marc-Andre Hamelin makes the point that musicians should never elevate themselves above the composers whose music they play. The music is the thing, after all, maintains Hamelin, and the musician is simply there to act as the 'go-between'. Read more at wbur.org
2017-05-21
All Teachers Should Emulate Her
Imagine being universally judged as the best. Further, imagine that your success and influence are the reasons for such unanimous acclaim. That's Nadia Boulanger, who taught a great many superb musicians in the 20th century. She had the unique ability to cultivate each students personal voice even if the person didn't realize that that voice was. Read more at bbc.com
2017-05-20
Music Education Creates Discerning Citizens
For every teacher who's ever thought his or her efforts would bear no fruit, recent research indicates that music instruction has a more profound effect than we ever thought before. Music students participate in the arts in later life. Read more at psmag.com
2017-05-19
From Budding Pianist to President
Emmanuel Macron was a good enough pianist as a boy for his teachers to imagine him as a touring concert musician. Instead, he went into politics and, in 2017, did his part at keeping destructive right-wing politics from taking over the French government. Read more at npr.org
2017-05-18
Gestures for the World of Music
Almost 80 years ago, the theramin burst onto the scene as an electronic instrument that was controlled by hand gestures. In 2017, the Ultrasonic Raspberry Pi piano borrows from Leon Theremin's creation to allow a performer simply to wave a hand to create cascades of notes. Read more at hackaday.com
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Piano Street Site Updates
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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