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Recent Articles & News
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...
What’s Inside Steinway’s Secret Vault?
To get inside Steinways’s new secret addition to their New York Factory, you must be invited. “The Vault” has over $3 million in exotic veneers, waiting for the right buyer at the right time. Read more...
Alexander Gadjiev – To Save the World
Our meeting took place in Krefeld, at Kawai – the Japanese make of piano with which Alexander Gadjiev has become so familiar since his success at the Hamamatsu competition. Now his career is really taking off in Europe too: Gadjiev is a BBC New Generation Artist until the end of 2021 and is also one of the 25 chosen contestants at the upcoming 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition, 17-29 June in Moscow. Read more...
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Piano News Flash
2019-10-16
The Planets on Piano
Holst composed The Planets using a Broadwood grand piano, writing by hand as two pianists - Nora Day and Vally Lasker – played the score back to Holst in a preliminary four-handed keyboard version. Read more at classicfm.com
2019-10-15
Another Epic Jarrett?
"Through a series of brilliant solo performances and recordings that demonstrate his utterly spontaneous creativity, Keith Jarrett has simultaneously lifted piano improvisation as an art form to new, unimaginable heights." Read more at udiscovermusic.com
2019-10-15
Pianist Haochen Zhang Plays
"Praised as an artist of "rare talent"(Gramophone) whose playing is "dazzling" (The Washington Post), Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang visited the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio ahead of his return engagement as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra." Read more at wrti.org
2019-10-14
Pianist Joins "Baguette" Club
The Paris Chamber Orchestra has this week announced the appointment of German pianist and conductor Lars Vogt as its new Music Director - effective from July 2020. Read more at pianistmagazine.com
2019-10-13
A Tragic Genius
"Geoffrey Tozer might have had a different life and certainly towards the end a better life had we cared more as a community and as a society about what happens to our artists." Read more at brisbanetimes.com.au
2019-10-12
Made in Corea
"My life is generated from my touring and my gigs because that's where my survival is. I travel and I play. Antidote is the first real studio record that I've made in 20 or 30 years. It's been all live recordings as long as I can remember." Read more at stereophile.com
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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
2019-10-04
Lucas Debargue:
Scarlatti - Keyboard Sonatas


Lucas Debargue, winner of the coveted Moscow Music Critic’s Prize at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, presents a rich, personal selection of 52 Scarlatti sonatas on 4 CD:s. “Here are Baroque, pre-Classical and Classical elements, but the legitimacy of these terms pales before the timelessness of these pieces”.
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2019-10-04
Freddy Kempf:
Prokofiev - Piano Sonatas 3, 8 & 9


Freddy Kempf was the youngest winner in the history of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, and won third prize in the 1998 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition (provoking protests from the audience and the Russian press, who wanted him to win first prize). He has previously recorded four of Prokofiev’s sonatas, and now adds another three to his discography.
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2019-10-04
Benjamin Hochman:
Mozart - Piano Concertos 17 & 24


The masterpieces on this recording are two of Mozart’s greatest and most highly contrasting piano concertos. It is hard to imagine a more joyful concerto than K453, or a more tragic one than K491. Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011, Benjamin Hochman now performs as conductor and pianist with the world’s leading orchestras.
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2019-10-02
Gugnin, Kholodenko, Geniušas:
Dedication to Vera Gornostayeva


Gornostaeva was a professor at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, renowned for having trained about 50 prize winners of international piano competitions. This album was recorded live at a concert in her memory, featuring three of her former students: Andrei Gugnin, Vadim Kholodenko, and Lukas Geniušas, who is also Gornostayeva’s grandchild.
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