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Recent Articles & News

An exciting piano event starts today in the Netherlands. The 2022 edition of Liszt Utrecht opens its doors with a set of novelties. The event has chosen to delete the word “competition” from its name and has subsequently introduced a number of themes in a most innovative manner. Read more
The list of renowned pianists who have also conducted is long; Barenboim, Schiff, Ushida, Pletnev, Kahane, Anda, Solti and Bernstein. Is conducting from the piano "real conducting”, and what training do you need to be able to do it? The new project ”Conducting from the Piano” by the Géza Anda Foundation in Zurich offers masterclasses and rehearsals with orchestra for pianists wanting to take on the double role of soloist and conductor. Read more
The 18th edition of the Chopin and His Europe Festival is presently taking place in Warsaw. This year 30 concerts are scheduled, and among them piano recitals by numerous outstanding pianists, including laureates of the Chopin Competition. Among these, Bruce Liu, the winner of the 2021 Competition. Read more
Last year, the completely new Pleyel instruments from the Algam company, which bought the brand in 2007, was presented to distributors. For the first time since Pleyel was founded in 1807, its pianos are made outside Europe. Read more
Zlata Chochieva, famous for her recording of the complete Chopin Etudes, commented that violinist Augustin Hadelich’s performance of a Nocturne on the violin was ‘the most beautiful Chopin’ she ever heard. In this interview, Hadelich, who happens to be an excellent pianist as well, talks about his love for the violin and the piano. Read more
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Piano News Flash

Pianist Neuberger in India
While in India pianist Jean-Frederic Neuberger functions as conductor but will also feature as the piano soloist in Beethoven's Triple Concerto. "Music is a difficult form, you have to anticipate, feel and understand. It's the way of working as a musician and it's a continuous process."
Read at freepressjournal.in
Pianist's Classical and Jazz Mix
Matt Herskowitz explains how he mixes his classical training with his passion for jazz - a combination of what he picked up at Juilliard and from playing jazz on the side.
Read at ktoo.org
The Chopin Competition Awarded
The Chopin Institute has been awarded the prestigious Cremona Musica Award for the communication and outreach of the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
Read at facebook.com
Guatemalan Piano
Pianist Medina Romero is focused on returning home and teaching the next generation of pianists, hosting festivals and competitions. "The exchange of knowledge is something we desperately need in Guatemala if we want to bring our music to the international stage."
Read at lynn.edu
Healing Through Music
Pianist and composer Chad Lawson says his biggest audience sits in the 18 to 28 age group and his work has already been streamed some 500 million times worldwide.
Read at npr.org
Piano Sees a New Life
Originally found in an old barn in Pokeno, Waikato in the late 1950s, a rare 137-year-old Ibach grand piano has been rescued and restored for an upcoming Performing Arts Competition.
Read at odt.co.nz
The Street Piano Phenomenon
BBCs new reality TV documentary "The Piano" tracks down 20 undiscovered keyboard talents who will be led all the way to a London concert finale. Opening rounds were filmed at four mainline stations around the UK.
Read at theguardian.com

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Eva Poblocka, Recital
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Latest Piano Albums


Myriam Barbaux-Cohen:
Mel Bonis – Piano Works

Mélanie Bonis studied accompaniment, harmony, and composition at the Paris Conservatoire, where she shared the benches with Claude Debussy and received tuition from César Franck. She wrote more than 300 works, including many piano pieces, but was too modest for self-promotion, and even her admirers at the time could not overlook her gender. Saint-Saëns famously exclaimed: "I never imagined a woman could write such music!"
Listen on NML >

Natalia Sokolovskaya:
Chopin – Nocturnes, Vol. 1

This is Natalia Sokolovskaya's third album for the OnClassical label, and the first volume in a complete survey of Chopin's Nocturnes. It contains the first ten Nocturnes and the famous C-sharp minor Nocturne opus posthumous. As a bonus for audiophiles, there is a second CD with the same pieces and the same takes, but recorded with a different microphone.
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Maria Gabrys-Henke:
Mikuli, Michalowski – Piano Works

Karol Mikuli and Alexander Michalowski are best known for being two of the greatest early experts on Chopin's music – Mikuli even studied with Chopin and was often the first one to hear his works. Among Mikuli’s own students, Aleksander Michalowski was the most influential in creating the Polish school of Chopin playing. Their original compositions were heavily influenced by Chopin, which can be heard on this album, recorded at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
Listen on NML >

Louis Lortie & Hélène Mercier:
Debussy – Piano Duets

Regular duo partners Hélène Mercier and Louis Lortie have recorded an all-Debussy program, featuring original piano duets as well as a number of arrangements of Debussy's solo piano pieces, and a two-piano version of his best-known orchestral work, La Mer. The album was recorded on Bösendorfer's newest model, the 280 "Vienna Concert" grand piano.
Listen on NML >