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Recent Articles & News
Claire Huangci's Complete Perspective: The Rachmaninoff Preludes
Pianist Claire Huangci, winner of the Geza Anda Competition 2018, just played in New York celebrating the launch of her new Rachmaninoff Preludes album on Berlin Classics. Like her complete Chopin Nocturnes album before that – for the same label – the complete Rachmaninoff 24 Preludes has been received with great acclaim internationally. Piano Street asked the ever touring pianist a few questions about her latest release. Read more...
Digital Piano? Oh No – 100% Analogue!
What happens when innovative acoustical ideas come across a vintage broken piano? Well, Ukrainian musicians transformed it into a unique and completely analog hybrid of 20 different instruments that are each connected and controlled by the piano keys. Read more...
Igor Levit’s Eternal Transcendence: “Life”
Igor Levit’s acclaimed album “Life” has attracted a lot of attention and its selected works have also been included in Levit’s recent recital programs worldwide. This is a profound, versatile and firm reaction to the death and loss of his best friend reflecting inner calm elaborating on an existential level. Read more...
Piano Street’s Top Picks of 2018
We start the new year with a list of highly recommended reading from Piano Street. These are the 12 most read, discussed or shared articles of 2018. Read more...
A Jazz Piano Christmas 2018
The celebration of the holidays is not complete around NPR without the sounds of a jazz piano sprinkling joy and good cheer. This year’s intergenerational program of accomplished pianists reflects both the history of the music and its future. Read more...
NEW MAGAZINE: The World of Piano Competitions
As a collaborating partner, Piano Street is proud to present the first 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. Contributing Editors: Gustav Alink (Alink-Argerich Foundation), Stuart Isacoff, Patrick Jovell (Piano Street), Mario-Felix Vogt, KaJeng Wong. Piano Street is happy to share this first issue with our readers free of charge! Read more...
Ear-opening Explorations: Sabine Liebner plays Stockhausen’s Solo Piano Music
Sabine Liebner’s unfaltering decision to only play music to which she feels an inner affinity has led to her being primarily active as an interpreter of new music. She has premiered many works by contemporary composers and made important contributions performing and recording the music of 20th century composers like John Cage, Morton Feldman and Galina Ustvolskaya. For Liebner, music making is the solitary exploration of unknown terrain. She tries to listen to a score with no preconceptions, to discover its innate musical language. The results are often intriguing, and can sometimes even prove addictive, as in her recording of Stockhausen’s Klavierstücke I-XI. Read more...
Gould's $100.000 Holy Grail
A rare item that belonged to Glenn Gould has sold at auction in New York on December 5th for $100,000 US. The score of Bach’s Goldberg Variations contains the Canadian pianist’s detailed markings used while making his iconic 1981 recording of the piece. Read more...
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Piano News Flash
Jenny Lin Capturing Glass
An excellent, expressive pianist whose large discography includes both standard repertory and contemporary works, Lin recently recorded all 20 of Glass's Piano Etudes (1990-2012), and she included five of them (with a sixth as an encore) on her program. Read more at pressherald.com
The Music Typewriter
There are several Keaton music typewriters thought to be in existence in museums and private collections. It was marketed in the 1950s and sold for around $225. The typewriter made it easier for publishers, educators, and other musicians to produce music copies in quantity. Composers, however, preferred to write the music out by hand. Read more at mymodernmet.com
The Schiff Piano Lecture-Recitals Go Bach
Sir Andras Schiff continues his series of lecture-concerts dedicated to the works of Bach. Next week Schiff explores another of the Baroque master's iconic scores: the first part of the Well-Tempered Clavier. Read more at barenboimsaid.de
Lang Lang's Advocacy
At The Global Awards 2019, pianist Lang Lang spoke out about the lack of music education in state schools - and warns the industry is missing out as a result. Speaking to an audience of more than 3,000 people at Hammersmith's Eventim Apollo, he said: "In our world, music lessons have become a real challenge." Read more at classicfm.com
It's Piano Day 2019!
On the year's 88th day it's Piano Day. Founded by Nils Frahm back in 2015, the events start on the 88th day of the year, just like the number of keys on the instrument. The international events start in Long Beach on March 22. Read more at pianoday.org
The Ten Top Romantics
Five out of ten Top Romantic composers of the Gramophone list were explicitly piano composers. So, who are they? Read more at gramophone.co.uk
Mighty Pianist Lineup in Verbier
In addition to more than 50 main stage concerts, the Festival also presents over 100 affordable and free events which offer audiences the chance to explore classical music. Read more at pianistmagazine.com
Pianist Denk on 7 Centuries of Music
Hear pianist Jeremy Denk on his odyssey recording on seven centuries of music and how the language of music evolved over time. Read more at npr.org
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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
Alexander Ullman:
The Nutcracker/Petrushka/Cinderella/The Firebird

Winner of the 2017 Franz Liszt Competition, Alexander Ullman now appears at many of the world’s great venues. For his debut album Alexander has chosen a virtuoso programme of Russian ballet repertoire arranged for the piano.
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Elena Margolina:
Tchaikovsky - Grand Sonata/The Seasons

Elena Margolina has received high praise for her Schubert recordings on the label ARS Production. Now she turns to Tchaikovsky’s popular The Seasons, and his lesser known Grand Sonata, regarded as the first important piano sonata in Russian musical history.
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Peter Donohoe:

Since winning a Silver Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982, Peter Donohoe has built a world-wide career, encompassing a huge repertoire. Here he couples Mussorgsky’s 19th century masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition with works by Ravel and Messiaen, both influenced by Mussorgsky’s innovations.
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Khatia Buniatishvili:

Khatia Buniatishvili has been praised for her velvet-toned pianissimos as well as her tremendous power, and faultless technique. Her first Schubert album includes the composer’s monumental last Piano Sonata and the immensely popular 4 Impromptus D. 899.
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