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Recent Articles & News
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...
Through Nupen’s Eyes: Young Legends Play Mozart
On 11 March 1966, two great young pianists appeared together in public for the first time: Daniel Barenboim and Vladimir Ashkenazy played Mozart's Concerto for two pianos at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon. Looking in the back mirror we realize the unique importance of this performance hi-lighting the two young pianists in the middle of building world famous careers. Read more...
German Piano Award 2019
Frankfurt Musikmesse kicked off its 2019 edition by presenting the 9th edition of The International German Piano Award’s Grand-Prix-Final Concerts. This year’s winner in the finals at Alte Oper Frankfurt on March 31 was South Korean pianist Jeung Beum Sohn. Read more...
Build a Paper Piano with Nintendo Labo!
Not enough space for a piano? A foldable paper piano may solve that particular problem but don’t expect to play your favourite piano pieces on it. Read more...
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Piano News Flash
Decoding Beethoven
"Our approach exemplifies the growing research field of digital humanities, in which data-science methods and digital technologies are used to advance our understanding of real-world sources, such as literary texts, music, or paintings under new digital perspectives." Read more at arstechnica.com
Best Bach Transcribed?
The BBC Music Magazine team names their favourite interpretations and transcribed arrangements of works by the Baroque legend. Read more at classical-music.com
Quantity Vs. Quality
A study of violinists found that merely good players practised as much as, if not more than, better players, leaving other factors such as quality of tuition, learning skills and perhaps natural talent to account for the difference. Read more at theguardian.com
Can The Teacher Be Replaced?
The piano is especially suited for online instruction and visualization of sounds because each key on the keyboard represents a specific music note, making it clear when the student makes a mistake in finger position. Read more at nikkei.com
Hough's Royal Prom
The major virtue of Hough's playing here was to showcase the harplike qualities of the royal instrument - unsurprising from the major French manufacturers of the harp. Read more at theartsdesk.com
Giant Steps Down
Radu Lupu, now 73, last recorded in the mid-1990s, absent from social media and refusing to be interviewed. His health has been in decline resulting in an increased frequency of cancelled appearances. Read more at rhinegold.co.uk
Learning Piano Quickly?
It is true, you can learn to play a one-handed simple tune quite quickly, but it is another achievement entirely to be able to tackle a Bach fugue or play an Oscar Peterson transcription. Read more at cmuse.org
An Unhappy Ending Story?
Pianos had gone from cutting-edge entertainment services to antique, in three generations. Not a single piano factory remains in London. Read more at ft.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
Michael Kirkendoll:
Acting Like a Pianist

This album is the first of a planned multi-volume exploration of the exciting repertoire for “theatrical pianist”, and features two monuments in the genre by Frederic Rzewski: De Profundis (1992, based on Oscar Wilde’s prison letter De Profundis), and Marriage (2008, based on Leo Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata).
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Danae Dörken:
East and West

After having previously recorded solo works by C P E Bach, Schumann and Janácek, Danae Dörken releases an album fusing western piano compositions by Schubert, Grieg, Poulenc and de Falla with pieces by eastern composers such as Chopin, Bartók and the Greek composer Manolis Kalomiris.
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Matthias Veit:
Notturno - Music of Light and Shadows

Like on his previous albums “Micromania” and “Dialogue without Words”, Matthias Veit forms a cycle of diverse works by various composers. Excerpts from George Crumb’s monumental cycle Makrokosmos are planted in the midst of of Chopin‘s and Scriabin‘s romantic music, and Debussy‘s impressionism.
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Viviane Goergen:
Pianistic Miniatures by Female Composers

On this album, Viviane Goergen explores repertoire composed by women such as Mel Bonis, Germaine Tailleferre, Marie Jaëll, and others. Most of the composers were born in the 19th century; the tonal language ranges from romantic to moderately modern.
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