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2019-09-24 00:00:00
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.

2019-09-22 00:00:00
Piano Practice and the 10,000-hour Rule


2019-09-05 00:00:00
The Jurmala Festival – First Edition


2019-07-31 00:00:00
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.

2019-06-28 00:00:00
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.

2019-06-23 00:00:00
What’s Inside Steinway’s Secret Vault?


2019-04-10 00:00:00
German Piano Award 2019


2019-03-28 00:00:00
Build a Paper Piano with Nintendo Labo!


2018-12-31 00:00:00
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.

2018-12-23 00:00:00
A Jazz Piano Christmas 2018


2018-12-21 00:00:00
NEW MAGAZINE: The World of Piano Competitions


2018-12-18 00:00:00
Gould's $100.000 Holy Grail


2018-11-28 00:00:00
The Brain's Piano Spot Discovered
Brain mapping has come far in the world and we can read a lot about recent research in this area. Scientists have for instance been able to map the mutual brain connections utilized in language development and musical training. A newly-charted region in the human brain, which so far has not been seen in other animals, may be responsible for extremely fine motor control such as our unique ability to play piano.

2018-11-27 00:00:00
Paderewski Festival Celebrating Poland's Past And Present
The annual international music festival celebrating the legacy of Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) opened in Warsaw in late October and is now running for almost a month. This year the event also marks the centennial of national independence, which Poland regained after World War I. Piano Street's Patrick Jovell visited the festival in Warsaw and the Paderewski Birthday Celebration Concert.

2018-11-22 00:00:00
Build a LEGO Piano to Learn About Basic Piano Mechanics!
The Concert Grand Piano, one of the most complex instruments of all time, is now in Lego form. Built entirely from 2798 authentic LEGO bricks, it accurately captures the mechanical details of a real piano.

2018-09-02 14:00:00
Another International Chopin Competition - on Period Instruments
The event started on 2 September, and thirty pianists aged 18 to 34 have played in the first round. They are playing on pianos from the collections of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute (Erards, Pleyels, and Broadwoods from the mid 19th century), as well as originals and copies of period instruments brought in by European restorers and collectors.

2018-08-08 00:00:00
Follow The Leeds International Piano Competition Online
Audiences can now enjoy the First Round performances of the 24 competitors who were selected from among 68 First Round pianists to go through to the next round in Leeds in September. Their progress can then be followed through 8 days of free live webcasts of the final rounds in Leeds between 6 to 15 September.

2018-06-23 00:00:00
The ABRSM 2019 & 2020 Going for Variety
The new 2019 & 2020 piano syllabus along with Piano Exam Pieces (grades 1-8) is released and promises 100% refreshed repertoire.

2018-05-23 00:00:00
Comfort and Beauty - Rethinking the Piano Bench
Poised with a contemporary air and pure timeless beauty, the creations of piano bench designer and maker Mario Koch were conspicuously present at the Frankfurt Musikmesse 2018. Under the trademark MAKONI visitors were given a chance to indulge in a different world of the piano's best friend and companion; the piano bench.

2018-05-15 00:00:00
International Piano - May/June issue
From transcriptions by Liszt and Busoni to new commissions from her own contemporaries, the brilliant young French pianist Lise de la Salle tells IP how J S Bach has inspired her programming across three centuries of piano repertoire; the revolutionary role of the piano in the French protests of 1968; and do technical terms deter listeners?

2018-03-04 00:00:00
International Piano - March/April issue
Pianistic polymath Pierre-Laurent Aimard brings a spirit of adventure to Messiaen's Catalogue d'oiseaux; Paul Roberts explores Debussy's fascination with visual imagery in the composer's centenary year; IP celebrates the 80th birthday of virtuoso and activist Frederic Rzewski; and rare treats at Husum's annual piano festival in northern Germany.

2018-01-31 00:00:00
Pianist Magazine Celebrates 100 Issues
Not only Claude Debussy and Leonard Bernstein celebrate centennials this year, but also the London based Pianist Magazine which celebrated its 100th issue on January 26. Pianist Magazine is one of the most widespread and appreciated sources in the international piano world today. We called the magazine's editor Erica Worth not only to congratulate, but also to ask her a couple of questions.

2018-01-16 00:00:00
The Art of Cultivation - A Music and Friendship Bootcamp for Young Pianists
On the shores of Lake Maggiore, in the municipality of Laveno-Mombello, stands Villa Caterina, a very special house with very special guests. Here they all meet and study: PianoFriends, a musical association founded by Vincenzo Balzani and Catia Iglesias. The aim is perfecting the musical training of piano talents and to offer them multiple opportunities to perform in concert.

2017-06-21 00:00:00
Mozart Can Tell the Difference
For the first time in the history of The Cliburn Competition, semifinalists were required to perform a Mozart concerto. This was not only based on the fact that the Cliburn Foundation's CEO Jacques Marquis is a classical concerto fan, but rather from the aim of judging how competitors show musical maturity and the delicate world of the Austrian master.

2017-06-07 00:00:00
What's New in The Cliburn 2017?
The final round of quadrennial Van Cliburn Competition kicked off on Monday. The competition has moved into the 21st century. There are simulcasts on the competition's website and the French classical music website medici.tv. Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe host the festivities.

2017-03-08 18:00:00
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.

2017-01-05 19:18:51
Congratulations Maurizio Pollini 75!
On January 5th the Italian pianist celebrated his 75th birthday. Countless, celebrated concert performances are behind him along with awards and recordings. Piano Street congratulates one of the great pianists of our time and shares a lovely filmed portrait on his life.

2016-10-27 08:23:30
Murray Perahia's Major Transfer
Perahia releases his first album for Deutsche Grammophon presenting Bach' French Suites. He sees the French Suites as "Bach on the highest level", adding, "I don't think Bach wrote one note that didn't have wider meanings and that wasn't to be tackled with all one's heart and soul."

2016-10-10 08:45:47
Italian and International Excellence in Cremona
Piano Street visited Cremona last weekend to meet with Italian and international pianists and piano brand representatives at the Piano Experience.

2016-02-18 15:26:12
Google Builds One-Tone Piano
In their most recent "Be together - not the same" commercial for Android, Google doesn't exactly choose the easy way of hammering home their message about the beauty of diversity. The video shows the pianist Ji playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata on two different instruments, one normal piano and one that Google modified to have all 88 strings tuned to middle C.

2016-02-12 13:12:40
Visit Piano Street at Music Education Expo 2016 in London!
Music Education Expo is the one event in the year when thousands of people involved in music education come together to share ideas and celebrate good practice. Piano Street will present new educational material at stand J16 at the exhibition. We hope to see you there!

2016-01-21 11:01:29
The 2015 Nobel Prize Concert Featured Daniil Trifonov


2015-12-22 21:08:23
250 New Piano Pieces for Beethoven Premiering in Bonn
As a part of the world teaming up for the great Beethoven anniversary celebration in 2020, German and Bonn based pianist Susanne Kessel has invited composers from all over the world to write a piano piece for Ludwig van Beethoven.

2015-10-20 21:23:56
Warsaw: The Most Influential Piano Competition Enters Its Grand Finale
Every five years the whole pianistic world moves to Warsaw and the International Chopin Piano Competition. Watch the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition live or in replay on YouTube and discover the piano stars of tomorrow.

2015-04-07 19:27:25
World's biggest piano helps funding an even bigger piano
The Klavins-Piano Model 370 is a one-of-its-kind instrument. Its soundboard has twice the size of a concert grand of 2,75 m and it weighs 2 tons. In this video you will meet piano maker and experimentalist David Klavins in his workshop in Stuttgart and climb the stairs up to the world's biggest piano.

2014-12-31 12:58:36
Happy New Year! Top Picks of 2014
We wish all piano fans a Happy New Year with a list of highly recommended reading from Piano Street's Classical Piano Blog. These are the 10 most read, discussed or shared articles of 2014.

2014-12-09 12:21:50
Hear Daniil Trifonov live from Carnegie Hall!
Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent to classical stardom. Today, Medici TV offers the chance to watch a streaming live performance on their website and also up to 90 days after the event.

2014-10-07 10:21:02
A Major Mozart Discovery
Four pages from Mozart's original manuscript for the Piano Sonata in A major, K 331 (whose last movement is the well-known "Turkish March") has been found in Budapest. There are many interesting details to consider in terms of slurs, dynamics and even some occasional notes that differs from the first published edition.

2014-05-08 08:53:15
The TransAcoustic Piano - Silent Piano Technology Taken One Step Further
While the Silent Piano concept is essentially two different instruments, an acoustic and a digital piano built in one unit, Yamaha has now brought the concepts together combining the two worlds in an attempt to create a completely new kind of experience.

2013-12-03 14:50:19
Pleyel Turns the Last Page?
A Pleyel was Chopin's favorite piano; he once said, "when I'm feeling energetic and strong enough to find my own sound, I need a Pleyel piano." After more than 200 years producing 250,000 of the highest-quality pianos in the French tradition, Pleyel will be closing the doors of its one remaining factory.

2013-11-05 10:20:47
Pianist Lang Lang appointed UN Messenger of Peace
Ever since he founded the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in 2008, Mr. Lang has committed himself to raising the level of music education to a higher level. Capitalizing on the popularity of the pianist Lang Lang, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on October 28 designated the world-renowned Chinese as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on global education.

2013-11-02 11:58:03
Samsung Smashes Haydn in Gothenburg
At a concert in Gothenburg Concert Hall October 23, 2013, pianist and conductor Christian Zacharias stopped playing in the middle of Haydn's D major Piano Concerto, interrupted by an audience member's cell phone ringing for the second time the same concert.

2013-10-14 10:33:10
Steinway Update: Code Name “Edelweiss” Outbid by a True Piano Lover
The calculation was apparently rather simple for the new owner - he loves Steinway's pianos, so why not buy the whole company? We suggest that next step for the new owner, John Paulson, would be to learn to play his pianos.

2013-04-05 11:25:34
Breaking News: Mysterious Mozart Cadenza Identified!


2013-03-27 12:08:08
Piano Street at the Music Education Expo 2013 in London
The first event of its kind ever in the UK, Music Education Expo took place at the Barbican Centre in London on 20-21 March 2013, hosting over 3000 visitors and 120 exhibitors.Piano Street was there to show the latest features, such as the Audiovisual Study Tool (AST) as well as other new features.

2012-09-05 10:58:50
Imagine Owning a Part of Music History
Want to own a white grand piano just like the one John Lennon had and played in the famous video for his song Imagine? Or maybe you rather want to own Lennon's estate in Weybridge which is now up for sale?

2012-04-11 13:19:59
Another Reason to Keep the Piano Lid Open


2012-03-29 19:21:09
Mr. Taylor's Double Vision


2012-03-25 18:09:34
New Piano Piece by Mozart!
A previously unknown piece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was performed for the first time on Friday, March 23. It was found in a 160 page handwritten notebook, thought to be written by Mozart's father, in an attic in Tyrol, Austria.

2012-01-25 17:33:16
New Piano Piece by Brahms Discovered in $158,500 Album - Free Piano Score
A piano score of the recently discovered piano piece by Johannes Brahms, Albumblatt in A minor, has been published in an Urtext edition. Download, print and play!

2011-01-30 07:09:33
The Pollini Project - charting the development of piano music from Bach to Boulez
Maurizio Pollini, appearing as part of the International Piano Series at London's South Bank, will perform five recitals between January and May of music from Bach to modernism, described as "personal journey through four centuries of piano repertoire".

2010-10-22 14:06:18
Steinway & Sons Announces New Record Label
Steinway & Sons recently announced the launch of its new record label. The first release on this label, Bach On A Steinway, features keyboard masterworks by J. S. Bach as performed by pianist Jeffrey Biegel, whose extensive embellishments and ornaments in a Baroque style give the recording a unique flavor.

2010-09-17 11:55:00
Looking for Sources?
The Juilliard Manuscript Collection may be viewed by an unlimited number of performers, scholars, and music-lovers worldwide. Forty-two composers are represented in the online presentation of the Juilliard Manuscript Collection.

2010-08-24 08:41:42
Bocconcini was not a Composer
The British may be a nation of music lovers, but they are clueless when it comes to classical composers, a survey revealed today. One in three people (33%) have never listened to classical music and 4% of those surveyed wrongly identified Bocconcini - small Italian cheese balls - as a composer.

2010-08-10 19:27:30
Piano Played by Mozart Discovered in Germany
An early piano believed to have been played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has surfaced in Germany and could be worth millions of euros, a radio station reported.

2010-07-26 13:03:57
The Future of the Recording Industry: Is There One?
The record label Naxos has gone from budget outsider to industry leader in its 20-plus years of existence. But what does the future hold for any record label at a time when CD sales are plummeting and downloads are stagnant?

2010-05-19 21:07:39
Chopin iPhone App features New Recordings
The Chopin Project announced the initial release of 20 exclusive new recordings, including many Chopin rarities via The Chopin Project iPhone App.

2010-05-07 06:48:29
Joining the Dots - New Sight Reading Material
ABRSM presents a new book series for students. Joining the Dots offers pianists lots of material to help build confidence and skill in sight-reading.

2010-04-29 21:45:07
Volcano Brought Chopin to Orange County


2009-11-15 15:45:08
First Woman to Win the Leeds Piano Competition
Russia's Sofya Gulyak was awarded the 1st prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the Sixteenth Leeds International Piano Competition - the first woman to achieve this distinction in the history of the competition.

2008-11-05 12:46:22
A Bösendorfer Grand by Porsche?


2008-09-18 11:40:15
New Mozart Piece Found in France
A French museum has found a previously unknown piece of music handwritten by Mozart. The melody sketch is missing the harmony and instrumentation but was described as an important find.

Interviews

2018-08-24 00:00:00
The Art of Visionary Discovery - Interview with Enrico Pompili


2018-05-28 09:00:00
Zlata Chochieva: As an artist, you have to be unique
Zlata Chochieva is a unique pianist of the highest calibre. From Salzburg, where she lives and teaches at the Mozarteum, she enchants music-lovers all over the world with her exceptional artistry, combining natural musical expression with outstanding and self-evident technical ability.

2018-03-16 00:00:00
The Whole Picture Through the Debussy Lense


2017-01-31 11:23:00
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.

2016-12-28 11:10:50
Piano Music to Cleanse the Soul - Pietro De Maria on Bach's 48


2016-07-29 13:51:15
Elisabeth Leonskaja In Conversation


2016-03-24 16:12:33
Valentina Lisitsa on Searching for the Rachmaninoff Affinity


2015-03-02 13:57:00
How to Prepare for a Piano Competition - an Interview with Mariam Batsashvili
Soon after the 10th International Franz Liszt Competition Utrecht, Piano Street's guest writer Alexander Buskermolen spoke to its most recent winner: the Georgian 21 year old pianist Mariam Batsashvili. The main theme for this interview with the first female winner of this particular competition in The Netherlands: how to prepare for a competition and what happens if you win? Mariam Batsashvili should know.

2014-12-16 12:08:24
Kathleen Supové Redefining the Pianist as Art


2014-08-28 13:13:18
Kissin Breathing Fresh Air
Striking a very special chord for many world class performers the Verbier festival just completed its 21st edition. A regular guest artist there, pianist Evgeny Kissin believes it's crucial to combine rest with work because it helps the performer to regain lost focus.

2014-06-13 19:10:49
Simplicity Meets Complexity in Denk's Piano Boot Camp


2013-06-27 09:19:46
Master Technician Peter Salisbury on Piano Sound and the Magic Ingredient in Quality Grands
During a recent visit to South Bank Centre in London to find out more about "double action" pianos, Piano Street's Patrick Jovell had a chance to speak with the in-house piano technician Peter Salisbury about the current situation on the concert grand piano market.

2013-04-12 13:13:25
Hannes Minnaar: The Path to Becoming a Concert Pianist
In part two of the three-part special on building a career as a professional pianist, Piano Street's guest writer Alexander Buskermolen spoke with Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar about his education, vision on personal musical development, and the challenges he faces as an international performer.

2013-03-29 17:11:27
The Case of Ravel
In this exclusive interview pianist Paul Roberts talks about his new book Reflections and the search for pathways into the core of musical interpretation.

2012-10-31 14:38:27
Enter a World of Musical Sculptures
Music visualization, as a tool for multisensory learning, often occurs in pedagogical discussions. Piano Street got the chance to talk to audio visual artist Andy Fillebrown about his Musical Sculptures.

2010-09-24 08:45:59
Exciting Time Travels - Exclusive Interview with Ronald Brautigam
Ronald Brautigam talks to Piano Street's Patrick Jovell about his love and interest in period instruments as well as the modern grand piano.

2009-02-12 20:45:29
Pianist Gloria Cheng Wins Grammy
Gloria Cheng, recent Grammy winner of the Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra) for "Piano Music of Salonen, Stucky and Lutoslawski" talks to Patrick Jovell, Piano Street (proud UCLA alum.).

Features

2018-03-25 00:00:00
A Debussy 100 Tribute
The great French composer Achille-Claude Debussy died 100 years ago, on March 25 in Paris. Debussy is considered one of the fathers of modern music and the most influential of all French composers. From Debussy's Suite bergamasque, Clair de lune has emerged as the most beloved and appreciated piece of the suite appreciated by pianists on all levels. From the beautiful interiors of Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia, Rome we hear Italian pianist Alessandra Ammara play the piece.

2017-12-20 07:00:00
A Glimmering Christmas Celebration from Kennedy Center
A wonderous pianistic display of female artists and piano jazz styles, NPR present A Jazz Piano Christmas - the annual holiday tradition featuring four celebrated jazz pianists performing their favorite seasonal music.

2017-04-03 00:00:00
Now is the Hour by Christopher Norton
Following the successful Eastern Preludes collection by the composer Christopher Norton, the Pacific Preludes are now set to be released on April 4. Piano Street's Patrick Jovell talked to Christopher Norton, who gives us an exclusive glimpse into his compositional world. He is also generously offering Piano Street Gold members the score to Prelude no. 7 "Now is the Hour" as well as an instructive manual for how to practice the piece.

2017-01-01 13:51:34
Top Picks of 2016
We wish you a Happy New Year with a list of highly recommended reading from Piano Street's Classical Piano Blog. These are the 10 most read, discussed or shared articles of 2016.

2016-12-29 20:26:00
New Year's Eve Celebration in the Berlin Philharmonie - LIVE STREAM
Thanks to a continuous collaboration with the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall, all Piano Street members enjoyed free access to the Digital Concert Hall before the champagne corks poped to celebrate the turn of the year. We experienced first-class virtuosic piano playing when Daniil Trifonov stepped up to the podium at the New Year's Eve concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

2016-11-18 11:09:18
Beauty and Hope in the 21st Century
The recently published compilation "Beauty and Hope in the 21st Century" contains contemporary solo piano pieces from many internationally renowned composers. Nikolas Sideris and Editions Musica Ferrum generously give access to complete scores of new piano pieces from the compilation that are available to download and print for Piano Street members.

2015-07-16 15:41:38
Famous Composers Alive and Just a Click Away
That a recording exists of the voice of Tchaikovsky tantalizes the imagination. If there is a Tchaikovsky recording on an Edison cylinder, might there not also be, hidden away in a dusty shoebox in an attic somewhere, another cylinder with Liszt at the piano?

2015-04-24 10:10:29
Chopin is more popular than football - at least in Warsaw


2015-03-20 17:31:38
Why is Debussy's Clair de lune the most downloaded piece?
A challenge for both the intermediate pianist and the professional, Debussy's Clair de lune seems to contain specific qualities which both instrumentalists and listeners find attractive. The piece, which is a part of the composer's Suite Bergamasque, is the most downloaded piano score in Piano Street's sheet music library. Why?

2015-01-21 11:59:43
Minimalist Philip Glass sought to maximize his piano-playing potential
The journey he began in 1994 covered the following 19 years, and, during that time, he composed each of the chronologically numbered etudes he intended to use to make himself better at the keyboard. Pianist Maki Namekawa has now become the second artist to record these remarkably disparate works.

2015-01-07 17:08:39
Behind the Scenes of the Piano Puzzler
So, what is a Piano Puzzler? On the air every week, Bruce Adolphe re-writes a familiar tune in the style of a classical composer. In this video we get behind the scenes and learn the core secrets behind the construction of a Puzzler.

2014-07-30 12:34:07
Reader Poll: Do you like classical music with jazz influences?
Since the early 20th century, jazz always had a significant impact on classical music and classical pianists. Composers found the rhythms, the blue quality in melody and harmony, as well as the spontaneous improvisation immensely fascinating and irresistibly modern.

2014-05-11 08:50:34
The Creative Dance of Imagination - Tango for Two
Hear Khatia and Gavantsa Buniatishvili play Piazzolla's Libertango from a forest recital with a concert grand piano in plain nature. As Groucho Marx said: "It takes two to Tango".

2014-03-04 15:34:59
Piano Vintage - Italian Excellence Bringing Old Steinways Back to Life
One of the most interesting exhibitors at the Cremonafiere Exhibition's piano part - the so called CremonaPianoforte - this fall was a company and and workshop called Piano Vintage. The company performs a type of restoration dictated from the work philosophy and experience of the "Steinway Academy".

2014-02-14 13:42:56
TAKE YOUR SEAT! Hear Mitsuko Uchida Play Mozart Live with the Berliner Philharmoniker
Thanks to a collaboration with the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall, all Piano Street members can enjoy free access for 48 hours to the Digital Concert Hall. Log in to your Piano Street account to get your free voucher code which gives you instant access to the Digital Concert Hall. Take the opportunity to hear a live concert with pianist Mitsuko Uchida and to access all concerts in the archive!

2013-12-31 14:50:18
Top Picks of 2013
We wish all readers a Happy New Year with a list of highly recommended reading - the most popular articles of 2013 from Piano Street's Classical Piano Blog.

2013-11-26 18:19:30
Pianos for People
In the 21st century, as electronic instruments become more popular as less expensive options than traditional pianos, wood-and-wire keyboards are finding their way into landfills and junk heaps. Non-profit organization Pianos for People doesn't want these pianos uselessly deteriorating when others could benefit from them.

2013-08-13 13:18:37
The Music's Secret Language
Ever wonder why a certain classical piece evokes a consistent emotional response? Scientist and musician Manfred Clynes has done extensive research on the topic and discovered that many of the great composers all had their own unique signature of underlying emotional "pulse" in their music. But he was not the first to explore the music's secret language.

2013-03-12 09:31:57
FLAC - Better than MP3 for Classical Piano Music?
Piano Street talks FLAC with George Olvik, CEO at eClassical. Should you choose the FLAC-format instead of a MP3?

2013-01-16 22:46:42
The Trusted Magician of the Parisian Avantgarde
Marcelle Meyer (1897-1958) was a major figure in the creation of new music from her participation in Erik Satie's Parade in 1917 until her early death in 1958. She championed the works of Satie, Ravel, Debussy and Stravinsky, as well as the French Group of Six composers (Les Six), all of whom she knew personally. Her fluid phrasing, great dynamic range and lovely tone are just three of the hallmarks of her rare and individual playing.

2012-08-22 15:46:06
Happy 150th Birthday, Claude Debussy!
Great piano composers' anniversaries don't normally take place annually, but since the Chopin & Schumann year 2010 and the Liszt celebrations 2011, time has now come for another immensely important composer. Today, the 22nd of August 2012 marks the 150 years birthday of the French composer Claude Debussy, by many considered the father of "modern music".

2012-08-03 09:39:00
Odradek Records - An Artist Controlled Music Label
Lovers of classical piano music have another reason to celebrate thanks to a radical new music label that places a focus on artist-controlled material, particularly piano music.

2012-07-28 06:56:53
Leaking Pianos in Spain, Denmark and Sweden…
These instrumental artworks by Nina Saunders are created for shopping malls. Saunders is inspired by the environment she is in and adjusts the object to different locations to stimulate thoughts, humor and playfulness of the beholder. She came up with the idea for these artworks by looking at the landscape in a shopping mall and how people relate to it.

2012-04-24 09:38:14
Can you figure out these Piano Puzzles?
Composer and pianist Bruce Adolphe takes a familiar tune - a popular song, a children's tune, a Broadway hit or something from the classical repertoire - and rewrites it in the style of a classical composer, often using direct quotes from famous classical masterworks.

2011-11-15 11:13:29
Super Mario Piano Scores - The Czerny Studies of Our Time?
Are there any pianists out there who have never played studies by Czerny as part of their training? Probably not many. But why not practice video game music in order to develop a more contemporary piano technique?

2011-01-27 21:36:59
Happy 255th Birthday, Mozart!
We celebrate your birthday, Mozart, with a little gift to all your fans, a facsimile of one of your first pieces, Minuet in G, K 1. Print out and play!!

2010-12-16 11:41:22
"Hats off...!" - New Translation of Schumann's First Review
Celebrate the Schumann anniversary by reading our new translation of his very original and entertaining review of Chopin's Opus 2. This review includes the famous quote "Hats off, gentlemen, a genius".

2010-10-21 06:34:07
2010 Chopin Piano Competition Winner: Russia's Avdeeva
Russia's Yulianna Avdeeva won the prestigious 2010 International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition after a three-week musical marathon followed avidly by classical music lovers around the globe.

2010-05-20 21:13:40
Krystian Zimerman - An Exclusive Radio Interview with the Enigmatic Polish Pianist
Tom Service went to Basel, Switzerland, to meet up with Krystian Zimerman to talk with him about his very personal and passionate philosophy of music. In a candid discussion, Zimerman explains how the piano is like a human being to him - he owns six instruments, and is obsessive about choosing the right keyboard for the repertoire he is practicing or performing. He reveals how he is unhappy with recordings and even advises against buying his own records and also reflects on the unique relationship between performer and audience.

2010-03-01 18:21:33
Chopin's 200th Anniversary


2010-01-17 09:19:33
The Man Who Died on Stage at Carnegie Hall
"Barere is an Anton Rubinstein in one hand and a Liszt in the other" said the famous composer Alexander Glazunov. But if you mention Simon Barere (1896-1951) to most people today, their response is "Simon Who"?

2009-12-17 20:56:52
Leif Ove Andsnes and Robin Rhode Reframe Pictures
The project Pictures Reframed, unites two strikingly original artists - pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and visual artist Robin Rhode in a collaborative performance which centres around Mussorgsky's epic piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition.

2009-11-28 22:16:48
“Play Me, I'm Yours” - Street Pianos
Artist Luke Jerram has put together street pianos installations in various cities. The initiative comes as a reaction of a creative individual to the general rule, prohibiting anyone to play music in public places without special arrangement - no matter how skilful you are at playing your piano or how popular your music is with the audience.

2009-08-28 17:14:35
Gabriela Montero - Uniting the Worlds of Composition and Improvisation
While there's some element of improvisation (interpretation is probably a better word to describe it) in all performances of classical piano music, pianist Gabriela Montero takes this to a different level by taking requests from the audience and improvising her show.

2009-01-05 10:21:10
Any Place, Any Time… Berliner Philharmoniker Launches Digital Concert Hall
Whether you live in Texas or Tokyo you can now find the world-famous orchestra and its musical partners - Artistic Director Sir Simon Rattle as well as renowned guest conductors and soloists.

2008-12-31 11:20:47
Dudley Moore - Beethoven?
This clip is from the 1950's-60s British comedy group "Beyond the Fringe. Dudley Moore plays a very funny but also musically ambitious parody of a Beethoven piano sonata based on very odd yet well-known thematic material.

Articles

2019-05-29 00:00:00
Alexander Gadjiev – To Save the World


2019-03-08 00:00:00
Chopin and His Europe


2017-11-10 00:00:00
The Media Lounge Debut and a World Gathering in Cremona!
Cremona again marked its presence as the world capital of instrumental music exhibitions with the 2017 edition of the Cremona Musica which combined top level artists, manufacturers, academia and pedagogy. Piano Street was invited to the new Media Lounge with 30 journalists from the major specialized newspapers, magazines, broadcast media and web-based media met to share ideas on musical critics and journalism elaborating on common issues, differences and possible collaborations in the classical music field.

2016-09-12 11:11:49
Ditching the Intermission?
British pianist Stephen Hough addressed the issue of shrinking and ageing classical music audiences. Admitting that it's a complicated issue, and acknowledging that many ideas have been floated - better education, more creative repertoire, lower pricing etc - he went on to focus on one of the more practical aspects of the subject: the intermission.

2013-06-07 13:09:34
The Sweet and Not So Sweet Sound of Music
Our modern ears are now used to equal temperament, and, despite the impurities in its intervals, now prefer its sound over any other temperament. Researchers at the University of Minnesota wanted to delve more into this and studied 250 students at the University. Their main thesis question was: what makes certain combinations of notes pleasant or unpleasant?

2012-05-21 12:34:57
The Battle Between “Il penseroso” and “The Old Arpeggio”
Before the time of television and the internet, live music performances were a primary form of entertainment. Performances were held in private homes, as well as concert halls. Many rivalries formed among pianists and composers. This created a unique angle for entertainment as individuals could then debate the merits of each musician and choose sides. One of the more famous piano duels was held between Franz Liszt and Sigismond Thalberg.

2012-05-14 10:44:33
Piano As Art - The Art of Transforming Pianos
Broken strings and missing keys have made an appearance on the art scene as part of the Piano As Art Exhibition. A collaboration of two talented artists, Penny Putnam and Shauna Holiman, the exhibition features art created from bits and pieces of pianos that were too old for use or were in total disrepair.

2012-04-27 10:49:02
How Can Modern Technology Contribute to a Great Piano Performance?
Why haven't there been any fundamental changes of grand piano design since the 1870s? Some claim it is because manufacturers are afraid of getting beaten up in the marketplace if their pianos are seen as being "experimental". Others say that musicians tend to be a conservative group of people and do not embrace radical changes to the touch or tone of their instruments.

2012-01-11 14:22:37
Where is the Remote Control? and a World Record!


2010-05-21 13:46:02
Borgato - Italian Innovative Excellence Inspired by the Past
Luigi Borgato, born in 1963, designs and builds concert-grand pianos together with his wife Paola Bianchi, which are of innovative conception and highly regarded by well-known international pianists. The "DOPPIO BORGATO" is the first modern double concert-grand piano with pedal board. Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann are among the composers who wrote pieces for piano with pedal board.

2010-02-05 09:07:45
Liszt: The Grand Sonata


2008-12-08 11:33:52
Steinway & the Last Son
Henry Z. Steinway, former president of Steinway & Sons and great grandson of the firm's founder, died on September 18, 2008 at the age of 93. He was the last Steinway to run the piano-making company his family started in 1853.

Video: Performances

2018-11-16 00:00:00
Yuja Wang Played Ravel to Commemorate Peace
The First World War showed no mercy to artists and many died or returned injured. The Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right arm on the battlefield and Maurice Ravel composed the "Piano Concerto for the Left Hand" for him. The piece was performed by Yuja Wang in a recent concert in Versailles, 100 years after the "Treaty of Versailles", in which the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.

2018-11-06 09:00:00
Trifonov and Lang Lang Celebrate DG 120 Years in C Minor
"The Yellow Label", Deutsche Grammophon celebrates its 120th anniversary this year with events all around the globe. Today, November 6, pianist Lang Lang performs Mozart's C Minor Concerto in a live streamed gala concert in the Berlin Philharmonie.

2018-10-17 00:00:00
Destination: Rachmaninov - Departure


2018-09-14 12:08:00
The Final Countdown: Leeds International Piano Competition - Finals Start Tonight
In the new edition of the Leeds International Piano Competition we have now enjoyed the diversity of the ten Semi-Finalists. Just in "the middle of the battle" Piano Street's Patrick Jovell had the chance to ask the competition's Co-Artistic Director, Adam Gatehouse a few questions.

2016-12-14 12:53:00
Trifonov Live in Carnegie Hall


2016-10-07 15:54:42
Liszt's Love Story with Lisitsa
In Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No.1, Faust gets seduced by Mephistopheles' intoxicating violin playing on a wedding at the village inn. Hear it performed by Valentina Lisitsa in this new video.

2016-09-06 11:31:29
Explosive Piano and Percussion Rendezvous in Beijing


2016-06-22 09:05:31
Garrick Ohlsson live in Fort Worth
In this season-closing concert of the Cliburn Live series in Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, Ohlsson performs works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Chopin.

2015-05-11 15:57:34
Watch Live Stream Now: Piano Recital with Juliana Steinbach
Welcome to watch the live broadcast of the recital with pianist Juliana Steinbach at the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm starting today, May 11, at 17.00 GMT.

2014-10-20 13:26:54
Live Streamed Piano Recital with Murray McLachlan
A new piano recital series has been launched in Stockholm this fall. The first recital, with pianist Peter Jablonski took place on September 15 and today, you can hear British pianist Murray McLachlan play live from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

2014-08-22 13:33:22
Yuja Wang & Prokofiev in Factory Setting
Let's go to New York City. After letting her finish her coffee we can hear pianist Yuja Wang on the floor at the Steinway and Sons factory playing Prokofiev's technically demanding Toccata.

2014-07-15 05:59:12
Moonlight Trapped in the Sonata Form?
How can we explain the immense popularity of the sonata for over two hundred years? What makes it so satisfying, so complete? Here we listen to a recent performance of the Moonlight Sonata by pianist Yundi Li from a popular TV-show in Japan. His interpetation is quite traditional with a slow and beautiful rendition of the first movement. But there is another completely different way to interpret it. Which do you prefer?

2014-05-29 11:45:16
Stephen Kovacevich Plays an Allemande
Let's hear the stylistically immensely experienced Stephen Kovacevich perform the Allemande from J. S. Bach's Partita No. 4 from the Verbier Festival in Switzerland in 2009. We are all very happy that Kovacevich decided not to quit playing the piano at the age of 32!

2014-04-24 13:09:53
Bach with New Ears
The recent discovery of a new portrait of J. S. Bach opens up to the question: if we can see Bach with new eyes, how can we listen to Bach with new ears? One of the most remarkable contributions to the idea that there is a world of Bach on the piano after Glenn Gould is the recording of three Bach concertos by French pianist David Fray.

2014-03-14 09:10:35
The Van Cliburn Memorial Concert 2014
To mark the one-year anniversary of the death of legendary pianist Van Cliburn, the Fort Worth-based foundation that bears his name hosted The Van Cliburn Memorial Concert in Sundance Square Plaza on February 27. Hear eight former Cliburn Competition award winners perform short solo recitals on the outdoor stage of the plaza in downtown Fort Worth.

2012-11-30 22:50:44
Grigori Sokolov Live at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées


2012-10-12 14:16:43
András Schiff Sharing Perspectives on Bartók


2012-07-15 08:24:29
Valentina Lisitsa - Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Pianist and YouTube phenomenon Valentina Lisitsa is perhaps the most striking example of how the Internet and, more recently, social media has created completely new opportunities for classical artists.

2010-11-19 09:34:25
Chopin A La Polacca!
The Polonaises, with their "cannon buried in flowers," in Schumann's words, have become symbolic and poignant evocations of an oppressed people. Listen to Rafal Blechacz playing the Polonaise in A-flat major Op. 53 "Heroique" in a live broadcast from the Polish Television.

2010-11-12 09:52:39
The Art Of Piano: Great Pianists Of The 20th Century
This video documentary provides a survey of 18 extraordinary keyboard artists that dominated the concert world in the mid 20th century, from Ignaz Paderewski to Claudio Arrau. The program effectively blends archival film with video clips, concert footage and rare artist interviews. Featured performers are Vladimir Horowitz, Artur Rubinstein, Sviatoslav Richter, Sergei Rachmaninov, Glenn Gould, Edwin Fischer, Claudio Arrau, Georges Cziffra, Wilhelm Backhaus, Alfred Cortot, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Francis Plante performing live and on film.

2009-11-09 20:33:05
Sa Chen plays Chopin


2009-07-09 13:02:12
Mitsuko Uchida: Pianist-In-Residence
"Mitsuko Uchido is one of perhaps just a handful of classical pianists whose work can justifiably be mentioned alongside the great players of the past - Rachmaninov, Schnabel, Cortot, Michelangeli." (ABC Radio National, Australia). Enjoy an excerpt from the third movement of the Schumann a minor Piano Concerto.

2008-10-17 09:45:04
Michelangeli Plays Beethoven Sonata Op. 2 no. 3
Michelangeli built a reputation as much on the frequency of his cancellation of concerts as on his piano performances. On this video, he plays the first movement from Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C major Op. 2 No. 3, recorded in 1970.

2008-10-10 13:17:53
Tiempo's Revolutionary Thirds Equals Three?


2008-09-28 08:32:51
A High Tech Pianist for the Future?
"The Visual Recital" is an attempt to help audiences understand and enjoy the syntax of music with visualizations that are scripted and controlled by the musician - a kind of live "Fantasia", so to speak.

2008-09-22 10:01:50
Volodos didn't Play a Barcarolle on the Water


Video: Instructional

2017-05-17 00:00:00
Wigmore Hall As Schiff's Magic Laboratory


2016-09-15 12:00:14
The Simultaneous Conversation
Daniel Barenboim describes music as different from human interaction through speech. If two people cross talk each other, then neither understands the other. Conversation only works if one talks and one listens and then switch roles. In music, the conversation isn't verbal, so each participant's voice is heard and understood at the same time. Hear him explain this musical principle.

2016-05-17 10:32:27
Schiff Horses Around in Master Class
In a piano masterclass on Schubert's Moments Musical at The International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Andras Schiff noted, for one of his students, that, in Schubert's time, horse-drawn conveyances were the norm instead of just a tourist attraction.

2015-07-04 17:26:40
No Great Music Without Great Tension
Anthony Tommassini, classical music critic for The New York Times, invites us all to a mini-lecture at the piano on dissonance. With a series of examples by well known composers, Tommassini elaborates on one of the most crucial components in Western music.

2013-09-12 13:56:01
Jonathan Biss' Full Beethoven Sonatas Experience
The American pianist Jonathan Biss is known to audiences throughout the world for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations. He is a firm believer in the possibilities of technology and invites people to take part of his 32 Beethoven Sonatas course at Curtis Institute.

2013-04-26 09:54:11
Digital Piano Test with Simone Dinnerstein
Concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein shows you what to look for in a digital piano by putting a handful of models to the test.

2012-09-07 09:55:08
Sit in on a Unique Class with Messiaen on Debussy and Colour
French composer Olivier Messiaen was a synaesthete who experienced colours when he heard or imagined music. He devised his own system of modes (scales) based on his synaesthesia and in some scores he actually notated the colours, to help the performer in interpretation. Here is a unique video clip from one of his famous classes at the Paris Conservatoire.

2011-08-31 09:52:51
Master Pianist Jorge Bolet Rehearsing and Teaching Rachmaninov
See and hear Jorge Bolet and Conductor Paavo Berglund in a preliminary rehearsal prior to a full rehearsal with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto.

2010-06-20 08:19:03
András Schiff Teaches Bach


Video: Documentaries & Top picks

2019-05-28 00:00:00
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.

2019-02-05 00:00:00
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.

2018-04-06 16:00:00
Documentary: In the Footsteps of Debussy
Warner Classics has recently contributed to both a distant and a close look on Claude Debussy. Their 33-disc set aims to include everything Debussy wrote, from his earliest compositions of 1879-80 to the late sonatas composed during the first world war. As a part of the project Warner Classics has produced a three-part documentary series named "In the Footsteps of Debussy".

2017-12-19 00:00:00
French Pianist Goes Wild in German Chorale
As a combination of supreme musicianship and Seasonal Celebrations, what would be more suitable than a traditional German Lutheran Chorale in the hands of the sensational French pianist Lucas Debargue, who is also known as an outstanding improviser and composer?

2017-11-17 13:00:00
5 Minutes on Franz Liszt's Funérailles


2017-07-28 00:00:00
Ode to Joy at the Proms 2017
Hear Igor Levit's encore at First Night of the Proms 2017. Liszt's piano solo version of Ode to Joy from Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

2017-04-14 00:00:00
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.

2017-02-23 00:00:00
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.

2016-04-28 12:37:04
Talking Pianos with Trifonov
Can "water practice" along with yoga and stretching enhance performance endurance and pianistic feeling? The luminous Sarah Willis, French horn player in Berliner Philharmoniker meets with Russian star pianist Daniil Trifonov in Hamburg while he is preparing for a recital.

2016-04-11 13:06:26
Travel in Time and Meet Sergei Rachmaninoff
In Piano Street's recent interview with Valentina Lisitsa she told us about the blind test her teacher gave the piano class at the music school in her youth. Three recordings were presented; Richter, Rubinstein and Rachmaninoff. Who was hammering out loud and who was the gentle, delicate player? Here we can hear Rachmaninoff play his own G minor Prelude op 23 no 5.

2014-12-06 09:08:44
Murray Perahia: Not of this World
Perahia's now legendary status means that he is often regarded as someone who is somewhat removed from normal life - which corresponds to the title of the documentary "Not of this world". But it is only Perahia's playing, with its otherworldly beauty, that seems to be beyond all earthly limitations. As this film shows, the artist engages in all facets of life as well as his work.

2014-06-27 09:50:25
The Women Behind Chopin's Music
Chopin revolutionised the nature of piano music composed both technically and emotionally but the actual musical instrument that provided his greatest source of inspiration was the female voice. In this documentary marking the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth, pianist and trailblazer James Rhodes explores not only the Polish master's music but also his complex relationships with women.

2013-08-23 09:07:03
Yuja Wang at Verbier Festival 2013
In this 3 minute interview Yuja Wang tells us, among other things, the secret of her harmony between fingers and spirit.

2013-07-23 16:24:59
Rise and Shine
With hot summer sun, flowers and bumblebees showing up, let's enjoy an inspirational clip from the Oscar award-winning film "Shine". Arguably, this scene shines the brightest of them all.

2013-01-24 14:00:37
The Great Piano Scam
Joyce Hatto was hailed as the greatest British pianist of the 20th Century. After she had died in 2006, however, it came to light that not all was as it seemed. Watch and see how the situation developed.

2012-10-03 20:44:41
Traditional Music Engraving - A Course in Magic
G. Henle Publishers employ a variety of techniques in producing their beautiful scores, including software programs like Sibelius. But very few people know just how involved the art of music engraving was in the days before modern music printing technology.

2012-07-10 09:27:50
A Classical Affair: An evening with Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry hosted this special event in the Barbican Hall, London, to discuss the role and perceived decline of classical music in today's society and what can be done to keep its spirit alive.

2012-03-09 10:09:03
Imagine: Being a Concert Pianist
The documentary "Imagine: Being a Concert Pianist" gets under the lid of this extreme form of musicianship. Celebrated pianists, including Yevgeny Kissin, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Lang Lang, talk intimately about their lives, their work and their motivation.

2011-04-24 18:14:32
The Piano Speaks!


2010-11-26 22:34:14
Piano Masterclass with Oscar Wilde and Dr. House
A humorous "Piano Masterclass" sketch from 1988 featuring the successful English comedy double act, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

2010-05-25 07:03:55
Dutch Piano Humour on Stage
Music comedian Hans Liberg has received many international awards. The international character of his shows, his musical virtuosity, and his subtle humour make him a highly sought-after artist at large international galas.

2009-09-18 08:28:51
Up in the Air - Atkinson performs Beethoven


Books

2019-07-20 00:00:00
Success, or Just a Sensation? Stuart Isacoff on Van Cliburn’s Moscow Win — 60 Years On


2018-11-23 00:00:00
The Art of Listening - Updated Notes from Berman's Bench


2017-09-16 00:00:00
The World Piano Bible
While working in a piano factory in Leipzig, East Germany, Jens Witter started cataloging pianos, inadvertently beginning what would eventually become his doctoral dissertation. The data archive grew and comprised 10 000 index cards and eventually became a massive Bible of Pianos containing some 40 000 names.

2014-01-10 12:13:27
Natural Fingering - A Topographical Approach
The art of fingering is a huge subject, not least if studied historically. While many professional players stress the importance of good fingering we often find fingering suggestions offered by renowned editions to be clumsy, odd or simply out of place. New York pianist and teacher Jon Verbalis book Natural Fingering is a rich resource on the subject of piano fingering.

2013-09-05 21:19:24
Brendel's A-Z for the Pianist
Multi-talented pianist legend Alfred Brendel won't rest since retiring. His latest book A Pianist's A-Z was officially realeased in September. Born in 1931 in Wiesenberg, he now lives in London. Although he has bidden farewell to the concert stage after six decades of performing, he continues to give master-classes and readings.

2013-03-25 22:04:31
Practicing Perfection: Memory and Piano Performance
The memory capacity of famous musicians seem almost superhuman. Can such outstanding accomplishments be explained by the same principles associated with ordinary, everyday memory related abilities?

2010-04-16 10:59:51
Recommended Book: Chopin - The Four Ballades
In an illuminating discussion, Jim Samson combines history and analysis to provide a comprehensive picture of these popular piano works.

2010-03-26 18:12:10
Recommended Book: “Sviatoslav Richter - Pianist”
Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) is widely recognized as one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. In this translation of the first full-scale biography of Richter, Danish composer Karl Aage Rasmussen combines his artistic appreciation of Richter's career with a sympathetic telling of the pianist's life based on family archives and interviews with people who worked and lived with him.

2009-10-19 13:45:42
The Great Arthur Rubinstein Revisited
For decades people who were fortunate enough to see and hear esteemed pianist Artur Rubinstein (1887-1982) perform left concert halls spellbound. Biographer and music historian Sachs first heard Rubinstein play in 1959, but it was not until 1986 that he seriously considered writing a biography of Rubinstein.

2008-09-27 08:46:59
Gould's Favourite Piece but not his Favourite Piano


Albums

2019-02-06 00:00:00
Claire Huangci's Complete Perspective: The Rachmaninoff Preludes


2019-01-25 11:00:00
Igor Levit’s Eternal Transcendence: “Life”


2018-12-20 00:00:00
Ear-opening Explorations: Sabine Liebner plays Stockhausen’s Solo Piano Music


2018-10-24 00:00:00
The Pleyel Piano: A Key to Genuine Chopin Sound?
Hubert Rutkowski's new CD is a portrait not only of Chopin, but of the composer's favourite instrument: Rutkowski plays a Pleyel piano from 1847. In his search for a genuine Chopin/Pleyel sound he has also turned to historical recordings of Raul Koczalski and Moritz Rosenthal, students of Karol Mikuli, who was in turn a student of Chopin himself.

2018-10-07 00:00:00
Chopin In a Box? Dumond Plays the Nocturnes
For anyone seeking the quintessential Chopin, his twenty-one Nocturnes are not only a study of the seal of compositional genius but also defines the complex and refined qualities of the composer's unique understanding of the piano during a lifetime. Dumont's clear understanding of simplicity and complexity this AVEA album (2017) will offer an appealing and intriguing experience for any listener.

2018-10-05 00:00:00
Hands-on Piano Experiences in Cremona


2018-09-21 14:00:00
An Epic Narrative: Boris Giltburg plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no. 3
Named the Mount Everest of piano concertos, Rachmaninoff's third has enjoyed an increasing popularity among performers, piano competition contestants and in concert halls during the last twenty years. Also among recording labels where the long list of recordings now is expanded by contributions by a younger generation of top artists.

2018-09-12 10:00:00
Beethoven Hammerklavier & Moonlight Sonatas - Murray Perahia


2018-05-14 00:00:00
Mozart Affinity Embracing Domenico Scarlatti
Federico Colli just released his first album of sixteen Scarlatti Piano Sonatas on Chandos Records. Colli has emerged as one of the most interesting pianists of his generation after victories in the Salzburg Mozart Competition and the 2012 edition of the Leeds International Piano Competition.

2017-09-15 00:00:00
The Hidden Piano Treasure of Jean Sibelius
Strangely enough, it would be quite easy to attend piano recitals for years and never hear a note of Sibelius. Now Norwegian pianist Leif-Ove Andsnes makes an adventurous raid into Sibelius' native Finland and want us to change that. It is not surprising that his playing is immaculately detailed and sympathetic

2015-12-22 21:46:53
Christmas Music for Piano: Jeffrey Biegel Plays Sleigh Ride
Are you tired of choirs singing carols? If so, get into Christmas mode with some solo piano instead. Enjoy Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride performed by American pianist Jeffrey Biegel.

2015-07-09 14:48:16
Classical Music Everywhere - Interview with Simone Dinnerstein
Simone Dinnerstein is trying to boost awareness and appreciation of classical music in both children and adults in places as different as New York City and Havana. See her introduce Bach's Inventions to a room full of schoolchildren and read about the new ablum celebrating the transatlantic link.

2015-07-04 18:09:39
The Harpsichord - Old, but Still Relevant
"If you buy only one record of harpsichord music in your life . . . buy this sensational album" wrote Richard Morrison, The Times (London). Although most of us don't buy records anymore, this recently released album "Time Present and Time Past" could be worth checking out.

2014-11-20 10:47:43
Pianistic Legends from Buenos Aires Sharing Neurones
A recent article featured in Piano Street's News Flash explains that four-hand piano duo partners share neurons dealing with spatial seizing while playing. That suggests that we give you readers a gem on the same topic. Watch the sample from Michael Beyer's film production for EuroArts Music.

2013-11-19 17:14:38
Volodos in Vienna


2012-09-19 13:11:07
Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor Running Out of Time...
London based Karrot Animation Studios have been busy working on a music video for pianist Benjamin Grosvenor's performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The brief was to assemble a four minute version from the longer audio track whilst creating an animated narrative about Benjamin getting to a concert at New York's Radio City Hall.

2012-09-03 13:34:31
Maurizio Pollini's Chopin Etudes Astonish 50 Years Later
Why did we have had to wait over fifty years for this unique recording? Maurizio Pollini withheld his permission for his first complete recording of the Chopin Etudes Opp. 10 & 25 to be released. While the legendary DG recording from the 1970s has long been acknowledged as one of the finest versions of the Chopin Etudes, the previously unissued version from Abbey Road Studios in 1960 - characterised by a lighter touch and greater musical freedom - is now available on Testament label.

2011-12-19 19:30:50
Dynamic Duo Anderson & Roe Debut on the Steinway Label
Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe form one of the most thrilling young piano duos performing today. The debut release from Anderson & Roe on the Steinway & Sons label is a showstopper captured in spectacular audiophile-quality sound by multi-Grammy-winning producer Steven Epstein.

2011-08-10 14:16:56
Grand Style Liszt with Bererzovsky
This CD, a collection of live recordings taken from performances at the Royal Festival Hall and the Festival de la Grange de Meslay, provides yet another example of Boris Berezovsky's stunning virtuosity and musicality.

2011-02-25 13:59:18
Schubert Live! - Pianist Imogen Cooper Continues the Series
Pianist Imogen Cooper: "Schubert has become even more necessary to my well-being, and I sense strongly that he is important for an audience's well-being too"

2010-12-29 19:08:01
Horowitz´s Master Alfred Cortot Speaks … and Plays…
Pianist Murray Perahia presents highlights of live recordings made during Cortot's 1954-60 Master Classes in Paris, featuring the pianist playing many works he never formally recorded.

2010-08-30 18:37:31
Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz


2010-08-24 10:09:13
Lang Lang “Live in Vienna” Released in Multiple Formats
Recorded and filmed live in Vienna's legendary Musikverein concert hall, the Sony Classical debut is available on August 24 in multiple formats including vinyl and 3D video. This release represents Lang Lang's second live recorded recital to date after the best-selling "Live at Carnegie Hall" in 2004, which marked his international breakthrough as a recording artist. He has performed the new album's program at the world's major concert venues and will continue to tour with it throughout 2011.

2010-05-27 07:53:42
Another Sensational Release by Arcadi Volodos
Pianist Arcadi Volodos has been celebrated as a wizard at the keyboard since his 1997 debut recording. His new CD, "Live in Vienna," on SONY BMG EUROPE, features his virtuosity as a pianist and his skilled story narration and sense of timing.

2010-03-22 18:23:29
Brendel Plays and Introduces Schubert - 5 DVD Set
Alfred Brendel is an outstanding modern exponent of Schubert's piano music. He is capable of bringing not only the verve of this music but also its poetic intensity and intellectual depth to life with a special vibrancy. In this unique collection - a 5 DVD box (on Naxos) at a very attractive price - he plays all of Schubert's major works for keyboard and introduces each piece, throwing light on its compositional substance and at the same time revealing his own highly personal relationship with these masterpieces of Romantic music.

2009-08-20 17:40:35
British Excellence in New Tansman Piano Music Release
Chandos has been attentive in promoting the orchestral works of Alexandre Tansman, who due to the vagaries of fashion has to a great extent been ignored. They now embark on the piano music and a deeply personal project for soloist Margaret Fingerhut.

2009-01-16 17:06:45
Marathon Men - Two Complete Beethoven Sonatas Projects to Achieve Completion
Daniel Barenboim is not the only one to have successfully had the complete Beethoven sonatas on his agenda lately.

2008-11-25 11:41:23
Naxos Music Library - Online Music Streaming
NAXOS Music Library (NML) is a very useful resource for music professionals, students, amateurs and collectors. The service offers more than 26,000 CDs with over 371,000 tracks of music for online listening.

2008-11-21 14:45:44
Boxed Tribute to Retiring Brendel
In order to pay tribute to the great Austrian, the Brilliant Classics label has released a 35 CD box with early recordings, covering the period 1958-1970.

Teaching

2009-01-16 18:34:00
Books on Piano Pedaling
"The more I play, the more I am thoroughly convinced that the pedal is the soul of the piano. There are cases where the pedal is everything" Anton Rubinstein

2009-01-09 14:41:04
Piano Technique - the Leschetizky Method
This legendary manual in both English and German documents principles and techniques of the legendary piano teacher Theodor Leschetizky, who taught Paderewski, Schnabel and many other great pianists.

2008-09-27 16:43:04
Masterclasses on the Web Reach new Heights
Not only are piano competitions such as the Van Cliburn YouTube-competition and the Minnesota e-Competition moving out onto the web, but students, music colleges, schools and all music lovers now have the chance to gain inspiration and to learn from master classes given by some of the world's greatest musicians.

2008-09-25 16:23:15
Wilhelm Backhaus - Technical Problems Discussed
The legendary German pianist Wilhelm Backhaus (1884-1969) shares his thoughts on piano technique in an interview with Hariette Browner, published in her book Piano Mastery (1915)

Pedagogical material

2016-08-15 12:49:54
ABRSM Releases New Piano Syllabus for 2017/2018
ABRSM has released a new Piano syllabus for candidates taking exams in 2017 and 2018. The syllabus offers a broad selection of inspiring pieces that have been carefully selected to offer variety and new challenges to teachers and learners alike. It features a range of works from composers from around the world.

2014-01-27 09:24:06
The Bigger Picture: A Personal Perspective on Practicing Routines
In the third and final part of the series on building a career as a professional pianist, Alexander Buskermolen gives a personal perspective on practicing routines at the piano with practising tips by Dutch pedagogue Jan Wijn.

Research

2015-09-15 10:09:36
Can We Play Like Mozart Did?


2015-02-27 11:41:40
Medical Professionals See Irregular Heartbeat in Beethoven's Music
Citing rhythmic shifts and sudden stops in the German master's music, certain doctors and researchers think he suffered from arrhythmia.

2010-11-03 17:52:32
What is really Johann Sebastian in the Notebook?
The familiar Minuet in G and its partner piece, Minuet in G minor were traditionally believed to have been composed by J. S. Bach. However, recent research points to the German composer and organist Christian Petzold.

2009-09-21 21:32:45
Piano Lessons Can Help Children Improve Reading Skills
Children exposed to a multi-year programme of music tuition involving training in increasingly complex rhythmic, tonal, and practical skills display superior cognitive performance in reading skills compared with their non-musically trained peers, according to a study published recently in the journal Psychology of Music, published by SAGE.

2008-11-06 12:59:54
Smart like a Metronome?


News about Piano Street

2019-03-14 00:00:00
Keep Track of the Latest Piano Albums with Piano Street


2018-04-04 00:00:00
Piano Street at Musikmesse in Frankfurt 2018
This April, Piano Street will be exhibiting at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany. The exhibition will take place at the Messe Frankfurt Convention Centre and is the world's biggest trade show for musical instruments, sheet music, music production and marketing. Piano Street will be showing the digital services available for individuals and for institutions.

2017-12-30 18:00:00
Top Picks of 2017
We wish you a Happy New Piano Year with a list of highly recommended reading from Piano Street. These are the twelve most read, discussed or shared articles of 2017.

2016-12-30 14:46:21
The Audiovisual Study Tool (AST) Updated
In a significant improvement of Piano Street's Audiovisual Study Tool (AST), all pieces in the digital sheet music library are now connected to hand picked recordings, 11 248 tracks by the greatest pianists on labels such as EMI, Decca, Deutche Grammophon, Sony Classical and many others. All recordings are available for unlimited online streaming for Piano Street Gold members.

2016-12-12 11:29:57
The Complete Piano Music by Franz Schubert
Unlike Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt or Chopin, Schubert was not a keyboard virtuoso. He played the piano only in the intimate gatherings known as Schubertiads. Nevertheless, he is certainly one of the greatest composers for piano, exploring the expressive potential of the keyboard in a succession of masterpieces for solo piano, piano duet, chamber music and song accompaniment. Therefore, it's an event worth celebrating when Piano Street now publish his dances as well as his complete piano sonatas, which in addition to the previously available selection of Impromptus, Moments Musicaux and many other pieces give you the complete picture of Schubert as a composer for the piano.

2016-11-25 13:29:05
13 Easy Pieces by Beethoven and Gurlitt
Piano Street adds six pieces by Beethoven and seven pieces by Gurlitt to our catalogue of easy and intermediate pieces. Recordings of all the pieces will soon be available.

2016-07-07 08:13:07
Piano Street Reaches 20,000 Likes on Facebook!
The Piano Street team would like to say a special thank you to all piano fans around the world who like us on Facebook, where our page has recently passed 20,000 likes!

2016-03-03 20:48:20
Mendelssohn, Albéniz and Six More Composers Added to the Audiovisual Study Tool


2016-03-02 14:55:18
The New List of Instructive Editions
At the Music Education Expo in London last week, we received a lot of positive feedback from piano teachers and students who had successfully used Piano Street's Instructive Editions to improve the learning process. You can easily find the pieces having instructive editions on the new list.

2014-12-24 11:44:06
Musical Holiday Greetings from Piano Street!
DOWNLOADABLE GIFTS: As a musical holiday gift, you are welcome to try out to learn "a small piece that sounds big" in 49 easy steps or to compose your own ending to one of Mozart's most loved piano pieces.

2014-04-16 16:46:00
The New Concept: Scores for All Stages of Learning
On the recent Music Education Expo in London, Piano Street presented a new concept for sheet music publication. Depending on your own level of experience and where you are in the learning process of a particular piece, you may need fingering, pedal markings, practice and performance tips, or perhaps the right opposite - a clean Urtext score.

2014-02-27 16:00:29
World Premiere: Piano Piece in G by Felix Mendelssohn
The first edition ever of a newly discovered piece by Mendelssohn was presented by Piano Street at the Music Education Expo in London earlier this month. The Urtext Piano Score and Autograph Manuscript are now available for download.

2013-12-24 11:28:06
Happy Holidays! Musical Greetings from Piano Street


2013-12-17 16:34:54
AST Updated: 700 Piano Pieces Added
The Piano Street Team has been hard at work: 1200 man hours of listening and hand picking the greatest among the many great performers playing the greatest piano music is tough work. But we have persisted. We have not complained. And here we are, now even more convinced of the amazing possibilities the Internet has to offer and - not least - with a new update of Piano Street's unique AST.

2013-08-29 10:40:14
Announce your Piano Recitals and Events at Piano Street
In line with Piano Street's mission to stimulate and promote live piano music performances, we welcome all members to post announcements and invitations to their upcoming piano recitals in the new recital section of the forum.

2013-03-18 12:20:20
Piano Street Proudly Presents: The New Unique Audiovisual Study Tool (AST)
A new, revolutionary tool that allows you to learn piano pieces faster, broaden your repertoire knowledge, improve your interpretational skills or to simply immerse yourself in the refined art of classical piano music, has finally arrived!

2012-06-01 09:26:31
New Bach Recordings - Four Preludes & Fugues from WTC


2011-07-29 14:35:58
Piano Street Receives 5-Star Excellence Award
Shopper Approved has collected over 1,000 ratings from paying Piano Street Gold members and due to the high level of customer satisfaction Piano Street has received the exclusive Shopper Approved 5-Star Excellence Award.

2011-06-28 15:53:29
New Sheet Music: Liszt - Transcriptions of Songs by Schubert
Transcriptions and paraphrases played an important part in shaping Liszt's role as leading musical figure of his generation. Seven transcriptions of songs by Franz Schubert has been added to the sheet music library.

2010-12-15 10:47:15
New sheet music: Chopin - Four Concert Pieces
Four concert pieces by Chopin, including Variations on Mozart's 'La ci darem la mano' and Andante spianato, in editions by Mikuli (solo piano part with orchestral cues) have been added to our sheet music library.

2010-08-26 14:39:24
Chopin Preludes - New Urtext Sheet Music


2010-07-30 21:11:03
New Recordings: Schubert - Six Moments Musicaux op 94
The Moments Musicaux were published only a few months before Schubert's death in 1828. Most of them were composed during 1827 or 1828, with the exception of Nos. 3 and 6, dating from 1823 and 1824 respectively.

2010-07-28 20:03:48
New Sheet Music and Recordings: Brahms - Two Intermezzi
Two of Johannes Brahms' most popular late piano pieces are now available as Urtext scores and recordings from Piano Street's sheet music library.

2010-07-07 09:19:09
The Four Ballades by Chopin - New Urtext Edition


2010-06-24 16:40:20
New Bach Recordings - Two Preludes and Fugues


2010-05-28 20:24:07
The Nocturnes by Chopin - New Urtext Edition


2009-10-24 22:01:15
Franck Miniatures - Sheet music and recordings


2009-10-21 09:46:40
Gabriel Fauré's Piano Music


2009-09-24 17:46:20
Busoni - 25 original pieces and 15 Bach transcriptions
The Italian pianist Busoni's important achievements as a composer were long over-shadowed by the fact that he was generally thought the greatest piano virtuoso after Liszt. The solo piano versions of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (for organ) and the Chaconne from the second Violin Partita are among his most well-known transcriptions.

2009-03-30 19:01:48
Improvisations - New Forum Section
In the history of Western music, from the medieval until the romantic period, improvisation was an important skill for all composers and keyboard players. Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, and many others were celebrated for their ability to improvise.

2008-11-10 14:42:09
Beethoven's Last Piano Piece?
Ludwig van Beethoven's supposedly "last piano work" has been found by musicologist Peter McCallum, while studying the composer's final music sketchbook at the Berlin's state library.

2008-09-29 16:54:26
Scriabin Mazurkas - Sheet Music
Scriabin's unique musical vision is transformed into something striking and original: mazurka-fantasies characterised by extraordinary charm and sensuality, often assimilating the style of late night improvisations.


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Robertson, Australia

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Long Beach, California

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Houston, Texas

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