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Made in Spain! The seat experience reinvented through unique designs

February 14th, 2022 in Articles by | 4 comments

In the world of piano playing the seat is often taken for granted and we rarely read about manufacturers focusing on the design of piano stools and benches. Piano Street has talked to Zayda Jiménez, founder of Kaunus, a manufacturer who takes both the visual and functional aspects of piano bench design to a new height. Passion and vision, art […]

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Behind the Scenes at the World’s Greatest Piano Competition

January 26th, 2022 in Articles by | 1 comment

– The Warsaw Omni Face – Interview with Chopin Institute’s Aleksander Laskowski A very familiar face before and during the 18th International Chopin Competition is the one belonging to Aleksander Laskowski. Frequent in official matters, televised transmissions and in social media, the dynamic Chopin Institute’s press spokesman represents forces bringing the competition into the future. He also displays a brilliant […]

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Chopin Competition Aftermath: Breakfast with Tony Yang

November 12th, 2021 in Articles by | 4 comments

The world has during October enjoyed almost one entire month of excellent Chopin performances at the 18th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Taking place every five years, the 2020 edition was postponed one year, in order to make a live competition possible for both contestants and live audiences. Many have enjoyed the performances live and via streaming and the “now […]

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On Being a Pianist in Kenya – Against All Odds

September 3rd, 2021 in Articles by | 6 comments

It is hard enough to train as a classical pianist, even in a Western country with good access to instruments, sheet music and advanced tuition. If you happen to live in Kenya, where nothing of the above is easily available, the many obstacles make it almost impossible. Yet, there are people with an absolute determination to learn. Piano Street has […]

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Tonebase – Catching the Magic Moment

July 31st, 2021 in Articles by | 8 comments

Interview with tonebase’s piano executive Ben Laude In late 2019, tonebase Piano was launched, with the aim of giving amateur pianists access to high level music education through premium online content featuring great artists. Since then, education has been trending even more in a digital direction because of the pandemic. Piano Street’s Patrick Jovell has talked to Ben Laude about […]

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Beethoven Celebration in Retrospect

June 2nd, 2021 in Articles by | 4 comments

For Nikolas Sideris, editor-in-chief at Editions Musica Ferrum, the Beethoven year 2020 was more than just a great anniversary. It also represented the final stage of a mega project started seven years earlier – the Mount Everest of all LvB 250 homage projects. In cooperation with Susanne Kessel, a pianist from the city of Bonn, 250 composers from 47 countries […]

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State Of the Art Innovations – The 102 keys Stephen Paulello Grand Piano

April 29th, 2021 in Articles by | 7 comments

For more than 30 years, Stephen Paulello has systematically studied all the components of the piano, including the instruments of previous eras. But as a pianist dreaming of more complex and expressive sonorities, he doesn’t content himself with a cult of the past. Instead, he has often used his findings to challenge generally accepted ideas. His unique grand pianos are […]

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Lowell Liebermann’s Personal Demons

April 1st, 2021 in Articles by | 2 comments

In this exclusive digital encounter with the praised and enigmatic composer Lowell Liebermann on his premiere recording as a solo pianist on the Steinway & Sons label, Piano Street’s Patrick Jovell meets the pianist behind the composer and the composer behind the pianist. Clearly, Liebermann’s latest album release is in a way an attempt to measure a time span and […]

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The Transcription – Zlata Chochieva

March 2nd, 2021 in Articles by | 3 comments

Zlata Chochieva is one of the most interesting musicians of her generation, with her breathtaking technique and musicality as well as with her choice of repertoire. “(re)creations”, her latest CD, offers an exquisite collection of transcriptions by her great heroes, Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Friedman, and in the title lies the secret of this special art form, so closely related to […]

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Beethoven as Improviser? – Interview with Konstantin Scherbakov, part 2

December 28th, 2020 in Articles by | 2 comments

In this second part of our interview with Konstantin Scherbakov about his Beethoven celebrations during 2020, we talk about Liszt’s Symphony transcriptions and the improvisational aspect in Beethoven’s music. Read the first part of the interview here >> Patrick Jovell: We often picture Beethoven in a large sonata – and in a minor key. However only 9 out of the […]

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Cyprien Katsaris – Beethoven in a New Light

December 12th, 2020 in Articles by | 2 comments

Beethoven – a Chronological Odyssey is a set of six surprising CDs that must count as one of the most original new releases in the Beethoven year. Cyprien Katsaris has gained renown as a Beethoven interpreter not least because he is one of the few pianists to have recorded Liszt’s transcriptions of the symphonies – and also because he has […]

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A Scottish-Viennese Odyssey

November 13th, 2020 in Articles by | 1 comment

When Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam was in Sweden in September to play two piano concertos with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, we talked with the performer in the midst of rehearsal. The concert was recorded for Helsingborg Concert Hall Play series and – according to Brautigam – Sally Beamish’s 1st piano concerto named ”Hill Stanzas” and Mozart’s 17th, make a very fine […]

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