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A Glimmering Christmas Celebration from Kennedy Center

NPR Jazz Piano Christmas 2017

A wonderous pianistic display of female artists and piano jazz styles, NPR presents A Jazz Piano Christmas – the annual holiday tradition featuring four celebrated jazz pianists performing their favorite seasonal music.

Winner of the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition Helen Sung and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen return to the Terrace Theater, along with Brazilian virtuoso Abelita Mateus and Cajun blues master Marcia Ball. This perennially sold-out event was recorded for broadcast and streaming online.

About the artists:

”Abelita Mateus has, in abundance, those indispensables of the musicians’ craft: sensitivity, creativity, and a prodigious technique. Most of all, she sparkles with refreshment – and for a jazz musician to sound refreshing in 2017 is no ordinary thing!” – John Lee, renowned jazz bassist and producer

”Miss Brackeen succeeds where others have failed because she balances her swarming chord clusters with straightforward melodic statements and percussive bass figures. Her music breathes, and it sings.” - The New York Times

”Marcia Ball’s rollicking roadhouse rave-ups and soulful Gulf Coast R&B, her barrelhouse playing and her feel-good party tunes are iconic.”
– USA Today

“Live jazz doesn’t get any better.” - AllAboutJazz.com, on Helen Sung


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International Piano – January/February issue

International Piano Magazine

A new issue of the magazine International Piano is out!

Bertrand Chamayou explores the mystery and spirituality of Liszt, Debussy and Ravel; German manufacturer Steingraeber & Söhne puts the piano back into fortepiano; Australian pianist Piers Lane on turning 60; and is it ethical to release discarded recordings?

Plus, scaling the heights at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht; introducing Yamaha’s AvantGrand N3X hybrid piano; Martin Helmchen explores the links between music and literature; British pianist Dominic John introduces his intriguing new album of varied and unusual preludes; intensive study meets al fresco dining in the foothills of Italy; and sheet music of Pachelbel’s Canon by Hiromi Uehara.

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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?

Here is a video from the annual German music prizes; ECHO KLASSIK Awards in October 2017 in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, where he received the award for Young Artist/Piano.

Debargue was discovered through his performances at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow in year 2015. Although placing only fourth in the final round, he was the only musician across all disciplines who was awarded with the coveted Moscow Music Critic’s Prize as a pianist who’s ”incredible gift, artistic vision, and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience”.

Since then his career took off and he has been heard with leading orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls of the world such as the Grand Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall and St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysées, Salle Gaveau and Paris Philharmonic, Conservatory of Milan, Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Prinzregententheater in Munich and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Konserthuset in Stockholm, Carnegie Hall in New York and further prestigious concert halls in Tokyo, Osaka, Chicago, Montréal, Toronto, Seattle, Mexico, Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Seoul.

Debargue plays at Echo

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Trailer from Debargue’s latest album for Sony Classical featuring works by Schubert and Szymanowski:

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5 Minutes on Franz Liszt’s Funérailles

Pianist Daniel Barenboim, now celebrating 75 years, has published a series of short videos titled “5 minutes on…” in which he discusses well-known piano pieces. In this episode he talks about Franz Liszt’s Funérailles from the piano cycle Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses.

Barenboim talks about FunéraillesLiszt built his monumental and transcendental technique on the back of Czerny’s 1,100 etudes, which, as his teacher, Czerny forced him to memorize and play incessantly. Liszt translated that incredible power to the piano. Armed with such technique, he was free to explore new directions in both composition and performance. There was, literally, nothing he couldn’t play. Because he was so gifted, he was able to break new ground by playing recitals of other composers’ music, which was unusual during the early and middle 19th century.

Piano score to download and print:

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International Piano – November/December Issue

International Piano Magazine nov-dec-2017

A new issue of the magazine International Piano is out!

Louis Lortie waxes lyrical about great pianists of the past while continuing to experiment with repertoire, old and new; Ivan Ilić rediscovers the music of Czech-French composer Antoine Reicha; the musical repercussions of Russia’s 1917 Revolution; and is there such a thing as a ‘Nordic style’ of piano playing?

Plus, the pros and cons of piano competitions; broken chords and why they deserve practice; revisiting Glenn Gould’s Goldberg Variations; 2018’s most prestigious piano competitions from across the world; the complex relationship between musical creativity and mental health; Víkingur Ólafsson’s stimulating Swedish Vinterfest; and free sheet music from Euan Moseley’s Piano Topography.

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