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Multi-Talented Stephen Hough Enters the Blog Scene
English pianist Stephen Hough has enjoyed a phenomenal recording career with over forty recordings, many of which have won Gramophone and Diapason awards and Time Magazine’s Classical CD of the Year. Read his blog at blog at Telegraph. Read more >>
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... Read more >>
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. Read more >>
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,... Read more >>
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. Read more >>
Glenn Gould – Seeking the Ordinary in the Eccentric
Many are names of things we hold dear. An enigmatic musical poet, world- renowned pianist Glenn Gould continues to captivate years after his untimely death in 1982. In 2010 the documentary Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould was presented... Read more >>
András Schiff Teaches Bach
András Schiff works with a student on Bach’s Second Partita for Keyboard, one of a set of six and the last group of keyboard suites Bach composed. Read more >>
The Art of Improvisation – Risky Business and Living It All at the Same Time
It’s unquestionable that Keith Jarrett is one of the most significant pianists to emerge in the second half of the 20th Century. This is a wonderful documentary portrait from 2005 of one of the world’s pianist superstars of improvisation. Classical... Read more >>
Breaking News: Mysterious Mozart Cadenza Identified!
During his current work recording piano music by the Italian composer Andrea Luchesi — a contemporary of W. A. Mozart — pianist Roberto Plano made a most unusual and rare discovery. Read more >>
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... Read more >>
Gould’s Favourite Piece but not his Favourite Piano
Neither of the two Gould recordings of J.S. Bach´s Goldberg Variations (1955 and 1981) were made on Gould´s favourite instrument. The Aria is played here on a Yamaha grand, shortly before Gould´s death in October 1982. Read more >>
The 14th Van Cliburn – Merging High Quality Performance with Hi-End Technology
The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is an innovative force in the classical music field and is a recognized leader in bringing live performances to audiences extending far beyond the concert hall. Read more >>
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... Read more >>
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. Read more >>
Acclaimed All-Russian Debut Album by Vinnitskaya
New signing and exclusive Naïve Classique artist, she makes her much anticipated debut album on the Ambroisie label featuring an all-Russian programme of piano sonatas by Rachmaninov, Medtner and Prokofiev and a piece by Gubaidulina. Read more >>
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... Read more >>
Talk of the Town: Bavouzet´s Debussy Complete
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet took the Instrumental Award at this year’s BBC Music Awards for the third (out of four) volume of his complete Debussy piano music series on the Chandos label. Read more >>
Prokofiev: Sarcasms and Visions Fugitives
The Visions Fugitives, Sarcasms and Prokofiev’s own piano transcriptions of the March and Scherzo from his opera “The Love for Three Oranges” opus 33 have now been added to Piano Street’s sheet music library. Read more >>
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... Read more >>
"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". Read more >>
András Schiff Almost Won Grammy Without Pedal
Schiff's 2012 recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was nominated for the category “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” at the Grammy Awards 2013. He did not win the Grammy this time but had there been a category for “Best Classical Piano Solo... Read more >>
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. Read more >>
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. Read more >>
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. Read more >>
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. Read more >>
Piano Street on Twitter
Follow us on Twitter to get updated about the classical piano music world: - Bach and beer! - A flaming piano? Lady Gaga goes Scriabin? - Can you tell Mozart, Salieri apart? - How to Play Bach on the Piano - The Classical Music Recording Business -... Read more >>
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. Read more >>
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... Read more >>
Talking Pianos with Trifonov
Can “water practice” along with yoga and stretching enhance performance endurance and pianistic feeling? ... Read more >>
Up in the Air – Atkinson performs Beethoven
This is a lovely performance on an invisible piano by comedy genius Rowan Atkinson (also known as Mr. Bean). The air piano act include two Beethoven sonatas: the first movement from the Pathétique Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op.13 and the third movement... Read more >>
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... Read more >>
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... Read more >>
Piano Music to Cleanse the Soul – Pietro De Maria on Bach’s 48
At the Cremona Mondomusica Piano Experience in October, the Italian pianist Pietro De Maria performed selected preludes and fugues from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (WTC), as part of the exhibition’s Decca/Deutsche Grammophon showcase series. After... Read more >>
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. Read more >>
New Chopin Photo Found!
The Swiss physicist and Chopin connoisseur Alain Kohler, already known for discovering in a private German home a Pleyel piano that once belonged to Frédéric Chopin, has made another sensational find. Kohler, together with Gilles Bencimon of Radio... Read more >>
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. Read more >>

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