A Massive Glimpse Into Ligeti’s Pianistic Universe
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by patrick
2w ago
Performing Ligeti’s complete Etudes is a challenge for any pianist. Young pianist Han Chen has received both attention and glowing reviews for his recording of the entire set for Naxos. We had the opportunity to speak with the pianist after his impressive recital at the Piano Experience in Cremona last fall. Sometimes, sensations occur within the classical piano world that manage to make their way into the mainstream news flow. Whether it’s a sensational piano competition winner or a pianist performing all of Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos in a single concert, it is uplifting to see how piano ..read more
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Master Teacher Christopher Elton – Never Ending Impetus
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by patrick
1M ago
With 50 years at the Royal Academy of Music and an international teaching career, Professor Christopher Elton has gained unique experience in how to coach accomplished artists. In this unique interview for Piano Street, Elton shares his insights and views on the big perspective. People within the professional piano community know his name, and most have heard his students on concert stages around the world and in recordings. For those knowledgeable about piano competitions, he is a household name, and despite retiring 14 years ago, he continues to be active as a teacher and as a judge worldwid ..read more
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Lucas Debargue – A Matter of Life or Death
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by nilsjohan
2M ago
Since Glenn Gould’s performances in Moscow in 1957 and Van Cliburn’s historic victory in the Tchaikovsky Competition the following year, at the height of the Cold War, no foreign pianist has attracted as much attention in Russia as Lucas Debargue. In 2015 he entered the famous competition in Moscow as a complete outsider, though he had only been studying the piano seriously for four years and had no experience of playing with an orchestra. He recently recorded the complete piano works of Gabriel Fauré on the Opus 102, a very special grand piano by Stephen Paulello. Eric Schoones from the Germa ..read more
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Does Rachmaninoff Touch Your Heart?
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by patrick
2M ago
Today, with smartwatches and everyday electronics, it is increasingly common to measure training results, heart rate, calorie consumption, and overall health. But monitoring heart rate of pianists and audience can reveal interesting insights on several other aspects within the musical field. We have previously written about Dr. Riley, who uses body scanning and heart rate to improve musicians’ playing, performance and self-consciousness. Researcher Wolfgang Tschacher has also worked on measuring synchronicity between music performances and audiences through heart rate measurements and has rece ..read more
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The Complete Piano Works of 15 Composers
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by nilsjohan
2M ago
Piano Street’s digital sheet music library is constantly growing. With the additions made during the past months, we now offer the complete solo piano works by fifteen of the most famous Classical, Romantic and Impressionist composers in the web’s most pianist friendly user interface. Last year, we celebrated Piano Street’s 20th anniversary with a new web design and new improved composer pages. Now, when you visit a composer’s page, you get an instant overview of all their piano works as well as quick access to each composer’s most popular piano pieces. With the recent addition of hundreds of ..read more
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International Piano Day 2024
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by nilsjohan
2M ago
Piano Day is an annual worldwide event that takes place on the 88th day of the year, which in 2024 is March 28. Established in 2015, it is now well known across the globe. Every year it provokes special concerts, onstage and online, as well as radio shows, podcasts, and playlists. “Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But mostly, because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener.” – Nils Frahm, pianist and founder of Piano Day Official website: pianoday.org Piano Day ..read more
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Enfant Terrible or Childishly Innocent? – Prokofiev’s Complete Piano Works Now on Piano Street
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by david
3M ago
In our ongoing quest to provide you with a complete library of classical piano sheet music, the works of Sergey Prokofiev have been our most recent focus. As one of the most distinctive and original musical voices from the first half of the 20th century, Prokofiev has an obvious spot on the list of top piano composers. Welcome to the intense, humorous, and lyrical universe of his complete Sonatas, Concertos, character pieces, and transcriptions! The music of Prokofiev follows its own, sometimes quite unpredictable logic, while at the same time being full of references to the Classical and Roma ..read more
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Yuja Wang Wins Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo
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by nilsjohan
3M ago
Winners of the 66th Grammy Awards were announced yesterday and pianist Yuja Wang was awarded the Best Classical Instrumental Solo – one of the leading classical categories – for her album “The American Project”, alongside conductor Teddy Abrams. On collecting the award during the Premiere Ceremony, Teddy Abrams said: ”A huge congratulations to the incredible Yuja Wang, who’s soloed on this extraordinary album. Yuja is one of the most talented musicians on the face of the earth right now.” The GRAMMY®, which recognises outstanding artistic and technical achievement, stands as the record indus ..read more
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Driving an Old Car – The Art of Decoding Historical Instruments
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by patrick
3M ago
How can we approach and learn about period instruments? We think the best way would be to follow the path of a pianist who actually did and additionally, very successfully. We talked with the second prize winner and winner of the prize for best Polish participant of the 2nd International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments, pianist Piotr Pawlak. Piano Street has previously covered the recent Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in three articles: The Real Chopin Shines in Warsaw Embracing the Past Now – The Messenger Paul McNulty in Warsaw Watch the Chopin Competition on Period Instr ..read more
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Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger – Following in the Footsteps of Chopin’s Legacy
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by nilsjohan
5M ago
Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, a universally recognized profile for his Chopin research and lifelong dedication to teaching, graciously accepts to answer the questions of this interview for Cremona Musica, where he received the Cremona Music Award for Communication 2023. His professional career is filled with prestigious positions: he is an emeritus professor of Musicology at the University of Geneva, has taught at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and various North American universities. His numerous and important publications, translated into several languages, are essential for scholars in t ..read more
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