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Stephen Hough’s Paganini Rituals

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Top international pianist Stephen Hough will give his debut concert in Thailand, performing with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Singaporean conductor Darrell Ang.

This is the first concert in the Great Artists Concert Series 2013 and will take place at the main hall of the...

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Pianist Don Shirley Passes Away

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Donald Shirley, a pianist and composer who gathered classical music with jazz and other forms of popular music under a singular umbrella after being discouraged from pursuing a classical career because he was black, died on April 6 at his home in Manhattan. He was 86.

His death, which was not...

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Detroit Jazz Festival 2013 Features Pianist Danilo Pérez

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

The Detroit Jazz Festival organizers announced the lineup for the annual weekend on the waterfront.

From Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, jazz greats and their fans will descend on Hart Plaza and Campus Martius in downtown Detroit for the 34th year of the free festival. It’s a chance to hear music...

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Prized Pianist To Join Bath Philharmonia

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Ashley Wass, one of the leading pianists of his generation, joins Bath Philharmonia for a concert performance at the Theatre Royal Bath conducted by Jason Thornton on Sunday, May 5 at 3pm.

The afternoon concert will feature a programme of popular classics including Nocturne by Alexander Borodin,...

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Barry Manilow Donates Yamaha Piano

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Singer Barry Manilow is sharing some of his success with Conroe ISD by donating a Yamaha piano to launch a local instrument drive for Houston-area schools.

Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion will receive two free tickets for Manilow’s...

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Lee Piano Competition Begins Tomorrow

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Opening ceremonies for the Lee Piano Competition will feature a recital by competition guest artist Dr. Steven Spooner, concert pianist and associate professor of piano at the University of Kansas, at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Kresge Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The “Audience...

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Bon Jovi Keyboardist Makes Broadway Gold

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

For a guy who didn’t have much of a musical theater background and had certainly never written a musical, David Bryan didn’t hesitate to get involved with “Memphis” back in 2001.

That was when Bryan, best known to that point as the keyboardist in Bon Jovi, was approached...

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Dream Theater Keyboardist Launches Fundraiser

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Jordan Rudess, the keyboardist for Grammy-nominated prog rock/metal icons Dream Theater, has teamed up with PledgeMusic to launch his next campaign.

Through PledgeMusic — a music company offering artists a new music model to take control of their work through their online, hands-on, direct-to-fan...

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Kasabian Keyboardist Customises Piano

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Kasabian keyboard player Ben Kealey has customised a piano as part of an art project at Curve theatre. When Ben is not touring with the band, he salvages abandoned pianos to create art installations which people can play.

He unveiled the piano called Urban Jungle, which is covered in animal...

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Turkish Pianist Convicted Of Blasphemy

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

A Turkish court has convicted pianist and composer Fazil Say of blasphemy and inciting hatred over a series of comments he made on Twitter last year.

The musician was given a suspended 10-month jail term. His lawyer, Meltem Akyol, said his client would have to serve the term if he committed...

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Dwike Mitchell Classical Pianist Dies

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Dwike Mitchell, a classically trained pianist, performed for 56 years as half of the Mitchell-Ruff Duo, a celebrated ensemble that even by jazz standards was considered unusual — and not just because its other half, Willie Ruff, played the French horn.

What set them apart was their missionary...

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Abba Duo Record Eurovision Theme

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Abba’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have written the theme tune for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest which takes place in Sweden on May 18th.

The theme, ‘We Write The Story’, has been written in collaboration with DJ Avicii and will be performed for the first...

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MusikMesse2013: Nord introduce Nord Lead 4 & Nord Lead 4 rack

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Today we got a surprise out of Sweden. The people at Nord Keyboard (Clavia) came with a new synthesizer, the Nord Lead 4. With innovative new performance features, advanced layering and synchronization possibilities, new filter types and on-board effects, the Nord Lead 4 is a synthesizer dream come...

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Visage To Release New Album

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Visage will release their new album ‘Hearts & Knives’ on May 20th, their first new release for almost thirty years.

The ‘Hearts & Knives’ album – featuring Steve Strange alongside Steve Barnacle, Robin Simon and Lauren Duvall – is preceded by a single,...

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MusikMesse2013: Roland introduces not one but three new keyboards: FP-50, FP-80 & BK-9

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

At MusikMesse2013 Roland introduced not one, as we were expecting but three keyboards. After they were teasing us with videos we were expecting just one new instrument. Via Roland Connect they now show us the new BK-9, FP-80 and FP-50.


Roland BK-9 Backing Keyboard

The BK-9...

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