News Archive


Doom Piano?

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Built as part of the Virgin Media Game Space, the explanation is in the title: it’s Doom in a piano. A £30 left for dead piano.

David Hayward, curator and event producer said: “The idea first came about from Ricky Haggett at Honeyslug, who was part of our initial period of throwing around...

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No Venue Is Too Small For Globetrotting Pianist

Monday, September 30th, 2013

American pianist Jon Nakamatsu is no stranger to the major concert halls of the world or to important classical music events.

In 2010, for example, he gave a recital at the Chopin Bicentenary at Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Poland. That same year, Nakamatsu played at the Beijing International...

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Enjoy Intimate Performance By Talented Pianist

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

For those who have yet to savour the special atmosphere and intimacy of Ammanford Miners’ Theatre, the piano recital by Clare Hammond is the perfect opportunity.

Acclaimed by The Daily Telegraph as a pianist of “amazing power and panache”, Clare Hammond has performed across Europe, Russia...

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Pianist Fazil Say Sentenced To 10 Months In Prison

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

World-renowned Turkish pianist Fazıl Say, who was sentenced to 10 months in prison for blasphemy in April, was again sentenced to 10 months by an Istanbul court last week in a retrial.

Say had received a suspended 10-month prison sentence on charges of “insulting religious beliefs held by...

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Pianist Jeremy Denk Made MacArthur Fellow

Friday, September 27th, 2013

The pianist and writer Jeremy Denk has been named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, along with jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer.

Both Denk and Iyer will receive a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000 (£390,000) spread out over five years to use as they wish – an award which has earned the programme...

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9 Days Of Music In Ipswich

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Joanna MacGregor has had to bow out of this year’s Ipswich School Festival of Music due to an accident.

Performing in her place on September 30 will be award-winning young pianist Erdem Misirlioglu who was born in town and educated at Northgate High School.

“We’re obviously disappointed...

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Elton John Concerts Protested By Russian Parents’ Group

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

A parents’ group in Russia is protesting Elton John‘s upcoming concerts there. The committee has asked President Vladimir Putin to cancel the shows because of the singer’s homosexuality.

Just last week, John said he wouldn’t cancel his Dec. 6 show in Moscow because of the nation’s...

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Elton John: His First Piano Album

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The piano has been an inseparable part of Elton John’s music and persona since he began playing pubs at age 15. Somehow, the pop legend made 30 studio albums without pushing the instrument to the forefront.

That changes with The Diving Board, out today. The album’s spare, moving,...

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Why Pianists Care About The Steinway Sale

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Ever since the announcement last month that Steinway Musical Instruments agreed to sell itself to the hedge-fund firm Paulson & Co. for five hundred and twelve million dollars, panicked piano lovers have been voicing their concerns. “The wolves have won again,” one posted. “America takes...

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Elijah Wood Stars In The Film Grand Piano

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Magnolia Pictures’ Magnet Releasing has acquired US distribution rights to Grand Piano, which had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin last Friday.

Starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, the film was directed by Eugenio Mira (Agnosia) and produced by Adrián Guerra and Rodrigo...

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Human Piano in Quebec

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Members of the public were encourage to join in and test out the human piano by standing on the keys. Each key on the piano was represented by a different opera singer, each one assigned a specific note.

As the video shows, various people and even animals got involved, resulting in a bit of...

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Piano Prodigy Sets Records: Curtis Elton

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

When Curtis Elton passed his Grade 8 music exam in piano last year, his parents and teachers were astonished.

But the nine-year-old has now gone one step better – by becoming the youngest person in the world to receive a degree-equivalent diploma.

The youngster gained an ATCL diploma...

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Yamaha’s “Best Stage Piano To Date”: CP4 Stage

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

For almost 40 years, Yamaha’s electric grands have graced the stages of professional players the world over. After almost two years in development, the company is readying “simply the best stage piano Yamaha has ever made” for release later this month. Featuring natural wood keys...

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Pianist Plans Musical Marathon In Manchester

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Classical music fans can expect to see something special next month as a renowned pianist is putting on a Manchester musical marathon – aiming to play all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos in one evening.

The epic five-hour classical endurance test by Martin Roscoe is hosted at The Royal...

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Akron Symphony Opens Season With Pianist Hammer

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Akron Symphony Assistant Conductor and pianist Levi Hammer will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major in concert for the first time Sunday for the orchestra’s opening night.

The event, which also will feature Ron Nelson’s Savannah River Holiday and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in...

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