News Archive


Contest: Pianist of the Year

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Every high-class café or bar used to have a piano player, before playing background music from a CD or a music service became ubiquitous. Some people — including those at piano maker Petrof — would like to keep the old tradition going. The New York Café-Prague at Boscolo Prague Hotel and the...

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Pianist Alice Herz-Sommer Turns 110

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Alice Herz-Sommer, the second oldest person living in London and the world’s oldest survivor of the Holocaust turned 110 on Tuesday. She celebrated at home, in her one-bedroom ground-floor flat in London’s Belsize Park.

Still going strong, Alice is by all accounts the world’s...

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Spanish Pianist Not Guilty of Noise Pollution

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

A Spanish court has acquitted a pianist who was facing seven years in prison of causing psychological damage and noise pollution.

The trial attracted worldwide attention after public prosecutors demanded a custodial sentence for Laia Martin, 28, over her piano playing.

Martin’s...

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Star Pianist Could Perform at Sochi 2014

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Award-winning classical pianist Denis Matsuev dropped a hint that he will star in the opening ceremony for February’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, the details of which are being kept strictly under wraps.

Olympic opening ceremonies are typically lavish and secretive affairs, as with London’s...

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Top Classical Pianist Kathryn Stott Plays in Huddersfield

Monday, November 25th, 2013

She’s a world class musician and will receive a warm welcome when she returns to Huddersfield early next month.

Kathryn Stott joins the Orchestra of Opera North for a concert in the Town Hall as part of the Kirklees Orchestral season.

It is little more than a year since she last...

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Piano Manufacturer Pleyel Closes Its Last Workshop

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Pleyel, the piano manufacturer beloved by Chopin, is to close its last workshop.

With the market for its top-of-the-range instruments continuing to decline, the Paris-based company has accepted that it is unable to sustain losses on a yearly basis and will be making its 14 remaining staff redundant.

Founded...

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Da Vinci’s Viola Organista Built in Poland

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

With elegant black and tan keys, it looks just like a baby grand piano. But when the instrument’s keys are stuck, they release the distinctive sound of a cello. The remarkable creation is the viola organista – which was originally designed by Leonardo da Vinci in the late...

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Cocaine boogie: James Booker

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

It was the legendary Louisiana musician Dr John who memorably described James Booker as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced”. Though Booker – who died from hard living in 1983 at the age of 43 – would have undoubtedly approved of the description,...

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KeyLab Keyboard Controllers Finally Out

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Music software and hardware company Arturia is proud to announce availability of its KeyLab range of professional-grade MIDI keyboard controllers complete with all-new accompanying Analog Lab synthesizer software as of November 15.

As implied by name, KeyLab 25 features 25 keys with velocity...

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Pianist faces jail for playing too loud, too often

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Spanish prosecutors are seeking a 20-month prison sentence for a professional pianist whose former neighbour is suing over alleged noise pollution.

Musician Laia Martin is on trial in Girona after her family’s downstairs neighbour, Sonia Bosom, accused her of causing psychological harm.

After...

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Pianist Brings Life to Da Vinci’s Piano

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

With elegant black and tan keys it looks like a baby grand piano, but when tinkled they release the voluptuous tones of a cello.

Painter of the Mona Lisa, Italian Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci dreamt up the Viola Organista in the late 15th century as a marriage of keyboard and string...

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Pianist Dorian Amaral Takes Young Musician of Mann Title

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Some outstanding talent was showcased at the Erin Art Centre’s Isle of Man Bank Auditorium last weekend for the final of Young Musician of Mann 2013.

Of the eight teenaged competitors, it was highly-rated pianist Dorian Amaral who the judges – show chairman John Bethell MBE, Dr Fenella...

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Classical Pianist Wins Women of the Future Award 2013

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Just months after Romania’s first ever female solo pianist to perform at the Royal Albert Hall, Alexandra Dariescu is topping off 2013 with a Women of the Future Award.

Posting on Twitter, RNCM and Guildhall alumna Dariescu said she was over the moon, and described the win as a huge step...

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Pianist Hamelin Breathes New Life into ‘Dead’ Composers

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Canadian pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin is an archaeologist-cum-miracle worker of the piano who has almost single-handedly brought “dead” 19th-century composers back to life with his powerful, nimble fingers and keen intellect.

Although he has recorded more than 50 CDs, even the keenest...

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Spanish Pianist Facing Jail for ‘Noise Pollution’

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

To most people, noise pollution is a jet engine roaring over their head. For one Spanish woman, it was a neighbour playing the piano more softly than a spoken conversation.

The woman has taken her neighbours in the apartment below – a 27-year-old pianist and her parents – to court....

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