News Archive


Ballyleague Pianist Reaches Final of Prestigious Event

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Ballyleague pianist Peter Regan, a sixth year student at Wesley College in Dublin, was a finalist in the prestigious 2013 Fr Frank Maher Music Awards.

It is Ireland’s largest classical music competition for post-primary schools and Peter, along with six other finalists, competed at Castleknock...

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The Pianist Composer Wojciech Kilar Dies Aged 81

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Polish pianist and composer Wojciech Kilar, who was Bafta-nominated for his score to Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning film The Pianist, has died aged 81.

The composer died in his hometown Katowice, southern Poland, following a long illness.

“The power and the message of his...

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Denis Kozhukhin, Russian Pianist, to Perform at SPAC

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin, a rising star on the global concert circuit, will perform next Aug. 23 with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, SPAC has announced.

Awarded first prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgium, Kozhukhin took...

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Pianist Schiff Says Life in Danger if he Returns to Hungary

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Concert pianist Andras Schiff said that he has been threatened with having his hands cut off if he returns to Hungary.

Schiff, who has been an outspoken critic of the right wing government of Viktor Orban and its relationship with the anti-Semitic extremist Jobbik Party, told the BBC in an...

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Iran from Viewpoint of a Japanese Pianist

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Noriko Ogawa, the Japanese pianist traveled to Iran last month on an invitation extended to her by the Japanese Embassy in Tehran. During her stay, she performed piano pieces in Iranian cities of Tehran and Shiraz. What follows is a part of her account of the Iran trip which she has sent to the BBC.

I...

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Fleetwood Mac Keyboardist Wants To Rejoin The Band

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Looks like a mini reunion might be in the works for Fleetwood Mac in the future. The band has been touring around the country playing their greatest hits, but it looks like one member is ready to rejoin the band. Christine McVie, the longtime keyboardist of Fleetwood Mac has been bitten by the bug...

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Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

The team at My Keyboard Lessons would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

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Young Azerbaijani Pianist Holds Concert in Paris

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Azerbaijani pianist Isfar Sarabski held a concert in Paris on December 16.

Held at the world-famous Le Duc des Lombards, Sarabski’s concert was organized by the French office of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS).

Le Duc des Lombards, one of the main jazz clubs in France, has...

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Concert Pianist Johnoscar Releases Christmas Album

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Concert pianist Johnoscar has emerged from the studio with his new release, Christmas: a unique and biographical album that weaves traditional and non-traditional Christmas music together and takes the listener on a holiday journey.

Johnoscar’s musical voyage draws from a complex pallet...

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Lang Lang on the Keys to Success

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

At the age of 31, Chinese pianist Lang Lang says he has already entered the second phase of his career.

He’s firmly at the top of the classical music world’s A-list, with repeated gigs accompanied by top orchestras and high-profile performances such as the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing...

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Concert Pianist to Stand Trial Over Abuse Claims

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

A world famous concert pianist is to stand trial in the new year over alleged sex abuse which dates back more than 40 years.

John Briggs appeared before Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC at Bradford Crown Court yesterday morning and entered not guilty pleas to a total of ten allegations covering...

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Pianist Plays Chopin in Front of Ukraine Riot Police

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The pianist, photographed by Facebook user Anastasiia Bereza, reportedly set up his piano in front of the armed police the day after protesters in Kiev brought down a statue of Lenin.

The man then played a Chopin piece for the assembled riot police, followed by a variety of folk and working...

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Renowned Pianist Evgeny Kissin Stands Up to Anti-Israel Boycott Movement

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

One of the tactics of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement is to disrupt appearances not only by Israeli speakers, but also dancers, artists and musicians.

In 2010, for example, the Jerusalem Quartet had to stop its performance in London after a BDS protester would not...

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Young Musician Mentored By Master Pianist

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Aspiring to be a world-class musician himself, who else would 13-year-old Nathan Kim want to study with than a master pianist.

Having already taken a masters class with Portland Piano International artistic director Arnaldo Cohen in May, Kim got a second opportunity, performing and receiving...

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International Pianist Tatiana Tchekina Dies

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Pianist Tatiana Tchekina, assistant professor of accompanying at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, New York, died Saturday, Dec. 7, in an automobile accident.

Professor Tchekina, who was 69, was married to violinist Oleh Krysa and since 1967 was the duo-partner in...

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