News Archive


Van Cliburn Memorial Concert to Mark Anniversary of Pianist’s Death

Friday, January 31st, 2014

On the one-year anniversary of the death of legendary pianist Van Cliburn, the Fort Worth-based foundation that bears his name will honor his life and contributions to music with a public concert.

The Van Cliburn Memorial Concert will take place 5-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 – the date on which...

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Newcastle University Scientists Work with Pianist to Treat ‘Musical Hallucinations’

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

A pianist who persistently hears classical music by Bach in her head could hold the key to a breakthrough in treating a rare ear condition.

The woman is one of only a handful of people to experience “musical hallucinations” as a result of tinnitus and claims she also hears Gilbert and Sullivan’s...

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Five Years Ago: Lynyrd Skynyrd Pianist Billy Powell Dies

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

The ranks of legendary southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd were deprived of yet another member on Jan. 28, 2009, when the band’s longtime keyboard player, Billy Powell, passed away suddenly at his home in Orange Park, Fla.

Born into a military family on June 3, 1952, in Corpus Christi, Texas,...

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Buckingham Pianist in Recital at Stowe School

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

An internationally acclaimed pianist who lives in Buckingham, is giving a recital at Stowe School on Wednesday, February 5.

Ingrid Jacoby performs throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America both in recital and as a soloist with the world’s major orchestras.

She has won numerous...

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Metallica Perform ‘One’ With Pianist Lang Lang

Monday, January 27th, 2014

After being on the losing end of one of Grammy’s most notorious awards — Jethro Tull‘s 1989 win for Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance — Metallica returned to the stage at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards to rock the song that should have earned them an award a quarter century ago.

Along...

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Pianist Chilly Gonzales up for Album of the Year Grammy

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Daft Punk’s gorgeous Within opens with exactly a minute of cascading piano keys, a delicate and melancholy twinkle that signals the record’s shift from icy abstract electronics to something more directly emotional.

The man behind the keys is Toronto-reared pianist Chilly Gonzales. The minute...

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World-Class Concert Pianist Story is Being Documented

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Billed as “The greatest concert Pianist that you have probably never heard of”, a feature length documentary about the life of William DeVan is being made by filmmaker, Michael Gordon. The feature length documentary titled, “Nothing To Fall Back Upon”, is a real life story about music,...

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11 Students Punished for Disrupting Performance by Israeli Pianist

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Eleven students at a South Africa university charged with disrupting a concert by an Israeli musician were sentenced to community service.

The students at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg forced the cancellation of a recital last March by pianist Yossi Reshef with their attempt...

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The Pianist With Inch-Long Fingers

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Concert pianist and buskers’ music man Richard Healey was born with fingers only an inch long, but you would not know it to hear him play.

Healey is a World Buskers Festival first-timer, playing the piano for Lili la Scala and cabaret act Dusty Limits.

While he likes to tell people...

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Dire Straits Keyboardist Launches New Band The Straits

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Former Dire Straits rocker Alan Clark has joined forces with the band’s one-time tour saxophonist to launch a new group called The Straits.

British keyboardist Clark joined the Money For Nothing hitmakers in 1980 and remained a key member until frontman Mark Knopfler announced the band’s...

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Pianist Makes Silent Films Go Down A Treat

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Few musicians can match John Sweeney in the specialised art of musical accompaniment for silent films. Across his home country and much of the rest of Europe, the English pianist is recognised as among the best at enhancing the experience of a silent movie.

Since 1990, Sweeney has been a sought-after...

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Prosecutor Drops Charges Against Pianist Fazıl Say

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

An İstanbul prosecutor has dropped the charges against pianist Fazıl Say, who was accused of “influencing the judiciary” and of an “attempt to affect a fair trial.”

Ali Emre Bukağılı previously sued Say on charges of insulting Islamic religious values in comments he made on Twitter...

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Joe Allen Pianist Jimmy Hardwick Dies

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Jimmy Hardwick, the long-serving pianist at favourite London theatreland restaurant, Joe Allen in Covent Garden, has died after a short illness at the age of 88.

After playing on the restaurant’s opening night in January 1977, he became the eaterie’s resident pianist and performed to diners...

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Pianist Plays at Popular Coffee Morning Concert

Friday, January 17th, 2014

The new series of Coffee Concerts at Rook Lane Chapel, Frome, got underway on Sunday, with a performance by Duo Dorado. The second concert on Sunday January, 26 features a return visit by the exceptional young pianist, Cordelia Williams.

The series is then rounded off with an appearance by...

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Pianist Yefim Bronfman Will Come to Prague

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Legendary American pianist Yefim Bronfman accepted the invitation of conductor Radek Baborák to the Rudolfinum in Prague where he appears to the Czech audience in accordance with the second concert of the Piano series of orchestra under the name of Czech Sinfonietta at Saturday, February 1, 2014...

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