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Pianist Aims to Create Complete Concert Experience

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Stephen Hough, who performs tonight at Jack Singer Hall, Calgary, selects music, he assembles his repertoire with as much attention to the audience experience as a French chef running a four-star restaurant.

It involves a combination of choosing a variety pieces of varying size and piano perspective.

“The...

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Top East Lancs Pianist and Festival Founder Dies at 83

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

A renowned pianist who spent many years with the Blackburn Cathedral Choir has died, aged 83. Peter Fielding, who was also responsible for setting up the Ramsbottom Music Festival, died earlier this month after a short illness.

Mr Fielding, of Chiltern Close, Ramsbottom leaves his wife Andrea,...

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Audience Vote to Decide Pianist’s Chopin Concert Repertoire

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The concert, taking place on April 29th at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, will see Sergio Tiempo play a programme of works by Brahms, Beethoven and many more, but there’s an unconfirmed slot where six individual Chopin Etudes will be performed.

Tiempo has set up a Soundcloud page...

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Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch Counts Blessings after Near-Death Experience

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Praised as “unfalteringly elegant” by The New York Times, Fred Hersch’s recent album bears a more-than-apt title: Alive at the Vanguard.

Not just “live” in the standard musical sense. That wouldn’t do his story justice. Talking, breathing, performing. Living.

“It’s...

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Pianist Oliver is Bishop’s Stortford High School’s Young Musician of the Year

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Pianist Oliver Philcox, a Year 13 student, claimed the title of Young Musician of the Year 2014 after a close competition played out during the 35th Bishop’s Stortford High School annual music festival.

In the final Oliver, who played Prelude Op. 3 No 2 in C# Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff,...

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Miami Piano Fest Opens With Italianate Chopin

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

“The Romantic Spectrum” is this year’s theme of the Miami International Piano Festival’s Master Series at the Broward Center. In his life and music, Frederic Chopin epitomized the romantic spirit and, appropriately, Pietro De Maria opened the three-concert event on Sunday afternoon with an...

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Pianist Evgeny Kissin Aims to Communicate Love of Classical Music

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Pianist Evgeny Kissin speaks many languages, but to audiences around the world he is best known — and in some circles, revered — for his ability to articulate, with precision, the greatest scores of the classical piano repertoire.

Talking with the Russian-born artist on New York’s...

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Pianist Gabriela Montero Urges Artists to Protest

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Pianist Gabriela Montero is urging prominent Venezuelan artists to speak out about the political turmoil in their country, especially given escalating tensions in recent weeks.

Protesters have filled the streets of major cities, expressing anger about a range of issues from food shortages to...

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Russian Father-Son Pianist Duo to Perform in Hanoi

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Famed Russian pianists Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy will enthrall Hanoi audiences with their performances tonight.

At their show, Vladimir Ashkenazy, one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century and his son Vovka, a talented pianist, will showcase works of renowned composers Franz Schubert,...

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Tonna Male Voice Choir in Search for Pianist

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

A Neath choir is desperately seeking an accompanist in order to keep almost 50 years of history alive, but so far it seems that pianists are like gold dust in South West Wales.

Tonna Male Voice Choir is also looking for a musical director to help its 40 odd members continue their long tradition...

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Pianist Danny Wright Signs Deal with QRS Technologies

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

QRS Technologies, Inc. have agreed to record and market two live concerts by world-renowned pianist & composer Danny Wright, who is founder of WH Sound Studio and an official Steinway artist based in Las Vegas.

Both concert events are being recorded by QRS using its PNOscan technology on...

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Pianist Dimitrije Vasiljevic To Perform At Carnegie Hall

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Dimitrije Vasiljevic, a New York-based award-winning pianist and composer of Serbian nationality who is performing extensively in New York City jazz clubs, will have his debut at Carnegie Hall in March 2014.

After releasing his debut album “The Path of Silvan”, consisting entirely of his...

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Award-Winning Pianist Joins Israel’s Haifa Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Shine” — showcasing Geoffrey Rush’s Oscar-winning portrayal of troubled Australian pianist David Helfgott — then you know all about “Rach 3.”

That would be Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, a piece so daunting that, in the movie, it triggers...

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Pianist Sara Davis Buechner at the National Gallery

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

As if to prove that her music-making wasn’t all fireworks and technical wizardry, pianist Sara Davis Buechner opened her program at the National Gallery on Sunday with Mozart’s brief and youthful E-Flat Major Sonata, K 282 in a reading that opened almost languidly, proceeded with beautifully...

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Pianist John Briggs Jailed for Indecent Assaults

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

A renowned concert pianist has been jailed for eight years after being found guilty of indecently assaulting music pupils.

John Briggs had denied the attacks on boys aged 10 to 15, between 1969 and 1993.

Bradford Crown Court heard his victims were sea cadets or boys he was teaching piano.

Briggs,...

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