Instrument - Piano


In conversation with Alexandre Tharaud

French pianist Alexandre Tharaud will be touring Europe with the Orchestre Métropolitan of Montreal and its conductor Yannick Nézét-Séguin. On a park bench in front of the Comédie française, Tharaud tells us all.

Cyprien Katsaris, the good genie of the piano

Interview which strays off the beaten track with the pianist Cyprien Katsaris, ardent defender of piano transcription and of forgotten composers.

Passionate about piano: Alain Lompech

Meet Alain Lompech, music critic and piano specialist, who for forty years has watched the development of the music scene in France and abroad.

Alice Sara Ott: Music can’t be perfection

“It’s a waste of time if you just sit there and move your fingers for the sake of practising.” Alice Sara Ott tells us about her distinctive approach to life as a pianist.
Piano talent

Spotting talent: Adam Gatehouse

The founder of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme tells us about finding star quality in young musicians and his plans for the Leeds Competition.

Interview with Leif Ove Andsnes

Andsnes tells us about his latest venture, a journey through the piano music of Sibelius, and about his plans for the future.

Q&A: Lisa Smirnova

Austrian-Russian pianist Lisa Smirnova features in the London Piano Festival at Kings Place this October. We caught up with her for a quick Q&A.

Ronald Brautigam on historical pianos

One of the world's leading fortepiano players tells us about his lifelong love of historical pianos and how he returns to the real Beethoven.

Everest for the Pianist: Anna Fedorova

Anna Fedorova is the featured artist in our next At Home Concert Club, so we caught up with her to talk about her musical background and approach to playing Rachmaninov.
The Hamamatsu International Piano Competition
Applications open:
1 Feb - 15 Apr 2018
Finals: 7 - 25 Nov 2018
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The George Enescu Festival Competition
Entry deadline:
18 April 2018
Finals: 11 - 23 Sep 2018
Piano, cello, violin
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ARD International Music Competition Munich
Violin, Piano, Guitar, Oboe
Entry deadline:
Entries now closed.
Finals: 28 Aug - 10 Sep 2017
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Romantic piano

Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana

In the seven years before his marriage to Clara Wieck in 1840, Schumann wrote some of his best-loved keyboard works, including the First and Second piano sonatas, Kreisleriana, the C-Major Fantasy, and Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood).

The Top 10 Piano Concertos

As part of piano month, we take a look at the ten most popular piano concertos of recent years. 

Debussy-Interpreten im Wandel der Zeit

Claude Debussy hatte genaue Vorstellungen von der Interpretation seiner Werke und befand sogar, dass er in seiner Lebenszeit nur zwei wirklich gute Pianisten gehört habe - Franz Liszt und seine Klavierlehrerin. Hätte er über spätere Pianisten anders gedacht?

Modest Mussorgsky und die Klaviatur des Bildes

Im Andenken an den verstorbenen russischen Künstlerfreund und Maler Viktor Hartmann setzt Mussorgsky den mystischen Charakter von dessen Bildwelten in eine farbenreiche Musik voller Gegensätze.
Modern piano

Road to Modernism: pianistic shock waves

From Schoenberg and Ives to Boulez and Ligeti, landmark pieces of modernist and contemporary solo piano music chart the turbulent progress through the 20th century.

Opinion: The Virtuoso Pianist

Google “virtuoso pianist” and the image search results will throw up pictures of Richter, Brendel, Rubenstein, Horowitz, Argerich, Arrau, Rachmaninov, Liszt, Ashkenazy, Barenboim, Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Trifonov, Pollini, Cziffra, Gould, Kissin, Uchida, Hough, Pires, Ogdon, Schiff, Cliburn, Hamelin, Schnabel, Cortot, Horowitz, Hess, von Bulow, Andsnes...

Los viajes imaginarios de Claude Debussy

Debussy se inspiró en lugares imaginados y en ciudades lejanas para componer obras como L’isle joyeuseLa cathédrale engloutie, Pagodes o La soirée dans Grenade. Su genialidad hace que, a pesar de no haberlos visitado, la evocación y la recreación de esos espacios sea magnífica.

Q&A: Javier Perianes

Javier Perianes is perhaps the most internationally active of Spanish pianists, his brilliant career having included playing with orchestras in five continents. He was kind enough to take the time to answer our questions and he talks about the fantastic moment he is currently enjoying as well as of future projects.
Contemporary piano

Charlemagne Palestine’s Strumming Music

With his early 1970s piece Strumming Music, Charlemagne Palestine ushered in a unique piano style that is still striking today.

Piano competitons: What do the participants think?

The world of professional piano-playing today is filled with competitions. But are they really such a great way to spot the stars among the latest generation of talent? We talk to three young pianists about their experiences.

Conversation avec François-Frédéric Guy

Si François-Frédéric Guy joue avant tout une musique de la connaissance, elle s'en émancipe aussitôt dans le feu et l'adrénaline, qui sont d'un Neptune ouvrant l'océan de ses mains ! C'est un artiste dans son plus bel état de maturité et d'épanouissement que nous avons rencontré.

Rencontre avec Abdel Rahman El Bacha

Récompensé en 1978 d’un premier prix unanime au Concours Reine Elisabeth de Belgique, Abdel Rahman El Bacha mène un travail de fond sur le répertoire. Trois pôles dominent sa discographie : Beethoven, Chopin et Prokofiev, pour lesquels il a gravé plusieurs intégrales.
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ValenciaOrquesta de Valencia

Ponsoda, Bruch, Saint-Saëns
Orquesta de Valencia; Jordi Bernàcer; Katia Labèque; Marielle Labèque

Basel6. Symphoniekonzert: Simone Young | Tchaikowsky

Tchaikovsky, Scriabin
Bern Symphony Orchestra; Simone Young; Louis Lortie

Hong KongThibaudet play Gershwin

Chen, Gershwin, Elgar
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Long Yu; Jean-Yves Thibaudet

RotterdamBruckner 4 with Yannick

Mozart, Bruckner
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Nicholas Angelich

MontrealWinter Tales

Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Strauss II, Strauss, Humperdinck
Orchestre Métropolitain; Christoph Campestrini; Serhiy Salov

RigaVestards Šimkus concert performance

Vestards Šimkus; Dmitrijs Petrenko; Kristaps Ķeselis
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Xian Zhang thrills in Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev

Xian Zhang made her Los Angeles debut in a program of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev,and Chen Yi.
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Unbelievable harmony at Carnegie Hall

Starting her Perspectives series, Janine Jansen invited three outstanding musicians to join her in 20th century repertoire.
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Unassuming virtuosity: Daniil Trifonov’s Chopiniana

Chopin was the inspiration for the Russian pianist's latest recital, pairing works inspired by the composer with the “Funeral March” Sonata. 
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Mikko Franck scores a successful Cleveland debut

Mikko Franck’s Cleveland debut showed the conductor in fine form with a recent work of Julian Anderson, a Brahms symphony, and a Mozart piano concerto with Richard Goode.
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A sensation in Seattle

Late romantic music in the key of D minor reigned at Saturday night’s Seattle Symphony performance.
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Transcended Bruckner with the BSO in Basingstoke

Shining brass highlighted an honest Bruckner Eight which was preceded by Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major played by Robert Levin.
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AmsterdamYouri Egorov Memorial Concert

Ravel, Debussy, Prokofiev, Bach, Handel, Vitier, Bortkiewicz
Emile Naoumoff; Evgeny Koroliov; Boris Berman; Anne Queffélec

AmsterdamFamily Concert: Willem & Wolfgang

Residentie Orkest; Jasper de Waal; Anna Kuvshinov; Harry Piekema

AmsterdamBrodsky Quartet and friends at Prinsengrachtconcert 2017

Khachaturian, Mendelssohn, de Falla, Schumann, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Piazzolla, Barber
Brodsky Quartet; Nino Gvetadze; Marcelo Nisinman

AmsterdamArthur Jussen - Chopin's Nocturne no. 9

Chopin: Nocturne no. 9 in B major, Op.32 no.1
Arthur Jussen, Piano

HilversumSimeon ten Holt - Canto Ostinato

ten Holt: Canto Ostinato
Ivo Janssen, Piano

UtrechtShostakovich - Piano Trio no. 1

Shostakovich: Piano Trio no. 1 in C minor, Op.8
Janine Jansen; Torleif Thedéen; Eldar Nebolsin
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