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In conversation with Alexandre Tharaud

Alexandre Tharaud © Marco Borggreve
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

Cyprien Katsaris © Jean-Baptiste Millot
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

Alain Lompech in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil © Albert SIlver
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

Alice Sara Ott © Jonas Becker
“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

Adam Gatehouse © Simon Jay Price
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

Leif Ove Andsnes © Özgür Albayrak
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

© 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

Ronald Brautigam © Marco Borggreve
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

© Marco Borggreve
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.
Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition
Entry deadline:
Performers: 31 May 2018
Composers: 16 August 2018
Finals:10-23 September 2018
Katowice, Poland
Piano, violin, voice, string quartet, composition
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The Hamamatsu International Piano Competition
Entry deadline:
Entries now closed
Finals: 7 - 25 Nov 2018
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The George Enescu Festival Competition
Entry deadline:
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Finals: 11 - 23 Sep 2018
Piano, cello, violin
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Geneva International Music Competition
Entry deadline:
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Finals: November 2018
Piano & Clarinet
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ARD International Music Competition Munich
Entry deadline:
Entries now closed
Finals: September 2018
Voice, Viola, Trumpet, Piano Trio
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Romantic piano

Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana

First edition of 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

Beethoven and Brahms © Wikimedia Commons
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
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

Katakomben von Paris
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

Tone row from Schoenberg Piano Piece, Op.33a © Wikimedia Commons
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

Liszt giving a concert for Emperor Franz Joseph I
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

L'Embarquement pour Cythère, J. Watteau (1718)
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

© Daniel García Bruno
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

Charlemagne Palestine © Agnès Gania
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?

Pavel Kolesnikov © Colin Way
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

© Caroline Doutre
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

Abdel Raman El Bacha © Samuel Cortes
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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LuganoNew Generation: Harriet Krijgh and Magda Amara

Beethoven, Bartók, Rachmaninov
Harriet Krijgh; Magda Amara

LondonBluthner Piano Series: Chenyin Li

Beethoven, Traditional Chinese, Stravinsky
Chenyin Li, Piano

LondonNikola Avramovic in Recital

Nikola Avramovic in Recital
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16
Nikola Avramovic, Piano

BrightonBernstein, Messiaen, Mayuzumi for flute, piano, percussion

Bernstein, Messiaen, Mayuzumi, Copland
Rebecca Griffiths; Unknown

StuttgartTchaikovsky's Fifth

Tchaikovsky's Fifth
Garzia, Shor, Tchaikovsky
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra; Sergey Smbatyan; Ingolf Wunder; David Aaron Carpenter

LondonBritten Sinfonia: Beethoven, Barry

© Brian Voce
Beethoven, Barry
Britten Sinfonia; Allan Clayton; Thomas Adès
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New York Philharmonic start out routinely and end exceptionally

Semyon Bychkov © Chris Christodoulou
Semyon Bychkov lead the New York Philharmonic in an outstanding rendition of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.
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Ott and de Waart bring magnificent Mozart and Dvořák to Antwerp

Alice Sara Ott © Jonas Becker
The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra make Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony sound like new, while Alice Sara Ott’s joy in playing Mozart is palpable.  
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All Robbins at NYCB

When de Luz reached down and laid his hand on the floor in the final Nocturne, it suggested to me that, on this night and with these dancers, the stage was sacred ground.
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Elegant Mozart and a thrilling Mahler 6 from Milstein and RTÉ NSO

Nathalia Milstein © Frederic Labrouche
A well crafted, elegant Mozart Piano Concerto no. 23 in the first half counters the passions and tragedy of Mahler’s Symphony no. 6 in the second. 
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From Beethoven to Shostakovich at the Musikverein

Igor Levit © Gregor Hohenberg
If Beethoven referred to his own compositional approach as “redend” (speaking), then Levit speaks him clearly, beautifully and fluently.
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Mischief and mastery: Ligeti concertos from Aurora Orchestra

Pierre-Laurent Aimard © Marco Borggreve | Deutsche Grammophon
Not even the BAFTAs going on next door offered the star quality on display in the QEH.
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GothenburgPer Tengstrand - Grieg encore

Grieg: Lyric Pieces: March of the trolls, Op.54 no.3
Per Tengstrand, Piano

BergenSibelius - Impromptu (encore)

Sibelius: Impromptu in B Minor for piano, Op.5 no.5
Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano

GothenburgPierné - Étude de Concert

Pierné: Étude de Concert, Op.13
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Piano

StockholmTailleferre Piano Trio

Tailleferre: Piano trio
Lola Torrente; Hanna Dahlkvist; Anna Christensson

GothenburgPer Tengstrand - Grieg encore

Grieg: Lyric Pieces: March of the trolls, Op.54 no.3
Per Tengstrand, Piano
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JonathanDemyashkin, DmitryDenk, JeremyDesmarais, LorraineDespax, EmmanuelDeutsch, HelmutDi Piazza, AliceDichter, MishaDiehl, AaronDiluka, ShaniDinnerstein, SimoneDonohoe, PeterDouglas, BarryDownes, KitDownes, LaraDrake, JuliusDriver, DannyDullea, MaryDumont, FrançoisDurrant, PeteDussek, MichaelDzekzer, IngaDíaz, FrancisDíaz-Jerez, GustavoEgliņa, AgneseEimer, NicolaEspejo, SergioFarjot, JohannFarrington, IainFavorin, YuryFavre-Kahn, LaureFedorova, AnnaFellner, TillFennelly, MichaelFinalists of the Edvard Grieg Piano CompetitionFingerhut, MargaretFischer-Dieskau, ManonFisher, JohnFlagstad, GunnarFleischer, AlexanderFletzberger, MatthiasFleurot, EmmanuelleFliter, IngridFormenti, MarinoForsberg, BengtFotopoulos, CostasFowke, PhilipFrankl, PeterFray, DavidFreeman, JocelynFrese, AndreasFrith, BenjaminFujita, MaoFukuma, KotaroGallardo, JoséGamal KhamisGavric, IvanaGavrylyuk, AlexanderGees, MichaelGelenbe, Deniz ArmanGelleva, SrebraGeniušas, LukasGerstein, KirillGillham, JaysonGiltburg, 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