Domenico Dragonetti was one of the first bassists to highlight the impact of the double bass and expose the virtuosic nature and capabilities of its profession. His life as a musician, the people he influenced, and the music he played
“Do not find yourself in the music, but find the music in yourself.”– HEINRICH NEUHAUS (1888-1964) An outstanding Ukrainian pianist and pedagogue in the early 20th century, Neuhaus was born in a musical family whose parents were both music teachers.
The titles in italics throughout refer to pieces by Claude Debussy. ‘Valse mélancolique et langoureux vertige’ (‘Melancholy waltz and languorous vertigo’) (Charles Baudelaire, Harmonie du Soir) From my seat on the grassy terrace outside Treowen Manor in the Wye, I
My first approach to Anton Rubinstein’s music came around 2013/14 when I was still a protégé of pianist Leslie Howard. He himself was indeed the first to rediscover and record the 4 Piano Sonatas and other pieces such as the
My new album, ‘Caprice Brillant’ comprises a study of caprices, both well-known and unfamiliar, by Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Jaëll, Liszt, Moszkowski, Clementi, Kapustin and Godowsky. The inspiration to build a collection of caprices grew out of one particular piece of
This is a sharp, humorous critique of book tradition of piano instruction and the current music education system, particularly in the United States. Author, Walter Ponce, is an internationally acclaimed pianist, pedagogue, and Professor Emeritus at the State University of
During this extraordinary period of one’s musical career – at the height of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – every teaching musician affected by lockdown has a single professional goal: instrumental lessons must be kept safe, personal and inspirational, and pupils’
The above picture was taken backstage after a performance at Hollywood Bowl in 1931. Ernesto Lecuona, far left, played George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the concert. Known as “The Cuban Gershwin,” Lecuona brought popular music onto the prestigious concert