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Why Piano Competitions Will Never Yield a Superstar
Boris Giltburg, an Israeli pianist who won Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth Music Competition last month, has mixed feelings about his victory. “I’m a bit angry at the world for not having come up with another way of discovering talent other than
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Middle-Aged Music Man
ON a recent Sunday, I found myself in a small performance space in Brooklyn, wearing a jacket, which I rarely do, surrounded by 9-year-olds, and feeling more than a little anxious. I was 48 years old, and I was performing
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The key to investing in pianos
In this internet age of instant gratification the piano often gets short shrift. Rather than allowing it to collect dust in the corner, why not turn this instrument into an investment and bring sweet music to the home?
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Buy a Steinway, Play like Rubinstein
As the western classical music world looks to China as its biggest market in the not-to-distant future, owning a Steinway there, we hear from Die Welt, is almost as prestigious as owning a Ferrari. The only reason it’s not, we read,
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Playing by Heart, With or Without a Score
It would seem that the filmmaker Michael Haneke, who wrote and directed the wrenching and poignantly acted new French movie “Amour,” is swept away by the mystique of a pianist, alone onstage, conveying mastery and utter oneness with music by
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Playing the piano better than the pianists
Occasionally you come across non-pianists who play the piano better than the professionals. My first composition teacher, Douglas Steele, was a case in point. He was more than a little absent-minded by the time I studied with him and he
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Scaled back: dying skill a note of concern for pianists
AUSTRALIA has a million pianos, but sounding the right note is an increasing problem because of a drastic shortage of qualified piano tuners.
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Music may well soothe the savage political beasts
A PIANO sat at the centre of things in our family. It still does. Any excuse for a gathering set the piano singing. Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, Easter, picnic races, a sheep or cattle sale, a wake …
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