Behind the scenes

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice “I really should be practicing” Vladimir Horowitz and Gary Graffman

The exceptional pianist and educator Gary Graffman started his musical education at the tender age of 3! Initially, however, he did not play the piano but took violin lessons from his father Vladimir Graffman. Vladimir was a student of Leopold [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 15th, 2017
Behind the Curtain The BBC Music Prank

“Piotr Zak, who is of Polish extraction but lives in Germany, was born in 1939. His earliest works are conservative, but he has recently come under the influence of Stockhausen and John Cage. This work for tape and percussion was [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 13th, 2017
Happy 90th birthday Lollo!

The actor Humphrey Bogart described her as “the girl that makes Marilyn Monroe look like Shirley Temple,” and the photographer Philippe Halsman unabashedly claimed “she had the finest figure among all the actresses I have known.” Dubbed “the most beautiful [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 7th, 2017
Behind the Curtain The Great Piano Scam

She was described in the most glorious terms as “the greatest living pianist that almost no one has ever heard of.” Joyce Hatto came to prominence a couple of years before her death, with her real talent only discovered when [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 5th, 2017
The Kreisler Scandal

In the early part of the 20th century, Fritz Kreisler was considered one of the leading violinists of his time. Extraordinarily talented, he started his musical studies at age 4, and was admitted to the Vienna conservatory at age 7. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 23rd, 2017
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Cello Wizardry 2 : Leonard Rose and Yo-Yo Ma

Leonard Rose (1918-1984) was one of the greatest cellists of all time! He was a cellist’s cellist who is still considered the ultimate model of lush and gorgeous cello playing. Rose excelled in every aspect of his musical craft and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 21st, 2017
Lenny Longfingers

Imagine going into a library in a foreign country and stumbling over a rare and mysterious book that endlessly fuels your imagination. Day after day you return to the reading room and try to decipher, understand and interpret what is [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 15th, 2017
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mozart’s English Gentleman Student

Teaching was part of Mozart’s life-style, and we have reports that it was not uncommon for him to offer instruction while playing billiards or at the bowling alley. Vocal and instrumental instruction was not treated as an isolated phenomenon but [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 14th, 2017