Try a little mindfulness……

It isn’t easy being a musician. Aside from the daily practising routine, usually done alone and in isolation, one can suffer from confidence and self-esteem issues, and crippling self-doubt, often the result of looking at what others are doing and [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
May 23rd, 2017
Forgotten Pianists: Guiomar Novaes

Brazilian pianist Guiomar Novaes (1895-1979) entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1909 at age 14 and instantly caught the attention of Debussy, who had been on her entrance jury. Even by that young age, she had already made fundamental decisions about [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
May 22nd, 2017
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: Flutists

One of the first flute soloists to grace worldwide stages was Marcel Moyse (1889-1984), paving the way for many great flute players of the twentieth century. Born in the east of France at the turn of the century, he moved [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley
May 21st, 2017
Why I Love My Instrument

My grandfather played the piano, mostly Methodist hymns and his favourite bits of Bach, Beethoven and Haydn. I suppose I was always aware of it and recall sitting next to him when he played when I was very small. It [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
May 16th, 2017
Forgotten Pianists: Morris Rosenthal

It’s always amazing how close the past can be. The Polish pianist Moriz Rosenthal (1862-1946) was one of the leading students of Franz Liszt, who we think of as the height of the Romantic era, and also saw some of [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
May 15th, 2017
‘Composed’ a documentary film by John Beder

Performance Anxiety – for many musicians and performers it’s the fear which cannot, must not, speak its name, and together with injury and illness, it’s a major taboo. We don’t discuss anxiety because we’re not supposed to feel it. As [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
May 9th, 2017
Forgotten Pianists: Leopold Godowsky

Influential as a performer and teacher as well as a composer, the Polish pianist Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938) was given the nickname the “Buddah of the Piano.” A rarity at a time of great piano tuition, Godowsky was almost entirely self-taught. [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
May 8th, 2017
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: Classical Music Ensembles

Musicians have long known that playing or singing in an ensemble can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable musical experiences. The process of making music with friends or like-minded musicians provides the unique opportunity to discuss interpretative opinions, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
May 7th, 2017