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Forgotten Pianists: Emil Gilels

Russian pianist Emil Gilels (1916-1985) was famous for his perfect pitch. He started his piano lessons at age 5 and a half, soon graduating to Clementi and Mozart sonatinas. He was matched by his sister Elizabeth Gilels (1919-2008), who made [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
April 24th, 2017
 
Picture This Using visualisation techniques in playing, performing and teaching

Visualisation techniques have been used by sports people and sports psychologists for some time now to enable the tennis player or athlete, the golfer or cyclist to prepare for a match-winning shot or prize-winning sprint. The technique involves imagining an [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
April 18th, 2017
 
Forgotten Pianists: Artur Schnabel

Austrian pianist Artur Schnabel (1882-1951) became so famous for his recording of the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas that critic Harold C. Schonberg always referred to him as ‘the man who invented Beethoven.’

by Maureen Buja
April 17th, 2017
 
Critical Ear with Sharpened Pen ‘Just Write. Write Anywhere.’ Norman Lebrecht

Norman Lebrecht Writer, broadcaster and blogger Norman Lebrecht draws an impressive 1.5 million monthly readers to his blog Slipped Disc, well-known throughout the classical music world for being the first to report on the most recent goings on.

by Oliver Pashley
April 16th, 2017
 
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: String Quartet

A quick glance at a list of string quartet ensembles active during the 20th century will give you a serious headache! The sheer number and extraordinary quality of a seemingly endless variety of ensembles, repertoires and styles speaks to the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
April 16th, 2017
 
How Amateur Orchestral Musicians Should Practice

The sheer prospect of my first orchestra rehearsal terrified me. To calm myself down, I asked a violinist friend for advice. I thought she’d share something about how to play. Instead she said: Pretend you know what you’re doing. You’ll [...] more >>

by Emily E. Hogstad
April 15th, 2017
 
Ikutaro Kakehashi (1930-2017) “Originality and Creativity in the Digital World”

Does the name Ikutaro Kakehashi ring a bell? Well, he was a self-made Japanese engineer who survived malnutrition, tuberculosis and the firebombing of Osaka. A digital music pioneer, he created the Midi (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technical standard, which describes [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
April 13th, 2017
 
The Day After the Concert…

I don’t perform that frequently – maybe four or five times a year (excluding informal performances and “house concerts” at home) – but I understand the “process” of performing and the necessary and special preparation which goes into a public [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
April 13th, 2017