Grigory Sokolov in Wuppertal

Grigory Sokolov, regarded as one of the best pianists alive, delivered an exceptionally refined and sublime recital at Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal as part of the Klavier-Festival Ruhr 2019, with a programme consisting of Beethoven and Brahms. On a side note, [...] more >>

by Anson Yeung
June 24th, 2019
Queen Victoria’s Gilded Piano graces the 2019 Proms

To coincide with the bicentenary of Queen Victoria’s birth, this year’s BBC Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival, will include a performance on a beautifully decorated gilded Erard piano. Many illustrious pianists played Erard instruments, including Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
June 23rd, 2019
An International Career Cut Short A Brief life of Richard Farrell

Richard Farrell (1926-1958) was, literally, one of those musical geniuses who came out of nowhere. Well, not really nowhere, but certainly far away from the usual centers of musical supply. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, and spending most of his [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
June 22nd, 2019
Anticipating the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition

As I am writing this, the eagerly anticipated 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition is taking place right around the corner, from June 17th to 29th, 2019. Thanks to‘s commitment to live stream the competition in its entirety, I will be [...] more >>

by Ellen Wong Tso
June 20th, 2019
Music: An Unspoken Philosophy

Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of existence and how we human beings behave. It also helps to prepare us for the end of our lives. Music can also offer us an understanding similar to what the study [...] more >>

by Rob J Kennedy
June 20th, 2019
To Macy

My beloved Macy, I have been so fortunate to have you as part of my life. Thank you so much for accompanying me for almost fifteen years. I still vividly remember our first encounter fifteen years ago when I was [...] more >>

by Anson Yeung
June 19th, 2019
Seeking Truth: The Musician’s Authenticity

The word “Authenticity” has a number of meanings and connotations in relation to music and musicians. Since the latter part of the twentieth century, it has been associated with performances using “period” instruments, which attempt to recreate period performance practices [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
June 16th, 2019
How to Write a Perfect Biography…?

As listeners, we’re pretty lucky these days: it seems like every second pianist is ‘one of the best pianists of their generation’! That is, according to their biographies.

Chris Lloyd
June 15th, 2019