Forgotten Pianists: Ely Ney

Beethoven specialist Ely Ney (1882-1968) made her name largely in Germany. She began her piano studies with the encouragement of her grandmother, studying first in Cologne and then in Vienna. She had 2 lessons with Theodor Leschetizky and more with [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
June 26th, 2017
Jonas Kaufmann’s Otello at Royal Opera House

The hottest day in the United Kingdom in nearly 30 years. The day of the Queen’s Speech. And the hottest ticket in town was for opening night of the Royal Opera House’s new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello, featuring German [...] more >>

by Philip Eisenbeiss
June 25th, 2017
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: Symphony Orchestra

It doesn’t matter how often I’ve been to concerts in the past. The incredible sounds and excitement of a symphony orchestra plowing ahead at full steam still sends shivers down my spine! The sheer range of musical colors and textures, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
June 25th, 2017
The Performing Teacher

I meet many piano teachers, at courses, workshops and masterclasses. It is always good to meet other piano teachers, to exchange ideas, and to enjoy a collective grumble about the exigencies of the job. Many of the teachers whom I [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
June 20th, 2017
Writing the Piano

People have been writing about the piano for almost as long as the instrument has existed, from early treatises on technique to manuals of exercises, student guides, pianist autobiographies, pianists writing about other pianists or the great works of piano [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
June 13th, 2017
Forgotten Pianists: Ignaz Tiegerman

Driven from Europe not by politics but by his health, the Polish pianist Ignaz Tiegerman (1893-1968) moved to Cairo in 1931 to help his asthma. He became the centre of piano education in Cairo for the next thirty years.

by Maureen Buja
June 12th, 2017
Sounds of Silence: thoughts on John Cage’s 4’33”

The other day I was talking about John Cage’s infamous work 4’33” with one of my students, while giving the student an overview of music history. When we got to 20th century music, it was the student, not me, who [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
June 6th, 2017
Forgotten Pianists: Arthur De Greef

Belgian composer and pianist Arthur De Greef (1862-1940) was a child prodigy, winning his first piano competiion at age 11, even if it was only a local one. This led him to the Brussels Conservatory where he continued in the [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
June 5th, 2017