Forgotten Pianists: Grigory Ginzburg

Russian pianist Grigory Ginzburg (1904-1961) and his older brother were the first musicians in their family. His older brother had been studying piano and the young Grigory started by imitating him. At age six, his talent was recognized and in [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
May 1st, 2017
How Amateur Orchestral Players Can Perform At Their Best

As amateur orchestral musicians, we deal with a lot: constant self-doubt – the gnawing knowledge that we’ll never sound as good as the big boys – balancing learning our music with our full-time day jobs – extremely tiny paychecks (if [...] more >>

by Emily E. Hogstad
April 27th, 2017
Fidelity and interpretation

An urtext edition of a work of classical music is a printed version intended to reproduce the original intention of the composer as exactly as possible, without any added or changed material. (Wikipedia)

by Frances Wilson
April 25th, 2017
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