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Astoria Characters: The Community-Minded Pastor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.01.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Plunk, plunk, plunk; plink-plink-plink-plink. Someone is playing, let's make that pounding, a toy piano. Thia Reggio, pastor of the Astoria First Pre...

Jesse Fischer's Day Dreamer, a Manifestation of Identity

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 11.24.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

Fischer naturally gravitated towards a farm-to-table musical identity, choosing to have a hand in every ounce of the process rather than simply observe, which has yielded work as a producer and engineer.

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Plays the Toy Piano

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 11.24.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's a baby grand in the living room, but when Phyllis Chen sits down to play, it's at the child-size cherry-red toy piano.

Einstein's Piano

Pia de Jong | Posted 11.12.2015 | Science
Pia de Jong

This month marks the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity. Amid all the celebrations and conferences, it is easy to forget about the real human being who actually did it. But if you live in Princeton, and his piano is in your living room, he is always present.

How I Got There: Yefim Bronfman

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 11.05.2015 | Entertainment
Lan Anh Vu

Soviet-born Israeli-American Yefim Bronfman is among the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today. Bronfman has impressed audiences and critics worldwide with his solo recitals, orchestral engagements, and expanding catalogue of recordings.

Actions Speak Louder Than Notes! Piano Prodigy Turns Sights on Philanthropy

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.15.2015 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Not long ago, I was walking out of the Unitarian Church I attend in Princeton. From the chapel I could hear faint notes of beautiful music, piquing my...

Concert Pianist Simon Ghraichy Gears Up For Carnegie Hall Debut

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.14.2015 | Gay Voices

More than anything, Simon Ghraichy is proud to be a citizen of the world.  The 29-year-old concert pianist, who was born in Lebanon to a Lebanes...

Piano Prodigy! My Kid Is Terrible at Everything!

Kate Levkoff | Posted 10.11.2015 | Parents
Kate Levkoff

He works through Mozart's piano concertos while I prepare a nutritious and balanced meal that he will love. Seriously, he has learned nothing. After a year, he is yet to master Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. We have come to love these precious moments. We will both need therapy.

Chris Dingman's 'The Subliminal and the Sublime'

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 09.10.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The Subliminal to the Sublime is an "aural feast" to be savored. If you have 60 minutes in your frantic life to dedicate to this music, sit down in your zero gravity recliner with a fine set of quality headphones and allow yourself to be immersed in Mr. Dingman's images.

7-Year-Old With Autism Wows Taylor Swift With '1989' Piano Medley

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 08.20.2015 | Parents

Another fan has managed to catch Taylor Swift’s eye, thanks to his amazing piano skills. Seven-year-old Jacob Velazquez show...

What Is a Master Teacher?

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 08.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rebecca Lammersen

My youngest daughter has wanted to play piano for over a year now. I know my daughter through and through, and not just any teacher would do. I know...

Why is Sheet Music Still Considered Necessary for Music Education?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Robbie Gennet

What a shame that high-caliber musicians could get turned away from music schools simply because they have no desire to read notation. Most schools don't currently have a notation-free track to put them on anyway.

Brava! Watch This Young Girl Play Piano in Her Sleep

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment
Van Winkle's

Sleepwalkers often wander aimlessly when in their somnambulant state. But a young lady in New Zealand had a precise destination in mind: her piano.

Astoria Characters: The Music Mama

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.14.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Singer. Songwriter. Musician. Performer. Wife. Mother. Worker. Shelly Bhushan lists these labels -- she doesn't think she has left any out -- and adds juggler. That's the one word that defines her life.

This Guy Quit His Job To Play Piano Around The World In A Beautifully Unplugged Life

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 07.13.2015 | Travel

More than four years ago, Dotan Negrin quit his job in New York City, loaded a full-size piano into a van and started a road trip around the world. &...

Shaun Martin Takes the Reins With Debut Album Seven Summers

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 07.07.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

At 6:43 in Snarky Puppy's video for "Lingus," the closer on 2014's We Like It Here, Shaun Martin puts his head in hands. As Cory Henry climbs closer to the finale of a stratospheric keyboard solo, Martin's mock disgust -that "this dude" gesture- embodies what we're all feeling.

Homeless Man Blows Us Away With His Moving Piano Performance

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.07.2015 | Good News

People across the Internet are mesmerized by one homeless man's amazing musical skills. Donald Gould, a homeless man, was seen playing a moving co...

How Does a Pianist Remember the 30,000 Notes of the 'Rach 3'?

Jura Margulis | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Jura Margulis

Concert pianists can perform a 45 minute piece with 30,000 individual notes, that have to be performed in an absolutely particular order, with rhythmical and dynamic variability, passionately creating an emotional and formal narrative, from memory, live on stage.

Hiring Guru: Neil Moore's Simply Music Gateway

David Jensen | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
David Jensen

Being a "hiring guy'" and entrepreneur, for me, has brought one very unexpected gift that continues to drive me ever so happily along my path. It's the people I meet, their vast abilities, their stories and their unique approach to life and the serving of others.

286 Hubs of Harmony: NYC Street Pianos Past, Present and Future

Camille Zamora | Posted 06.05.2015 | Arts
Camille Zamora

By sunrise tomorrow, 50 Sing for Hope Pianos will have been placed throughout the five boroughs, bringing to 286 the number of street pianos placed here since the project's 2010 debut.

Al Stewart's Biggest Fan in Rural Tuscany

Rick Steves | Posted 05.26.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

My dad was a piano tuner, and in my travels, any time I see a piano, I have an urge to play it or hear it played. At Il Canto del Sole agriturismo, Luciano showed me around his farm while his son, Marco, attentively followed, seemingly fascinated by my work as a guidebook writer.

Downton Abbey, Grantchester and Beyond: Q&A With Composer John Lunn

Xaque Gruber | Posted 09.19.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

If you want a spectacular score to accompany your British drama series, then look no further than John Lunn, the maestro behind the music for Grantchester, Little Dorrit, The White Queen, Shetland and Downton Abbey.

Can Classical Music Be Cool?

Karim Hakimzadeh | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Karim Hakimzadeh

It occurred to me then how rare it is for people to take the time to devote their full attention to classical music. All too often it has taken its place in society as background noise.

Daily Meditation: Discovery

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Daily Meditation: Legends And Dreams

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.03.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...