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No Shortcuts For Yuja Wang, The World's Greatest Living Pianist

Michael Levin | Posted 02.10.2017 | Arts
Michael Levin

Yuja Wang was still an undergraduate at Curtis when she got the call: piano soloist Murray Perahia was under the weather. Could she jump on a plane to southern California and perform the next day with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields?

Yevgeny Kutik and Timo Andres in a captivating recital at National Sawdust

ZEALnyc | Posted 10.25.2016 | Arts

Yevgeny Kutik and Timos Andres at National Sawdust, October 19, 2016 Photo provided by Christina Jensen Artists By Christopher Johnson, ZEALnyc Contr...

For This Famed Pianist, Life On The Road Is Stylish, Sexy And Fun

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.13.2016 | Queer Voices

For world-renowned pianist Simon Ghraichy, a concert in New York represents more than just a performance, it gives him a unique opportunity to connect...

The Indispensable Pianist By Pei-Shan Lee

New England Conservatory | Posted 10.10.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

Pianists have increasingly come to understand that collaborative piano is not an escape for a failed solo pianist but is an exciting, rewarding field open to wonderful musicians who love making music and exchanging ideas with others.

This Piano-Playing Chicken Will Knock You Over With A Feather

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.28.2016 | Weird News

French composer Igorrr’s protege is a chicken named Patrick that pecks away at a little piano, creating a fine fowl rhapsody. “The musical timing ...

In Boston, Would-Be Piano Technicians (You Call Them Tuners) Learn Their New Craft

Michael Levin | Posted 09.22.2016 | Arts
Michael Levin

On a bright Boston morning, 16 people of varying gender, age, nationality, and ethnicity gathered around a piano to hear Emily Townsend play one note ...

Hospice Nurse's Moving Adele Rendition Goes Viral For All The Right Reasons

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 07.25.2016 | Good News

Hospice patients in eastern England were moved to tears by an assistant nurse’s touching rendition of an Adele song. Emma Young gave an impromptu pe...

Astoria Characters: The Servant of Syncopation

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.19.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The first thing you see in Mark A. Thomas' apartment is the Roland digital piano. It's big and black, and you have to dance around it, as Dick Van D...

Professor Longhair and the Genius of American Synthesis

Marty Lipp | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

As the rhythms roll and tumble across the piano keyboard, sometimes it seems the world comes together in the hands of Henry Roeland Byrd, better known...

WATCH: Traveling Piano Man Finds The Key To Life!

HooplaHa | Posted 07.05.2016 | Good News

A piano is all it took to open Dotan's eyes to a life of inspiration! Five years ago, Dotan Negrin quit his steady and stable 9-5 job day job to trave...

Astoria Characters: The Composer Who Came Out of a Coma

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.05.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It happened a little more than two years ago, but Allen Schulz says it seems more like a lifetime. In March 2014, he was in Pittsburgh to see a perf...

Using Technology to Enhance Arts Engagement (A.K.A. Get Out And Play a Piano!)

Julia C. Levy | Posted 06.06.2016 | Arts
Julia C. Levy

Most art is "destination art." We need to have special knowledge to even be aware of its presence; then, in order to see it, we need to seek it out. ...

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Ned Rorem

Daniel Asia | Posted 05.31.2016 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Ned Rorem is one of our most distinguished composers. In his long life of ninety-three years he has won most of the awards to be won, including a Pulitzer Prize.

The Global Search for Education: Play it Again Spirio

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.16.2016 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

Play it Again Spirio Many experts say it could be as soon as 30 years when machines will be capable of doing almost any job that a human can. Glo...

Mother's Day in Mandarin: Featuring Lang Lang & Mom

Michael Schulder | Posted 05.06.2016 | Parents
Michael Schulder

There is an expression in Yiddish: A heavy heart talks a lot. I was reminded of that when I sat down with the great pianist, Lang Lang, and his mom, for an episode of Wavemaker Conversations: A Podcast for the Insanely Curious.

Piano Key, Florida

Christina Oxenberg | Posted 04.29.2016 | Comedy
Christina Oxenberg

When I was seven, I remember being dispatched for a week to the house of an old lady, a friend of my mother's. In the house was a piano and I took to sitting on the wood bench and tapping at the black and white bars, beguiled by the sounds.

An Interview with Sonya Belousova

Sam Rivman | Posted 04.25.2016 | Entertainment
Sam Rivman

Sonya Belousova is a young and well renowned Russian-born composer and pianist. She writes anything from film scores to ballets, and has won numerous ...

What I Learned About Prince From Tuning My Piano

Patti Digh | Posted 04.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Patti Digh

I think this is why when an artist like Prince dies, we mourn so deeply. Because Prince was tuned only to himself. He didn't care about Middle C, and never tried to tune to it; tuned to himself, he was magnificent.

Piano-Playing Is Teen's Forté Despite Being Born Without Hands

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 04.21.2016 | Good News

Like Beethoven, Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles, one teen found the key to playing the piano, despite a disability. Alexei Romanov, a 15-year-old from Ru...

An Interview with Sonya Belousova

Sam Rivman | Posted 04.07.2016 | College
Sam Rivman

Sonya Belousova is a young and well renowned Russian-born composer and pianist. She writes anything from film scores to ballets, and has won numerous awards and accolades for her work.

This Musician Travels the World With a Piano, and the Result is Beautiful

Eric Douglas | Posted 04.07.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Eric Douglas

While travelling internationally as a North American is by no means a novel concept, every so often someone does it a little differently, capturing the world's collective attention in the process. Few phenomenon stimulate the human spirit quite like music, and a unique example of using musical performance as a focal point of the travelling experience is the story of Outspeaker Dotan Negrin.

How I Got There: Angela Hewitt

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 03.18.2016 | Entertainment
Lan Anh Vu

Angela Hewitt is one of the world's leading pianists. Hewitt has performed around the world in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras. Born into a ...

10 More Things I Learned About Prince

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 03.08.2016 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

In the last week Prince performed in Oakland 4 times, two in concert at the Paramount Theatre, once at the Oracle Arena, and at an after-party at The ...

The miraculous Diabellis of Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky

Dionysios Dervis-Bournias | Posted 02.23.2017 | World
Dionysios Dervis-Bournias

How many recordings make you feel that one single performer practically owns a musical work? Schubert's waltzes 'belong' to Marcelle Meyer, Brahms's I...

Astoria Characters: The Leaders of the Band

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.15.2017 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The map on the wall is punctuated with round red pins that look like Rudolph's reindeer nose. Each one of them, Ben Taylor explains, marks the spot where Beecher's Fault, the band he leads with Ken Lamken, has played.