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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.

Self-Taught Teen Pianist Gives Stunning Public Performance

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 01.26.2016 | Good News

This teen's impromptu piano performance has led to a crescendo of praise across the Internet. Monntel West, an 18-year-old from Lansing, Michi...

This Talented Teen’s Impromptu Piano Performance Will Blow You Away

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices

Eighteen-year-old Monntel West was waiting for his friend at the mall when he casually decided to blow everyone's minds. The high school senior was ju...

Hélène Grimaud's "Water" Expands Language of Classical Piano Recital

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.15.2017 | Entertainment
Alan Elsner

In recent years, there have been valiant attempts to revive the tired format of the classical piano recital. You know, the one where the audience sits in reverent hush while soloists, clad in evening dress, display how fast their fingers can move up and down the keyboard and how loud they can play.

Two Perfect Strangers & One Piano Makes For Some Absolute Magic

The Huffington Post | Chloe Fox | Posted 12.24.2015 | Travel

Music just makes everything better -- even traveling through a busy and crowded train station. Which is precisely why French train company SNCF decid...

Older Man Dazzles With impromptu Performance Of 'Jingle Bell Rock'

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.01.2015 | Fifty

Random uncle started playing the piano on display and the rest was HISTORYPosted by MGAG on Sunday, November 29, 2015 We think even Scrooge woul...

Astoria Characters: The Community-Minded Pastor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 11.30.2016 | 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 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) takes no note of it. She's had a lot of practice screening out its astringent strains.

Jesse Fischer's Day Dreamer, a Manifestation of Identity

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 11.23.2016 | 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 11.23.2016 | 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 11.11.2016 | 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 11.05.2016 | 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 10.15.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 Lebanese fath...

Piano Prodigy! My Kid Is Terrible at Everything!

Kate Levkoff | Posted 10.09.2016 | 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 09.10.2016 | 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 showed his appreciation for ...

What Is a Master Teacher?

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 08.12.2016 | 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 08.12.2016 | 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 07.20.2016 | 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 07.13.2016 | 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. L...

Shaun Martin Takes the Reins With Debut Album Seven Summers

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 07.06.2016 | 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 06.18.2016 | 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.