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9-Year-Old Piano Prodigy Performs On 'America's Got Talent,' Absolutely Blows Us Away

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 06.06.2014 | Good News

Get ready to feel pretty unaccomplished. Adrian Romoff, a 9-year-old from Atlanta who is currently in eighth grade, (that's right he's skipped five...

Famous Pianist Gets A New Job At The UN

AP | Posted 10.29.2013 | Arts

UNITED NATIONS -- UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China's superstar pianist Lang Lang has been selected to be a United Nations Messenger of Peace — a role h...

Astoria Characters: The Teacher Who Makes Music Come Alive

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 11.24.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

She was little more than 5 when she first felt the ebonies and ivories. This was an easy thing to do because her family possessed a piano. It was crammed into the one-room apartment in Moscow where she, her parents and her two siblings arranged their cots around their other significant piece of furniture, a round table.

Richard Goode's Luminous Beethoven Sonatas

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 07.08.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

The first week of May turned out to be something of a Beethoven week at Carnegie Hall, as three pianists, Richard Goode, Evgeny Kissin and Maurizio Pollini performed several of his piano sonatas.

Quietly Impressive Mitsuko Uchida at Carnegie Hall

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 06.25.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Last week, a much-awaited musician came to Carnegie Hall to play -- Japanese-born British pianist Mitsuko Uchida. While she is no blazing personality, her fans are numerous and she has a very devout following.

András Schiff Plays Bach at Lincoln Center

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 06.17.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Fifty-nine-year-old Schiff, who always starts his mornings with an hour of Bach (even before breakfast) admitted that the composer probably had no idea anyone would ever play all six of these suites in one concert.

Jazz Pianist Eldar Djangirov

Posted 04.10.2013 | Arts

Anyone can tell you who's already made it, but HuffPost Arts & Culture's On Our Radar series is here to tell you who's about to blow up -- and, in som...

Van Cliburn and My Two Enchanted Evenings

Mary Daily | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Mary Daily

News last week of the death of pianist Van Cliburn brought back fond memories for me, of someone who made an indelible impression on me at a young age.

Daniil Trifonov's Carnegie Hall Debut Recital

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

On February 5, twenty-one year old Daniil Trifonov had two monumental milestones in one day -- his Carnegie hall recital debut, and major classical label Deutsche Grammophon recording it live to release as an album later this year.

A Fine Evening of Beethoven at Lincoln Center

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 04.07.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

The New York Philharmonic is a strange creature. Often it is good but a bit bland. Sometimes it's downright boring. And sometimes it makes you sit up in your seat and think what a historical and good orchestra this is.

Classical Musicians Spat on Facebook

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 02.20.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

If all artists got up on their hind legs and started saying they won't perform unless everything is perfect, there would be very few concerts indeed. What do you think? Valiant protest against bad music, or vain posturing?

André Watts and the New York Philharmonic's 100th Anniversary

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 02.13.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

American pianist André Watts returned to Lincoln Center last week to play four concerts with the New York Philharmonic, performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2 with Slovakian conductor Juraj Valcuha.

You Can't Paint Romantic Music With an Impressionist's Palette

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performed at Carnegie Hall last Thursday evening, presenting a program spanning impressionistic, romantic and modern periods.

Murray Perahia Performs at Avery Fisher Hall

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 01.13.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Perahia's remarkable lack of excess is actually a luxury to hear -- so many pianists run to excess of one kind or another; it was a delight to hear music that wasn't pushed to its limits, trying hard to wow the crowd.

The Cost of Substituting Taste for Thrills in Classical Music

Jura Margulis | Posted 01.08.2013 | Arts
Jura Margulis

Most interpretations of classical music, emerging since the second half of the 20th century, are conceptualized regardless of the era of its origin in a 19th century "romantic style."

What Does Lang Lang Want To Do With Mr. Bean?

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Massara | Posted 09.26.2012 | Arts

Lang Lang is a classical pianist who has been making waves since his remarkable international debut at age 13, when he secured first place at the Inte...

Famous Pianist Charged With Insulting Islam

AP | SELCAN HACAOGLU | Posted 08.01.2012 | Home

ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish court on Friday formally charged an internationally known pianist and composer with insulting Islamic religious value...

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Foxy Shazam "Likes It"; Hey Rim Jeon Plays It

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.04.2012 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

What ever happened to good old fashioned rock and roll? That's the question Cincinnati rockers Foxy Shazam answer with their fourth album The Church of Rock and Roll.

National Medal Awards at the White House

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 05.01.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Every visit to the White House is special, but there is something very exciting about witnessing this event. Perhaps it is because I am a painter and I understand the years of work that went into what they have achieved and I can rejoice with them in their successes.

Yanni Talks Truth, Touring, and the Charlie Sheen Torpedo in NYC (VIDEO)

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.15.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Yanni never imagined he'd ever be a part of a Charlie Sheen sandwich, but that's exactly where he found himself last Saturday night.

VIDEO: Photo Of Chopin On His Deathbed Discovered?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Photographer and collector, Wladyslaw Zuchowski, claims he is in possession of a daguerreotype image of Frédéric François Chopin in his death bed i...

Astoria Characters: The Sunshine Goddess

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Life doesn't always take a straight and narrow path; it often chooses a circular route, so let's start in the middle of the story and see where we end up.

WATCH: Armless Pianist Plays With His Toes, Wows Audience

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SHANGHAI — Pianist Liu Wei sits quietly to compose himself before plunging into the music. Then he takes off a sock. The 23-year-old, whose arm...

STREAMING LIVE NOW: Violinist Joshua Bell And Pianist Yuja Wang Live On MediciTV

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

To hear the tones bouncing from violinist Joshua Bell's strings is an experience in and of itself. To see the sweat form on his brow (and his vivacio...

Young D'Artagnan on Schubert, Chemistry & Grace

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

David Fray's newest CD is a provocative all Schubert affair which has caused ripples in the musical press for the breadth and flexibility of its vision. I called him in Paris to find out what the fuss is all about.