Piano School Of New York City

When pianist Vera Anselmo, who trained at Juilliard and Mannes School of Music, started giving piano and music lessons at local schools in Manhattan’s Upper Westside and Harlem in 2001, she did not realize the potential impact her ‘Piano School of New York City’ would make over the years, but her passion to bring the gift of music to all had always been her driving force. In her twenties, Anselmo entertained a growing piano...
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Pianist Ching-Yun Hu – unbiased brilliance

“The decision to make an album of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s works was made from a pure love of his music. I want to evoke from listeners the most beautiful experiences through this music that encompasses all of human emotions, of love, hope, nostalgia, loss despair…This music reminds me of my childhood struggles, and beautiful moments spent with my family. It transports me to another world.” – Ching-Yun Hu With these words from the liner notes...
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Passage from Russia to America – Pianist, composer and transcriber Vyacheslav Gryaznov delights in musical storytelling

A version of this article was published on BlogCritics (Nov.31,2017) Currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma program at Yale University, Slava, as he is called by his friends, speaks freely about the experiences that brought him to America from his native Russia. Dissatisfied with the trend in Russian politics toward entangling career with ideology, Slava was keen to follow his fascination with the “land of the free,” and search for new opportunities. Many of...
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Pianist Steven Lin – focus on essential music making

What does it take these days for a young pianist to survive in a talent market saturated with more and more prolific contenders? Given the unusually high-ranking technical, as well as musical eloquence young artists are achieving through training at top educational breeding hothouses, a good portion of talent and practice alone – as important as may be, will hardly suffice. And yet, while it seems harder than ever to distinguish the rays of true talent shining through a thick crust...
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Pianist/Composer Michael Brown – Music’s Wingman

(photo credit: Jeanette Beckman) When American pianist Michael Brown listened to the radio as a teenager, he fell in love with a specific contemporary classical piece: the First Piano Concerto by composer George Perle. There was something about this composer’s work that attracted his curiosity and fascination; it made him sit down at his piano and learn another one of Perle’s pieces for piano: Six Celebratory Inventions. He felt a strong connection and knew...
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New York International Piano Competition goes SubCulture

Photo: SubCulture  Ryan Jensen On January 9th, SubCulture kicked off the New Year with two New York premieres, performed by former prize winners of the New York International Piano Competition’s recital series, pianists Matthew Graybil and Igor Lovchinsky.  Both pianists delivered a well conceived concert, titled:”Reflections of Walter Piston,” celebrating the work of Harvard’s eminent composer and educator. The competition founders, Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, who performed as one of their own generation’s...
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YCA Junge Konzertkünstler – Die Einführung und die Förderung neuen Talentes für die Zukunft des Musikmachens

Wirkliche Begeisterung und Weitblick sind erforderlich, um etwa angestrebten Wandel zu erzielen, von dem Politiker immerzu sprechen. Im wirklichem Leben sind es nur die energetischsten Macher, wie Susan Wadsworth von YCA, die, in diesem Falle im Bereich klassischer Musik in der Lage sind, neue Strategien und Veränderungen umzusetzen, die anhaltende Bedeutung für die Zukunft haben. Es begann alles im Paterre-Loft eines Restaurants am Waverly Place im New Yorker ‘Greenwich Village’. Dem Eigentümer, einem jungen...
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Pianist Roman Rabinovich’s creative homage to artistic expression

(Self-Portrait of the artist) On Saturday, December 15th, 2012 at 7 pm, The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Foundation will present their Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall recital, in honor of the greatest Golden Age pianists – Arthur Rubinstein. Pianist Roman Rabinovich is one of the two pianists chosen to perform at the event, the other being Anna Fedorova.  Each musician possesses special qualities within their craft, and together they will certainly present a memorial...
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Pianist Klara Min- Intimate Mazurkas And More

Klara Min does not seem to get nervous easily. I learned this while sitting in on an interview / conversation with recording producer Leszek Wojcik for the release of her Chopin Mazurkasdisk, which Delos will put out next spring. Wojcik had been guiding Min since 2011, when she made her very first recording of Korean composers for the Naxos label. Both disks were recorded at the same studio at the American Academy of Arts...
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2012 PARMA Student Composer Competition – in case you have bnot lost your competitive edge yet, here is yet another one!!

Summary Ten winners will be selected by an award-winning panel of three independent judges, and the winners’ pieces will be published in the digitally-distributed 2012 PARMA Anthology Of Music: Student Edition. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected to have their piece professionally recorded and produced for release by PARMA. All recording, performer, production, and publicity costs will be completely subsidized, and the master will be released on a collection from PARMA to be distributed...
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