Sean Hickey Talks About Naxos – Music Business With A view

Click here to read my article on Sean Hickey about Naxos on BlogCritics When I started writing my blog on New York’s music and cultural scene in the summer of 2009, Naxos acted as an “early adopter” of my work, publishing my texts in my native German on its German blog site. Once I became their regular New York correspondent, I wanted to learn more about Naxos’s inner dynamics. What I found was a fascinating business...
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Concert Review David Aladashvili: A Georgian Evening at Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall

David’s Carnegie Weill Recital Concert Review David Aladashvili: A Georgian Evening On February 8, 2010, I had the pleasure to be invited by the very personable 19-year-old Georgian pianist David Aladashvili to his debut performance at Carnegie Hall’s renowned Weill Recital Hall. Hailed by the Georgian Association in the United States as a “rising star of Georgian culture,” his debut was an opportunity to showcase his fresh talent and to strengthen the ties within...
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The Artist As Citizen: Pianist Evgeny Kissin Speaks Out Against Anti-Semitism

“I just felt that it was no longer possible to remain silent and not protest,” world-renowned pianist Evgeny Kissin said about his open letter to BBC Director General Mark Thompson, criticizing the media giant’s alleged habit of on-air favoritism. “I don’t know what my letter has accomplished, if anything, but my motivation to write it came from the dramatic increase of anti-Israel bias and slander in some of the prominent British media in general...
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Pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski:Shimmering Personality and Gleaming Artistry

Go to Konstantin Soukhovetski’s Facebook profile and you‘ll learn that this concert pianist has a Bachelor of Music and a Masters degree, as well as an Artist Diploma from the distinguished Juilliard School in New York City. But when you meet Konstantin in person, you’ll soon find out that his talents and activities are far from being limited to the piano. It almost looks like the charming and distinctly unconventional 29-year-old is seeking to...
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Crafting The Well-Tempered Pianist: Teaching The Taubman Approach

The second article in this series about the Taubman Approach familiarized the reader with some of the many testimonials regarding the validity of Taubman’s work, its significant impact on pianists of all levels, and its ramifications for injured instrumentalists. We have heard from musicians who had questions answered they did not even know they had — yet were essential to their well-being at the instrument. I really appreciate the opportunity to reach out to a...
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Connecting with pianist Gabriela Montero

I recall one of my visits to Manhattan’s Upper West Side’s Tower Records store — now a thing of the past — listening to a version of the well-known “Chopin Fantaisie-Impromptu” blasting over the shop’s speaker system, while customers were browsing through the somewhat disorganized piles of CDs. It was 2005, and Gabriela Montero had just released her first CD on EMI — a mix of a great easy-listening classical repertoire, Chopin and Liszt,...
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Crafting the Well-Tempered-Pianist: The Taubman Approach / Testimonials

After introducing the first article in my series about the Taubman approach, I received very varied responses. They were not only sent to this site, but also to a friend’s Facebook pages, and to some general websites that attract musicians, where I had posted the link to my series as well. The reactions ran the whole gamut, ranging from interested to enthusiastic to doubtful and even hostile. At first glance, it may appear hard...
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Concert Meister Series

Not macht erfinderisch, wie man sagt.  Um Kosten für teure Anreisen und den Hotelaufenthalt internationaler Künstler von hohem Rang zu sparen, hatte die New Yorkerin Simona DeFeo die brilliante Idee, einzelnen Musikern, die ohnehin für Engagements mit ihren Orchestern in den USA eingetroffen waren, Soloauftritte vor Ort zu verschaffen. Diese konnten dementsprechend preisgünstig angeboten werden. Zusammen mit dem israelischen Pianisten Elisha Abas, der sich durch seine weltweiten Auftritte mit verschiedenen Orchestern ein dichtes Netzwerk...
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Crafting the Well-Tempered-Pianist :Introducing the Taubman Approach

While conducting research into my continuous passion — piano playing in general and how to improve my technique in particular — I was surprised to find a recently published book that claims to address piano pedagogy, yet fails to acknowledge some of the most widely discussed developments this field has to offer. Internet and library searches on the subject have resulted in lots of different leads, often offering random discussions, very personal and vague...
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Transcriptions and Collaborations, why not mix it up a bit?

Some days ago I posted a link on my Facebook page about the upcoming collaboration between a classical pianist and a jazz pianist which I had come across browsing the Internet. The link shows pianists — each an icon in their own right, but coming from entirely different corners of the piano world — playing together in an eminent European concert, the production of which had received a spectacular amount of publicity. There had...
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