Pianist Till Fellner  – In allegiance with the composer’s intent   

A disciple of Alfred Brendel since 1990 and known to share his mentor’s fondness for the inveterate Austro-Germanic repertoire, Fellner also shares the veteran’s suggestion that piano playing is a ‘long-term objective’ – a continuous dialectic immersion into detail to illuminate an essential perspective and build on its inner principles. After winning first prize at the 1993 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition, Fellner followed suit with his own extensive dedication to two of the...
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Noretta and John Leech: Standing fortissimo behind classical music and the artists of the Keyboard Charitable Trust

Photo: John Leech, Ilona Oltuski, Noretta Conci-Leech It all started in 1991, when John Leech wanted to surprise his beloved wife Noretta with a momentous 60th birthday present. The gift he chose was one that would make a real difference in the life of numerous gifted, young pianists.  The gift he chose was that together they would help ease the struggle many young pianists go through to receive the international recognition they deserve and...
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Setting Pianistic Standards: The Arthur Rubinstein Society And International Piano Competition

  You don’t have to be a pianist, but you do have to be a musician that we know and respect, to be invited as a juror of the competition,” comments Idith Zvi, as she invites me into her small office, which has a grand piano and is filled with portraits of Arthur Rubinstein. As the society’s artistic director, she (with only the help of a small staff) manages all efforts that make the...
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