Nigel Hess, who has composed music for more than 100 television programmes and films, has met with Prince Charles to discuss the piano concerto, which will be premiered next month at a concert dedicated to his grandmotherLink
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
A recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall by French pianist Hélène Grimaud ended abruptly Sunday evening when an ailing Grimaud walked offstage after only the third piece on her program.Link
"TAKE a classical pianist - Simon Walkenhorst. Put him on honeymoon with his opera singer wife, Beth Williams, through Britain's finest beer country, and you've got a recipe for career change."
Piano. Great ale. What else is there?
Ingrid Fliter, the fast-rising 33-year-old Argentine pianist, has signed an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics. Her first disc for the label, an all-Chopin recital, is scheduled for release in the spring of 2008
The grand piano BILLY JOEL used on his early eighties Nylon Curtain tour has failed to fetch the $10,000 (GBP5,000) asking price on auction site eBay.Link
Perhaps things will go better for Fats Domino's piano auction. Details.
A Polish janitor at Glasgow University is set to launch a career as a concert pianist - after he was caught tickling the ivories on the university's chapel piano when he thought no-one was listening.
Aleksander Kudajczyk, 28, who cleans the law department every day at 6am, became the talk of the campus after he played Chopin on the chapel's grand.
Did I call it or what? "A university janitor's secret life as a virtuoso pianist was discovered in a Good Will Hunting-style moment" link
Friday, June 15, 2007
English jazz pianist George Shearing is now a Sir after accepting a knighthood from British monarch Queen Elizabeth II. The veteran musician, who has been blind all his life, brought his wife Lady Eleanor to the ceremony at the Queen's London residence Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.Link
A court has ordered heirs of German composer Richard Strauss to share royalties with the heirs of librettist and poet Hugo von Hoffmansthal for nine collaborations, including the popular operas Der Rosenkavalier and Elektra.Seems fair to me. Link.
...delivering a wide-ranging speech on the uses and abuses of confidence, Kuerti talked of the ability to command the piano, the fearlessness of Mohawk steelworkers and the dangers of over- confidence in foreign affairs -- including the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
You can read all about it here.
General musing: Competitions. Not just for fun. It's a full-time job (sans pay) for some.
MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee playing the song "Brandon" on the piano in the lobby of his hotel in Brussels, Belgium following the band's performance at Ancienne Belgique on June 8, 2007 has been posted at YouTube.
Monday, June 04, 2007
1st Prize: Dr. Drew Mays, Alabama, Ophthalmologist
2nd Prize: Mr. Mark Fuller, Arizona, Lawyer
3rd Prize: Mr. Clark Griffith, Texas, Composer/Retired Internet Technology Administrator
Audience Award: Dr. Drew Mays, Alabama, Ophthalmologist
Press Jury Award: Mr. Mark Fuller, Arizona, Lawyer
You can watch performances on the uber-hip YouTube here.
Good stuff all around!