Month: May 2015

Lecture Recital by Dr Heidi Lousie Williams, at TNUA 05.18.2015

“Artistic Expression in Contemporary American Piano Music: Insights for the 21st Century Performer” A highly interesting lecture recital was given by Dr Heidi Louise Williams at the music department of TNUA (Taipei National University of the Arts) on Monday 18 May 2015. Entitled: “Artistic Expression in Contemporary American Piano Music: Insights for the 21st Century […]

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Beijing Conservatoire influenced by Russians, 1950s

Very interesting dissertation from Dr Chi Lin about influence of Russian pianism on the Chinese teachers in Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM). “Specifically, they stressed tone production. The transfer of arm weight to the fingers and the involvement off the wrists were the most important techniques advocated by the Russian teaching system…To produce a […]

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Hat’s Off to French Pianist Laurent Wagschal!

Many years ago I received a request from the son of the composer Maurice Emmanuel to perform his Piano Sonatines. I duly learnt a couple and performed them, and very pleasant they are (somewhat in the style of early Debussy, and slightly forgettable). Emmanuel (1862 – 1938) studied at the Paris Conservatoire at the same […]

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30 Ways to Make the Piano Sing

I am delighted to announce that I have now finished my new book for talented teenage pianists called 30 Ways to Make the PIano Sing. It is on its way to the graphic designer, and will be published later this year in 2015  in both Mandarin and English, in print and as an ebook. 64 […]

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