Student success: International Piano Competition winner!

Student success: International Piano Competition winner!

Many many congratulations to my student Bunny Liu for winning first prize at 2015 Los Angeles Gold Star Young Pianist Competition in Los Angeles a few days ago!

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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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At the Royal College of Music, London

Introducing my young student Yi to some of the astonishing instruments at the RCM last summer.  The serpent above her head is an ancestor of the tuba.

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Wonderful young Greek composer Constantine Caravassilis

Just discovered some amazing, evocative Greek piano music by a young composer currently studying in Toronto, Canada, who grew up  on the Greek island of Samos. Performed by his former piano teacher, the pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, who also provides paintings inspired by the same music. Click here to listen to the music Click here […]

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Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen.

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Student congratulations!

Sincere congratulations to my pupil Abhinav Tivari on gaining Distinction in his LTCL Diploma recital! Abhinav played Beethoven Pathetique Sonata, Chopin Fantaisie Impromptu, Faure Barcarolle in A minor, Rachmaninov Polichinelle and Scarlatti sonata in B minor. Forwards and upwards! Next stop Rachmaninoff 2nd concerto in 2015 with orchestra.

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Chopin Manuscripts online

 I must share with you an amazing website I have just come across: www.ocve.org.uk which contains Chopin’s mnuscripts and shows variants among first editions. What a tremendous resource, kudos to the authors, editors, designers and investors! I read about this at the British Library last month in “Interpreter Chopin, actes du colloque, 25 Mai 2005”, […]

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