Award-winning pianist Seong-Jin Cho knows how to attract a crowd, which is what he has been doing ever since he stepped into the spotlight when he captured first prize at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
Rachmaninoff’s deeply Romantic symphony envelops the listener while the spirit of Beethoven hovers nearby as pianist Yefim Bronfman performs with the New York Philharmonic, led by Maestro Jaap van Zweden.
During the middle of a bleak January, David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center was filled with sweeping melodies, lush orchestrations, inspired lyrical passages, and dramatic emotions.
Pianist Karim Said moved to the UK from his native Jordan at age 11 without his family to study music. It is through this independence and the structure of Purcell School that have influenced his music-making.
German pianist Frank Dupree can be described with one word: versatility. He doesn’t think in stereotypes and has experimented with a variety of musical genres and instruments.
“Why isn’t it possible that one person plays a Beethoven Piano Sonata and improvises over a song by Duke Ellington in the same concert? I say it is! It’s all about making music,” said Frank, winner of the 2018 Opus Klassik Award for Piano Concerto Recording of the Year (20th/21st century).
French-Canadian pianist Andree-Ann Deschenes specializes in familiarly danceable yet traditionally influenced classical music from Latin American countries. So it makes sense that she would be drawn to Jayme Ovalle, a lesser-known Brazilian composer.
French Canadian pianist Alexandra Stréliski is inspired by emotions, people, and the experiences she lived. “I cannot make a distinction between that and the way I write,” she said. This is why her work touched many emotions to those her listen to her work, recently via Jean-Marc Vallée’s films Dallas Buyers Club (2013) and Demolition (2016), as well as the trailer of the acclaimed HBO series Big Little Lies (2017).
Ukranian pianist Antonii Baryshevski hopes that the one thing his music is remember for is touching souls. His lifelong dream has always been to travel all over the world performing at the highest level, and this pianist is doing just that, with the culmination of his six-year journey with Messaien’s momentous two-hour cycle called Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus.
Pianist François-Xavier Poizat feels that the supporting presence of an audience, the rituals around a concert, and the stage fright are all necessary for the magical moment of a performance to happen. “We can of course play music anywhere else, but it will never have the intensity as if it is on the stage during a real concert,” he said.
Canadian pianist and Portland Piano International guest curator Marc-André Hamelin played with a robust love for the piano in front of a crowd at Carnegie Hall, mastering grand arrangements with ease. This time he performed French popular songs and some of the most technically challenging classics in the repertoire.
What started off as a small YouTube series has flourished into a nonprofit media empire that inspires classical musicians around the globe to achieve more, create, and find healing in their art. Living the Classical Life is directed by award-winning cinematographer Peter Hobbs with host Zsolt Bognár. While over 50 episodes exist, we wanted to highlight our top 10 pianist episodes featuring Daniil Trifonov, Yuja Wang, Emanuel Ax, Stephen Hough, Gary Graffman, and five other star pianists.
There is no stopping composer Kevin Puts, who gained a Pulitzer Prize for his very first opera, Silent Night. This busy musician has the re-staging of that famed opera, as well as many other projects up his sleeves.
Bach expert and pianist Eleonor Bindman fastidiously transcribed and released a recording of Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concertos for piano four-hands on the Naxos/Grand Piano label that will stand the test of time.
After a life-changing event at age 13, pianist Rachel Cheung said she cherishes every note she plays on stage. At only 26 years old, she has accomplished much in her musical career, and finds her happiness on the piano bench. This December she performs on the prestigious Portland Piano International series.