By Caroline Benser

In At the Piano: Interviews with 21st-Century Pianists, Caroline Benser explores the kaleidoscopic international of 21st-century pianism via a chain of prolonged interviews with 8 significant pianists: Leif Ove Andsnes, Jonathan Biss, Simone Dinnerstein, Marc-André Hamelin, Stephen Hough, Steven Osborne, Yevgeny Sudbin, and Yuja Wang.

The pianists represented listed here are not just a virtuosos on their software, well known for his or her renditions of vintage works via Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, and Bartók, also they are devoted to advancing pianism, commissioning and acting works by means of dwelling composers in addition to revisiting and re-exploring musical chances ignored by means of their predecessors. Interviewees speak with Benser approximately such concerns as their first stories on the piano, the severe position performed by way of their earliest academics, the literature they play, the tools they like, the which means of musicianship to them, and the thrill and problems of a pro profession doing what they love.

Teachers, scholars, and novice pianists alike will know about new and lesser-known piano literature; newly built tools that experience prolonged the diversity of the keyboard; the outstanding upward push of pianists in such nations as China; and new study on pianists' accidents and fit enjoying. At the Piano is written not just for the professional and non-specialist pianist but in addition for all musicians and basic song enthusiasts.

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It’s amazing how the notes on the page of a Beethoven sonata have never changed, and they’re not going to change, but when pianists take those pieces up, those pieces do somehow evolve. Which is kind of a miraculous thought. I want to go back to your earliest studies at the piano. You began at age six and were influenced early on by the playing of your older brother, Daniel. That was probably the reason I started playing the piano. I think I was four when he started playing the piano at age six.

10. The old instrument was later dried out and installed in the lobby of a radio station in Bergen. 11. Thomas Larcher (b. 1963). 12. com. 13. Jiři Hlinka (b. 1944) in Prague. He began his professorship at the Music Conservatory in Bergen in 1972. He continues to teach. In honor of his many contributions to teaching, the Czech Republic honored him in 2007 with its distinguished Jan Masaryk Award. 14. Smetana’s Piano Sonata in E Minor, for two pianos, eight hands. This performance is part of the Verbier Festival DVD.

Going back to your studies, you next went to Evelyne Brancart7 during your teen years. How old were you when you went to her? I think I was 11. I was with her until I went to Curtis when I was 17. So it was six years that I spent with her. Do you remember what you first studied with her? I remember the pieces that I played at the end of my first year at her little recital. I played the Haydn E Minor Sonata, the Chopin Bolero, which is a piece I don’t think I’ve even heard since! Chopin’s Bolero?

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