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In At the Piano: Interviews with 21st-Century Pianists, Caroline Benser explores the kaleidoscopic international of twenty-first-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 tool, popular for his or her renditions of vintage works by means of Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, and Bartók, also they are devoted to advancing pianism, commissioning and appearing works through residing composers in addition to revisiting and re-exploring musical chances ignored by way of their predecessors. Interviewees speak with Benser approximately such issues as their first stories on the piano, the severe position performed via their earliest lecturers, the literature they play, the tools they like, the which means of musicianship to them, and the fun and problems of a pro profession doing what they love.

Teachers, scholars, and novice pianists alike will find out about new and lesser-known piano literature; newly built tools that experience prolonged the variety of the keyboard; the exceptional upward thrust of pianists in such international locations as China; and new examine on pianists' accidents and fit enjoying. At the Piano is written not just for the expert and non-specialist pianist but additionally for all musicians and normal track lovers.

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1944) got here to foreign cognizance in 1970 while he shared the 1st prize within the Tchaikovsky pageant. This was once at a time of a dearth of British pianists. He grew to become recognized for taking part in, and his recording of, the total cycle of Beethoven’s sonatas. 7. Paul Crossley (b. 1944) used to be born in Yorkshire, England. As a pianist, he's identified for enjoying the song of Messiaen, Nicolas Maw, George Benjamin, and so much significantly Tippett, who wrote his 3rd and Fourth Sonatas in shut organization with Crossley. In 2007 CDR files published his two-disc recording of the sonatas. eight. Nicolai Petrov (1943–2011) on Olympia Recordings. a local Russian, at age 19 he took moment prize on the Van Cliburn festival in 1962. His aim was once to introduce the tune of ignored composers to audiences. nine. Julian Anderson (b. 1967) was once born in London. His lecturers comprise Goehr, Murail, Messiaen, and Ligeti. As a composer, he has held residencies with a couple of significant orchestras and used to be the younger Composer Fellow with the Cleveland Orchestra from 2005 to 2007, a similar time he was once professor of composition at Harvard. His tune embraces conventional cultures faraway from that of Western track, with a tendency towards the folks song of japanese Europe. he's most generally recognized for his symphonic compositions. 11_357_Benser. indb 123 9/15/11 4:01 PM Yevgeny Sudbin. picture through Greg Helgeson, courtesy of the Minnesota Orchestra 11_357_Benser. indb 124 9/15/11 4:01 PM CHAPTER SEVEN Yevgeny Sudbin Yevgeny Sudbin was once born in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the nineteenth of April in 1980 to musical mom and dad. At 30, his existence falls simply into 3 unique sessions. His mom and dad left Russia and sought asylum in Berlin for themselves and their childrens in 1990, dwelling within the basement of an previous sanatorium for a time. Sudbin has remarked that at one aspect in this interval he didn't understand no matter if he could ever play the piano back. yet success intervened whilst he obtained a piano as a present, chanced on a appropriate instructor, and a Berlin mentor helped pave his approach to London. There he graduated together with his master’s measure in 2005 from the Royal Academy of tune. He has been the recipient of diverse first prizes at overseas competitions and has obtained aid from the Pulvermacher starting place, the Wall belief, and the Alexis Gregory origin as a Vendôme Prize winner. Sitting as regards to the keyboard, his demeanour is undemonstrative and selfpossessed, with little extraneous express in the course of functionality. speaking with the viewers via song is paramount. He made his London Wigmore corridor debut in February of 2005 and has because lower back a number of occasions. His U. S. recital debut used to be on the Frick assortment in manhattan in December of 2006 as a part of a journey of the U.S. and Canada. Sudbin got here to the eye of the broader song global after he recorded 18 sonatas of Scarlatti for the Bis label in Sweden’s Västeras live performance corridor in October 2004. Sudbin spent a month, ahead of recording, enjoying via all of Scarlatti’s 500-plus sonatas determining which of them to list.

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