Concert review: Joanna MacGregor (Utzon Music Series)

Star pianist pairs Shostakovich and Bach in an intimate start to Sydney Opera House music series.

In the musical shoes of Sally Whitwell's women

Iconic Australian pianist returns to Canberra with provocative concert series celebrating women composers.

Hindemith: Violin Sonatas (Becker-Bender, Nagy)

Strong performances, bested by a recent competitor

Ivan Ilić on playing with the left-hand

Serbian-American pianist talks about left-handed repertoire and the influence of Paul Wittgenstein

Paul Wittgenstein: The Man with the Golden Arm

How did war-wounded pianist Paul Wittgenstein persuade Ravel, Britten and Prokofiev to write pieces for his left hand?

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas (Angela Hewitt)

Hewitt's freshly-minted, spontaneous approach pays dividends.

Busoni: Late piano music (Hamelin)

Marc-Andre Hamelin's Canadian cool meets Busoni's Mediterranean heat

Sarasate: Violin works (Fischer, Chernyavska)

With Fischer on the fiddle it's one showstopper after another

Dido's Lament (Black, Chindamo)

Fabulous violin and piano disc, just don't ask what genre it is

Third variation to a charitable theme

The Theme and Variations Foundation celebrated their third annual fundraiser with international pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk.

Lullabies Old and New

Anna McMichael fills us in on her new CD of lullabies, Close your Eyes and I’ll Close Mine.

Ludovico Einaudi: One man and his music

Following his iTunes Festival appearance, we catch up with supposedly the most popular classical musician on the planet.

Hindemith: Piano Sonatas (Becker)

Hindemith's piano music drives along - but mostly in neutral

Debussy, Chopin, Bach: Preludes Book II, Three Mazurkas, Partita No 6 (Woodward)

Woodward proves a fine musician in Bremen

Fauré: Piano Music (Hewitt)

Angela Hewitt coaxes Mons Fauré out of the salon.

Rosenthal: Solo piano works (Lemelin)

Rich in harmonies but Rosenthal lacks architectural rigour.

Berkeley: Complete Music for violin and piano (Paling, Tenniswood-Harvey)

An Aussie and a Brit tackle a French-influenced Englishman.

Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas (Levit)

Bright young pianist opts for an early take on late Beethoven.

Andreae: Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto (Altenburger, Pavri)

More than just cuckoo clocks from a forgotten Swiss maestro.

Da Vinci's forgotten instrument comes to life

Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki builds a hybrid musical instrument conceived by the Renaissance inventor.

Live review: Murray Perahia in Recital (Sydney Opera House)

Perahia makes his long-awaited Australian debut with grace, style and aplomb.

Clap yo' hands: it's Simon Tedeschi's Gershwin Take Two

Lightning looks set to strike twice as the Australian pianist follows up his hit of last year.

Murray Perahia: the marriage of expressivity and coherence

Ahead of his long awaited Australian debut, the American legend talks Bach, Beethoven and being a friend of Horrowitz,

Three Sydney Con pianists are winners in inaugural awards

First Theme and Variations Awards all go to young players from Sydney.

Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms: Westminster Legacy

Old school playing reveals a Golden Age of chamber music.

Gerard Willems: On the value of healthy competition

Why do musicians put themselves through the grueling process of competitions and is it ever worth it?

Haydn: Piano Sonatas (Bavouzet)

It’s five times lucky in Bavouzet’s impressive ongoing Haydn cycle.

Ludovico Einaudi at the iTunes Festival

The iconic Italian pianist was a hit at this year's iTunes Festival at the Roundhouse in Camden, London.

Sally Whitwell's singular quest for imperfection

From Glass to Nyman, the über-Gothic Princess of the Piano corsets-up to talk about her latest album.

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 2, Romance, Song Without Words, Humoresque (SSO)

The Second as Tchaikovsky intended it to be heard.

Stanislav Khristenko wins Cleveland International Piano Competition

Cleveland’s prestigious competition crowns a new champion.

Monk, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Tao: Solo piano works (Tao)

This pianist-composer prodigy makes you sit up and take notice.

Live review: Michael Kieran Harvey (Carriageworks, Sydney)

A forgotten Aussie masterpiece, devils pelting the gluttonous and a Psychosonata – not your average piano recital.

Mendelssohn: Works for solo piano (Shelley)

New series promises more than just Songs Without Words.

Bowen: Complete Works for Violin & Piano (Hanslip, Driver)

Major and minor discoveries – all part of the Bowen renaissance.

Ravel: Piano Works (Vinnitskaya)

Finely wrought performances from a thoughtful young artist.

Van Cliburn winner announced

First place in the 14th International Piano Competition goes to 26-year-old Ukrainian Vadym Kholodenko

Mussorgsky: Pictures from an Exhibition (Ott)

Pretty as a picture, but the personality isn’t always there.

Aussie ten-year-old wins Kazakhstan piano competition

The prodigiously talented Shuan Hern Lee adds another international win to his growing collection.

Brahms: Piano Sonata No 3, Handel Variations (Plowright)

This big-boned Brahms is never flash for flash’s sake.

Bach's Goldbergs are Dinnerstein's epic poem

Acclaimed American pianist who famously self-financed her way to recorded success brings Bach's Goldberg Variations to Sydney.

Where's the divide between "light" and "serious" music?

Mark Bebbington discusses his new recording of piano music by Reginald King, a forgotten master of light music.

Liszt · Saint-Saëns · Ravel (Yevgeny Sudbin)

Sudbin excels at almost everything.

Piano pedagogue Dorothy Taubman has died

America’s foremost piano teacher and lecturer passes away at the age of 94.

Schubert: Piano Sonata D845, Wandererfantasie, Impromptus D935, Moments Musicaux

Another enthralling program from today’s leading Schubertian.

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 17 in G, 26 in D (Brautigam)

Double Dutch: two Mozart concertos on Ronald Brautigam’s fortepiano.

Zelenski · Zarebski: Piano Quintet, Piano Quartet

Polish Romantics get out and about at last.

Lang Lang: The Chopin Album

Lang Lang faces stiff competition from age and beauty.

Dvořák: Piano Quintet, String Quartet in F (American)

Daredevil Dvořák from a 20-year-old wunderkind and more subdued strings.

Gershwin & Me

Strike up the band: these performances have jazzy flair.
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