To kick off 2011, WQXR explores the brightest young stars in the piano world. Check out our special Powerhouse Pianists features throughout January.

Accompanists: Unsung Heroes of the Concert Stage

Friday, January 21, 2011

Behind every successful man there is a woman, or so the old saying goes. In the music world, behind every brilliant soloist there is his or her accompanist. Jascha Heifetz had his Brooks Smith, Anne-Sophie Mutter has her Lambert Orkis, Midori had her Robert McDonald and among many other things, Benjamin Britten was the reliable accompanist to his Peter Pears.

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Hélène Grimaud: Dances with Pianos and Wolves

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

As WQXR celebrates Powerhouse Pianists throughout January, we spotlight a pianist known to give the keyboard a workout. Hélène Grimaud is frequently admired for her enormous technical command and her keen musical curiosity.

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Mozart Piano Works

Monday, January 24, 2011

As part of our month-long focus on Powerhouse Pianists – and with Mozart’s birthday right around the corner – Symphony Hall is spending this week with some of Mozart’s most beloved works for piano.

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When Moving Pianos, Brains meet Brawn

Friday, January 21, 2011

Being a piano mover in New York City involves a host of special talents. Bill Hennessy, the owner of Keyboard Express, says that the biggest keys to moving a nine-foot concert grand are quick thinking and parking skills.

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Top Five Piano Prodigies

Monday, January 17, 2011

As we celebrate the current class of the keyboard world this month with our series Powerhouse Pianists, here are five up-and-coming prodigies -- and recent prodigies -- who could be selling out concert halls in the years to come.

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Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Whose version of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 -- a.k.a. "Rocky 3" -- is your favorite? You told us you preferred the performance by Vladimir Horowitz over those of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martha Argerich, and Leif Ove Andsnes, so we played it at 12 Noon.

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Marc-André Hamelin's Études

Friday, January 14, 2011

With our Album of the Week, pianist Marc-André Hamelin has composed a collection of 12 Études in all the minor keys that pushes the outer limits of virtuosity. Get a free download and tell us what you think.

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Simone Dinnerstein's "A Strange Beauty"

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has a fascination with the unexpected and mysterious qualities in Bach's music. This collection of Chorale Preludes, Keyboard Concertos and an English Suite is our Album of the Week.

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Gabriela Montero's Solatino

Saturday, January 01, 2011

The latest recording by Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero features inspired performances of 26 short, luminous works by seven Latin American composers as well as her own unique improvisations. It’s our Album of the Week.

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From the Vaults: Glenn Gould on Bach's Goldberg Variations

Thursday, January 06, 2011

In 1982, the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould sat down with the critic and broadcaster Tim Page to talk about Bach's Goldberg Variations.

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What's the Most Virtuosic Piano Piece Ever Written?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

As we mark the bicentenary of Franz Liszt in 2011, many pianists are daring to tackle his immensely difficult and diabolical compositions. But they're not the only "extreme" pieces in the repertoire.

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David Fray: A Frenchman Makes His Mark on German Classics

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The young French pianist David Fray is fast gaining notice for his charismatic, sometimes eccentric performances of Bach and Schubert. Just don't compare him to Glenn Gould.

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From the Vaults: A Conversation with Van Cliburn

Monday, January 03, 2011

As WQXR focuses on today’s rising young pianists in January, we also look back at some of the young lions of the past. In this 1958 interview, pianist Van Cliburn tells WQXR about winning the first Tchaikovsky Competition.

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The Power of Stage Fright

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Midge Woolsey considers the career of Vladimir Horowitz, "a man who overcame great emotional challenges to bring classical music lovers some of the most thrilling performances of his day."

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Art Case Pianos

Friday, January 14, 2011

New York Times writer and author James Barron discusses the history of the world's most beautiful pianos.

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Ten Questions for Byron Janis

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Along with Van Cliburn, Leon Fleisher and Gary Graffman, Byron Janis is a leading light in the generation of American pianists who burst onto the international scene in the 1950s. Yet almost from the start he faced incredible odds.

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From the Vaults: Jorge Bolet Plays Rachmaninoff

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

In the summer of 1957, Jorge Bolet gave a celebrated performance with the Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York at Lewisohn Stadium in Upper Manhattan. The program's centerpiece was Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.

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