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By Caroline Benser

In At the Piano: Interviews with 21st-Century Pianists, Caroline Benser explores the kaleidoscopic global of 21st-century pianism via a sequence 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 device, well known for his or her renditions of vintage works by way of Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, and Bartók, also they are devoted to advancing pianism, commissioning and appearing works through dwelling composers in addition to revisiting and re-exploring musical probabilities ignored by means of their predecessors. Interviewees speak with Benser approximately such issues as their first stories on the piano, the serious position performed by means of 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 occupation doing what they love.

Teachers, scholars, and beginner pianists alike will find out about new and lesser-known piano literature; newly constructed tools that experience prolonged the diversity 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 professional and non-specialist pianist but in addition for all musicians and common tune fanatics.

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He’s widely admired around the world, and especially in Norway. It’s the kind of festival where there are four or five concerts a day and every one of them is completely packed in this smallish church. It’s amazing how many people they fit into that church! It’s a wonderful atmosphere there. Risor is a fishing village which is very, very beautiful. One doesn’t sleep because there are so many concerts and rehearsals, but also because the sun never goes down. I loved being there. It was extremely concentrated, but I enjoyed the work and the performances very much.

I’ve been very lucky to have gotten awards. I’ve received a Gilmore and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, which are both wonderful, but I think that there is something about how the trust works that is so unique. Richard Goode has also been one of your mentors, and you have a set of recitals coming up soon with him. We’re playing two concerts in London next May. Four hands, and two pianos. What music will you be playing? It’s a wacky program, which I absolutely love. It begins with Schubert’s Lebensstürme in A minor, D.

French composer who studied with Boulez and is part of today’s “spectral” movement in France. 7. Geirr Tveitt (1908–1981); Fartein Valen (1887–1952); Harald Saeverud (1897–1992). 8. Rob Cowan and Leif Ove Andsnes, “The Real Grieg,” Gramophone Collector’s Edition CD, Aug. 2006, 55 minutes. 9. David Weininger, “For One Piano Master, a Balancing Act,” The Boston Globe, 4 Jan. 2008. 10. The old instrument was later dried out and installed in the lobby of a radio station in Bergen. 11. Thomas Larcher (b.

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