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No one can take it away

The “Lady in Number 6” is a short but truly inspirational film about 109-year old Alice Hertz-Sommer, a concert pianist and the oldest holocaust survivor until her death earlier this year. After a remarkable and long life, this irrepressible lady … Continue reading

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Interview with… Gordon Ogilvie (pianist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). As a scientist at the University of Cambridge, I am involved in both research in theoretical astrophysics and teaching in mathematics. Music is also a very important part of … Continue reading

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Interview with… Charlotte Tomlinson (pianist)

I have worked as a chamber musician and duo partner for my entire career to date and therefore I have not needed to play from memory in a concert. Music has been given to me anything from months before the … Continue reading

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Mental practice and a holiday from playing

Many musicians worry about how to keep repertoire fresh and accurate when practising simply isn’t possible. I haven ‘t touched the piano for a week, and although my recent holiday in the mountains was undoubtedly restorative for the mind and … Continue reading

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Interview with… GéNIA (pianist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I am a pianist, composer, educator and founder of the Piano-Yoga® method. Do you actively memorise music and perform without a score? If not, why not? If so, why? When … Continue reading

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Pianists on Playing (book review)

Compiled by Linda Noyle, “Pianists on Playing” is a collection of interviews from the 1980’s with twelve international concert pianists. The pianists, who are all giants of the classical piano world, include household names like Vladimir Ashkenazy and Jorge Bolet. Each pianist … Continue reading

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Keeping repertoire alive

If playing music is a big part of your life, it’s likely that at some point you’ll be asked to play in front of people – friends, family, colleagues. While some people relish the opportunity, and ultimately make a career … Continue reading

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