At the Piano: Interviews with 21st-Century Pianists

In At the Piano: Interviews with 21st-Century Pianists, Caroline Benser explores the kaleidoscopic global 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 below are not just a virtuosos on their tool, well known for his or her renditions of vintage works via Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, and Bartók, also they are devoted to advancing pianism, commissioning and appearing works via dwelling composers in addition to revisiting and re-exploring musical chances ignored via their predecessors. Interviewees speak with Benser approximately such issues as their first studies on the piano, the serious position performed by way of their earliest lecturers, the literature they play, the tools they like, the that means of musicianship to them, and the thrill and problems of a pro profession doing what they love.

Teachers, scholars, and beginner pianists alike will know about new and lesser-known piano literature; newly built tools that experience prolonged the diversity of the keyboard; the outstanding upward thrust of pianists in such nations as China; and new learn on pianists' accidents and fit taking part in. At the Piano is written not just for the expert and non-specialist pianist but additionally for all musicians and common track lovers.

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There has been a tremendous black gap within the wall, which was once beautiful frightening. I don’t understand how it occurred. 11_357_Benser. indb 139 9/15/11 4:01 PM 140 bankruptcy Seven Do you do yoga, or swim? I do somewhat yoga, a few again workout, and a few workout generally. Swimming will be nice, really, yet I’d need to discover a position to swim. I don’t swim. workout is essential, and nutritious meals, too. i love to devour approximately 4 hours ahead of a live performance, yet no longer too shut. I devour carbohydrates and that kind of factor. After a live performance i love to consume meat.

It’s really one of these romantic adventure! Brendel and Schiff in addition to others have performed this aria. it's actual that the most important problem for a pianist is to sing on the piano. I’ve by no means quite sung, after all, yet purely at the piano! I do detect that once 11_357_Benser. indb 137 9/15/11 4:01 PM 138 bankruptcy Seven I play the piano the average goal is to sing, yet i'm a piece intimidated. There are, in fact, a few pianists who do sing occasionally on the piano, not only of their heads, and they’re heard on recordings.

Indb four 9/15/11 4:00 PM Leif Ove Andsnes five piano sonatas with decisions from the lieder, whereas their 2004 free up is dedicated to Winterreise. between honors offered Andsnes is his designation as Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, obtained in 2002. In 2007 he got the Peer Gynt Prize, whose honoree is selected via contributors of Norway’s parliament. In June of 2010, Andsnes’s daughter Sigrid was once born to him and his associate, Ragnhild Lothe, who performs the French horn with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Indb 28 9/15/11 4:00 PM Jonathan Biss 29 have been merely 20 people, yet all people performed so good. That begins to play into your head somewhat! yet there are such a lot of different elements, along with simply with the ability to play good, that come into appearing, wouldn’t you are saying? Oh, my God, completely! there are such a lot of character questions and there's a lot success concerned. Your actual healthiness, for one. convinced, I’m commencing to detect the level to which one is ready to reside this lifestyles seriously lies on how good you care for your self.

That used to be most likely the explanation i began enjoying the piano. i feel i used to be 4 while he began taking part in the piano at age six. I don’t take into accout this, yet it appears that's the tale. How some distance did he move in his examine? lovely a ways. i believe he was once thirteen while he gave it up, and he used to be fairly complex. He’s come again to it, and that i may say he’s a great novice pianist. I don’t imagine there has been ever any query in his brain approximately desirous to do it professionally. It used to be anything that he loved and that i will surely describe him as a tune lover.

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