I am currently in Shropshire (near Wales, UK) for two weeks working at a Summer piano school and music festival called PIANO WEEK. I’ve been coaching pianists both young and old, through workshops, presentations, piano and composition classes. It’s certainly a most enjoyable opportunity and I relish the chance to meet a wonderful group of like-minded students and teachers. Because I am away, I thought the following YouTube video may be of interest; it’s a lecture recital given by the renowned Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida.
Uchida gave this fascinating illustrated lecture at Oxford University last year. Her topic: How they differ, comparing two major piano concertos: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major Op. 58 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C Major K. 503 in memory of the late Lord Weidenfeld who founded the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme, and the Humanitas Visiting Professorships at Oxford and Cambridge.
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