Christmas Weekend Competition: the winners

Many thanks to all those who took part in my special Christmas Weekend Competition. I really enjoyed reading through the lovely comments. The prize is a digital copy (a PDF) of three publications; Capturing the Spirit of Christmas, Capturing the Joy of Winter and The Star of Wonder. These books have been  compiled, written and…

Christmas Weekend Competition

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I enjoy hosting competitions. This weekend’s Christmas competition highlights three excellent Wintry publications, perfect for your studio if you’re a teacher or for your playing pleasure if you’re a student. All three publications have been released by Editions Musica Ferrum. If you’re new to…

5 tips on preparing a new piano piece: Part 1

In the latest Pianist Magazine Newsletter, I focus on preparing a new piano piece. This is a three-part series. Part 1 looks at the periphery and early stages of preparing your piece. When learning a new piece, there are so many considerations. How will you start? Do you like to listen to several performances? Or…

Chord Playing and Improvising 3: Christopher Norton

Today I welcome back world-renowned composer Christopher Norton to my blog. Chris is contributing a series of guest articles, each one offering a free download of one of his piano pieces, as well as plenty of practice tips, suggestions and advice. A Gentle Touch, an early intermediate level piece, is number three in the series…

On preparing for a Beethoven marathon Part 10: Julian Jacobson

Today’s post is the final one before concert pianist and piano professor Julian Jacobson’s big day! He will be performing all 32 Beethoven sonatas on Saturday at St John’s Church Waterloo in London. Julian will be repeating this performance in Uruguay six days later on his 75th birthday. In this post, he discusses the issue…

Martha Argerich: The Rehearsal

If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that I like posting master classes given by the great and the good in the profession. However, a few days ago, I stumbled across this most interesting rehearsal. It features Argentinian concert pianist Martha Argerich with conductor Charles Dutoit. Recorded in 2009, Argerich, who needs no introduction…

On preparing a Beethoven marathon Part 9: Julian Jacobson

In part nine of concert pianist and piano professor Julian Jacobson’s series of articles chronicling his Beethoven marathon preparations, he muses on many aspects which must be taken into consideration when gearing-up for such an event. You can find out more about Julian’s work and all the details for his marathon performance on November 12th…

On preparing a Beethoven marathon Part 8: Julian Jacobson

In today’s post, concert pianist and piano professor Julian Jacobson discusses the importance of the Beethoven edition as he prepares for his marathon, which takes place on Novemebr 12th at St. John’s Church in Waterloo, London. Find out more about this concert, here.     On Beethoven editions… This week’s blog is on the vexed topic…

On preparing for a Beethoven marathon Part 7: Julian Jacobson

Today’s post is Part 7 of concert pianist and piano professor Julian Jacobson’s series chronicling preparations for his Beethoven sonata marathon on November 12th in London. Julian will undertake the mammoth task of performing all 32 sonatas in one day, and, here, he muses on the much-admired Appassionata sonata. You can read all the articles…