The Classical Conversations Series

The Classical Conversations Series is three years old today! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed chatting to forty pianists and teachers on camera, and when I began my series, this concept was fairly unusual. It’s been a privilege to speak to so many eminent musicians, gleaning their respective  inspirations, pianistic loves and musical journeys. Whilst I invariably asked…

Second Anniversary of the Classical Conversations Series

My interview series, Classical Conversations, celebrates its second Anniversary today. I have interviewed thirty-nine eminent pianists and pedagogues on camera to date (number thirty-eight will be published later this week), and it has been such an interesting project. To mark the occasion The Music Teacher Magazine (published by Rhinegold) have very kindly featured my Series in their November…

Boris Giltburg in conversation with Melanie Spanswick

The thirty-fifth interview in my Classical Conversations Series features Israeli concert pianist Boris Giltburg, and we met at Jaques Samuel Pianos in London earlier this week to chat about his life and career. Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg was born in 1984 in Moscow and has lived in Tel Aviv since early childhood. He began his…

Federico Colli in conversation with Melanie Spanswick

This is the twenty-eighth interview in my series and today my guest is Italian concert pianist Federico Colli. Federico is the most recent winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition held in 2012, and I chatted to him at Jaques Samuel Pianos in London.  “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving that…

Philip Fowke in conversation with Melanie Spanswick

My twenty-seventh interview features British concert pianist and teacher Philip Fowke. We met up a few weeks ago at Steinway Hall in London for a fascinating chat about many aspects of Philip’s career. Philip’s first piano teacher was Marjorie Withers. At seventeen he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London where he…

Piers Lane in conversation with Melanie Spanswick

My twenty-first Classical Conversation is with Australian concert pianist Piers Lane, who chatted to me last week at Steinway Hall in London. London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane has a flourishing international career, which has taken him to more than forty countries. Highlights of the past year include world premiere performances of Carl Vine’s second piano…