International Women’s Day 2019: The Pianist as Composer

To celebrate International Women’s Day, I want to share this lovely performance of one of my piano pieces, recorded by American pianist and writer, Rhonda Rizzo. Rhonda, who lives in Wisconsin, has made several CD recordings and has just written and published her first novel, The Waco Variations (more about this publication soon on my…

A few thoughts on demonstration

Interviews with great pianists are always interesting (this I know first hand, after speaking to forty concert pianists in my series Classical Conversations), but one particularly fascinating interview popped into my timeline recently; Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin spoke to Frederic Gaussin about his life and work. You can read the complete interview here. Detailed, in-depth…

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…