Piano Workshops and Summer Adventures

I’ve come to the end of a very busy Summer. It has been stimulating and enjoyable on so many levels, and it’s a privilege to travel to interesting parts of the world, meeting and working with different piano students, teachers, music lovers, and (hopefully) spreading the love for the piano. Music courses, particularly piano courses,…

The Montecatini Piano Festival

I’m delighted to be attending the new Montecatini Piano Festival this year. As many will know from reading this blog, I love to travel with my work and consider it a privilege. I feel travelling is one of the best ways to explore a particular place, culture, or country. This festival is to be held…

Paolo Fazioli in conversation with Melanie Spanswick

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a tour of the Fazioli piano factory in Sacile, Italy. The headquarters of this illustrious firm of piano makers is based a short drive from Venice. Fazioli was established in 1981 and is swiftly becoming an increasingly popular choice of instrument amongst pianists and institutions; from celebrated artists (Angela Hewitt,…

International Piano Master Classes with Angela Hewitt

Image link: http://www.medici.tv The tenth Trasimeno Music Festival will be held from July 5th to July 11th 2014. It is set on Lake Trasimeno in the heart of Umbria, just twenty minutes from the beautiful historic city of Perugia. The Artistic Director,   renowned British Canadian concert pianist Angela Hewitt,  established the festival in 2005, and she participates in the majority of…

Fazioli Factory and Venice Visit

Here’s a wonderful trip for all those who love the piano and particularly Fazioli; Jaques Samuel Pianos of Edgware Road in London are organizing a special visit to Fazioli’s Factory in Sacile, Italy. The trip, which has been held several times since 2007, will be of interest to pianists, piano teachers, and piano tuners, as…

Angela Hewitt in conversation with Melanie Spanswick

This is the Twentieth Classical Conversation in my Series, and I’m delighted to welcome celebrated British Canadian concert pianist Angela Hewitt to mark the occasion. Angela Hewitt is a phenomenal artist who has established herself at the highest level over the last few years not least through her superb, award-winning recordings for Hyperion. Completed in 2005, her…