Piano Music by Women

Over the past few months, musicians have been carefully rethinking their work; the pandemic has forced artists to develop in a completely new direction. The internet has proved a splendid alternative platform. We have witnessed new online concert series’, master classes, workshops, and for teachers, copious online lessons. I’ve enjoyed performances from international artists, many…

Pianists From The Past: Cyril Smith

My Pianists From The Past series continues today and this article has been written by British pianist and pedagogue Julian Saphir. Julian’s past pianist of choice is the British concert pianist and pedagogue Cyril Smith, with whom he had a personal connection. Over to Julian… One day in the Spring of 1991, during my third…

Beethoven Piano Concerto Project

Beethoven’s piano concertos are amongst the most emotionally satisfying in the whole piano repertoire. British pianist and teacher David Alexander has, for the past few years, been programming all five concertos in London as part of his own Beethoven project. On January 10th 2019 he will be performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 Op. 58…

My Journey as a Composer by Lindsey Berwin

British teacher and composer Lindsey Berwin is my guest writer today. She has written several pedagogical publications for teachers and students. I asked Lindsey about her work as a composer, and why composing has become an increasingly important element in her life. Over to Lindsey… My journey as a composer began some thirty years ago,…

Weekend Competition: Relax With…

The Relax With series is a relatively new collection of piano music books edited by British concert pianist Samantha Ward (published by Schott Music) and designed primarily to be played at home, simply for pleasure. Selected for their relaxing qualities, the pieces in this volume range from well-known classics to delightful lesser-known gems. Featuring both…

New Year Weekend Competition: the winner

Many thanks to all who took part in my weekend competition. The prize is a copy of The Ultimate Easy Piano Songlist published by British music publisher, Faber Music. Without further ado, the winner is… LEON WHITESELL CONGRATULATIONS! Please send me your address via the contact page on this blog, and your book will be…

The Faber Music Piano Anthology

I’m extremely honoured to have been invited to compile a new anthology for leading UK music publisher, Faber Music. This hefty volume is designed to be a gift book for anyone who enjoys playing (or who fancies exploring) a large and varied collection of piano works. A luxury hardback edition featuring high-quality premium paper, page…

The Chicago Amateur Piano Competition

Love them or loathe them, piano competitions are more popular than ever before and there are no shortage of entrants, irrespective of standard or ability. And subjective as they are, piano contests can fire the imagination, motivating players to reach new heights in their quest for keyboard perfection. For a professional pianist a competition has…

Friday Freebie!

Today’s Friday Freebie comes courtesy of US composer and arranger, Carol Matz. Carol (pictured above) is a prolific educational composer whose many collections of works and arrangements for the piano have been published by Alfred. She publishes her compositions as well, and you can sign up for free monthly piano pieces, arrangements and duets, here….

New Year Weekend Competition!

The first competition of the New Year features a series written by Paul Harris and published by Faber Music. A piece a week is just that: a repertoire of short pieces for Elementary pupils to learn in a week, encouraging quick study and instant score recognition (these volumes could also be used as sight-reading for…