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The Old, Yellowish Piano Keys

The Old, Yellowish Piano Keys

Nino Dangadze plays Rêverie by A. Ovenberg. At age 14, drained by the pressure of the piano lessons for the previous seven years, I was looking forward to moving on with my life, as far away from the ... »

Paul Elie Reads from Reinventing Bach

When Paul Elie agreed to read a selection from his new book, Reinventing Bach (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2012), for a video exclusive to GRAND PIANO PASSION™, I jumped at the chance. We would meet ... »

Pulling Bach’s Music into 21st Century

Bach, one of the masters of polyphony, influenced 22-year-old Irish composer Louis Ryan in his composition of fresh, contemporary etudes for the piano. »

Classical Piano Music Infused with Traditional Irish Singing

Young, Dublin-based composer Louis Ryan explains how his modern-day polyphonic études for piano were influenced by traditional Irish folk singing, Sean Nós. »

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Visualization for Carnegie Hall

After walking the spiritual Labyrinth at church, Nancy M. Williams comes up with a visualization strategy for her upcoming piano recital at Carnegie Hall. »

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Expression Is the Need of My Soul

Embracing imperfection, finding courage, and stating clear goals are just some of the keys to unlocking creative expression through practicing the piano. »

From Accounting to Adult Piano Lessons to Guiding Light

From Accounting to Adult Piano Lessons to Guiding Light

In this interview, the second in a series, Indusekhar Menon relates how adult piano lessons sparked a significant career change and a foray into composing. »

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Rethinking Adult Piano Lessons with Mozart

Gorden Cheng, who won an amateur piano competition playing a Mozart sonata, explains why Mozart can be more difficult to master than Liszt or Rachmaninoff. »

Glenn performs a selection from his own arrangement of a Johann Strauss Waltz Medley, at the AmateurPianists San Diego recital in May 2012.

An Amateur Pianist Creates a Concert Series

Glenn Kramer formed the San Diego group AmateurPianists with the goal of providing venues for amateur pianists of any level to gain performance experience. »

A Classical Piano Music Sit-Down Comedienne

I picked up the sheet music from the floor and said, “Whoops! Sorry about that,” and the audience was hysterical: Shirley Gruenhut's adventures performing. »

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How a Varsity Football Player Turned to Classical Piano Music

Classical piano music, in the form of a Chopin Nocturne, helped this varsity football player persevere through poor health after suffering a serious injury. »

Harriet Kaplan performs Bach’s prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, No.18 from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1.

A Cellist Takes Adult Piano Lessons

In this video, exclusive to GRAND PIANO PASSION™, Harriet Kaplan performs Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp Minor, No.18 from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. I’ve always regarded people who pla... »

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Fighting Cancer with Classical Piano Music

Playing classical piano music, especially Beethoven, is another form of therapy for Emily Sun, who is undergoing an intensive radiotherapy cancer treatment. »

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A Piano Teacher Takes Adult Piano Lessons

Piano teacher Matthew Harre felt disenchanted with his piano technique, so he decided to take up piano lessons again under the prominent Alexander Lipsky. »

Finding the Road’s Curve in Classical Piano Music

When Toshiko Nishino emigrated to the United States from Japan, wanting her life to be different, she could not know she would find classical piano music. »

Ricker Choi's on playing the quiet piano.

When You Need a Quiet Piano

After accomplished amateur pianist Ricker Choi received a threatening letter from neighbors about his piano practice, he decided to invest in a quiet piano. »

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Ensembles and Adult Piano Lessons

Alberto De Salas believes that playing in an ensemble is crucial to a pianist’s development. The founder of the Amateur Classical Musicians Association (ACMA), Alberto performed an Ástor Piazzolla pie... »

Stacy Schwartz plays Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Making Time for Adult Piano Lessons

Stacy Schwartz playing Somewhere Over the Rainbow after only four months of study. Stacy Schwartz, a professor at Rutgers University, a business consultant, and a mother of three children all under se... »

Matt Harre gives adult piano students advice on performance.

Why Students of Adult Piano Lessons Should Perform

In this exclusive video for GRAND PIANO PASSION™, Matt Harre gives adult piano students useful tips for preparing for their performances. Matthew Harre believes that performing on the piano is a diffe... »

Mark Cannon plays Sonata #9

An Independent Streak in Piano Study

Mark Cannon, a psychiatrist by profession, takes an unconventional approach to piano study, preferring to work independently and take lessons occasionally. »

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