Pianist 111

Pianist magazine is adored internationally by those who love to play the piano. From Bach to Billy Joel, the magazine offers a wide range of music styles to learn from, as you don’t just read it – you play it too! With every issue, you’ll find 40 pages of selected sheet music (suitable for players of all levels) accompanied by specially recorded sound files. The sound files act as the perfect learning tool, so you can listen to a piece of music before you learn it. All you need to do is click on the ‘sound’ icon and turn the Scores pages with a light swipe of your finger. With Pianist magazine you can expect nothing less than the very best when it comes to playing the instrument you love. You’ll have everything you need to play like an expert, including notes on technique, pedalling and interpretation, sheet music reviews, Q&As, teaching tips, in-depth ‘How to Play’ masterclasses, readers’ letters, piano news, interviews with top concert pianists and so much more! And guess what? If you opt for the digital issue, you get FREE EXTRA Scores! From the basics of scale playing to the difficult stretches and fast runs, Pianist magazine is your top piano playing guide – giving you the confidence and expertise you need to play like a pro!

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2 minutos
power to the fingers

Recently I attended the launch of the 2020 Chopin International Piano Competition. Taking place every five years in Warsaw, the competition has launched the careers of Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich and Krystian Zimerman. What’s on the menu for first-round contestants? Etudes. Lots of them. If their double-thirds and winter winds aren’t up to scratch, they’re on the plane home. Contributor Alisdair Hogarth is a firm believer that regardless of our level of playing, etudes – studies, exercises, call them what you will – matter. It’s not about which exercises you play, he says on p76, but how you play them. Drilling down on p18, Graham Fitch digs up unusual as well as standard-fare studies, showing you how to practise (and enjoy) them. Exercises can nudge us out of a mental rut and…

5 minutos
readers’ letters

WRITE TO: The Editor, Pianist, Warners Group Publications, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5JD. EMAIL: editor@pianistmagazine.com STAR LETTER wins a surprise CD. Letters may be edited. Eating up repertoire Thank you for the latest issue 110. In her interview, Isata Kanneh-Mason says her teacher Carole Presland pushed her to learn a lot of repertoire quite quickly but effectively. So here is my question: How does one build up repertoire quickly in order to be able to work as a professional pianist? I recall Pianist suggesting we give ourselves ample time when we prepare a recital – e.g. six months preparation time for a recital programme that one has already played in the past. Unlike a concert pianist, the indie pianist has to play small, local gigs where different programmes are required. We also…

5 minutos
the ultimate pianist gift guide

Acoustic with all the (digital) trimmings Fancy an enhancement to your acoustic piano, with all the cool features that a digital can bring? Bechstein’s new Vario Duet system (successor to the Vario Classic) might do the trick. We got to test drive it at Jaques Samuel Pianos showroom in London, where it was installed into one of the Bechstein uprights, and we were impressed. When turned to ‘silent’, you get to enjoy your playing via the headphones (included), so nobody is disturbed. Vario’s app integrates itself sleekly into its digital system, offering features for practising, recording (with orchestra, if that’s your thing), playback, sharing your music via Airdrop and more. Your favourite settings can be saved directly into Vario and can be accessed by the push of a button, without even needing…

3 minutos
mozart in china

To get to the heart of Mozart, the wisdom goes, we must be young, or at least young of heart. The truth of the maxim was tested and proved in late September at the Third Zhuhai International Mozart Competition. Music competitions flourish in China, where success is measured and prized so keenly, and conservatoires turn out pianists as efficiently as piano factories up-river in Guangdong produce instruments. Countless numbers of them rattle off all the Czerny Etudes without turning a hair. The Zhuhai Mozart Competition takes such technical proficiency for granted. It requires of its contestants not that they raise the roof with a Rachmaninov concerto but, perhaps no less of a challenge, that they touch the heart with an elegantly-phrased melody and a luminously-voiced chord. Three categories divide contestants by age, from…

9 minutos
her name is lola

‘Is there a book somewhere, where it’s written that you have to cover yourself completely in a long black gown, so that magically you become a better artist all of a sudden?’ asks Lola Astanova. ‘It’s absurd to think that if a distinguished male pianist wears a suit, that makes him more of a serious artist. And for a woman, if you happen to be wearing a shorter dress and high heels, then there’s this stereotype that you’re not going to be good enough professionally. No! No!’ she bursts out passionately. ‘You can have it all! You can look like that and have the musical talent to back it up with. It’s empowering.’ In Lola’s case, ‘shorter dress’ is something of an understatement. She likes them really short. And the heels…

2 minutos
lola astanova up close

If you could play only one piece in the whole repertoire from now on, what would it be? To be forced to play only one piece forever sounds like a harsh prison sentence (laughs), particularly, because my favourites always change. But, maybe Rachmaninov’s Second Concerto… it is a perfect blend of everything. If you could play only one composer from now on, which would it be? That is another tough choice, but if I had to pick just one, it would be Rachmaninov. One pianist, dead or alive, you’d travel long and far to hear? Rachmaninov. His name as a composer is so colossal that people forget he was also an extraordinary pianist. Very few musicians in history could play on his level. One concert hall you’d love to play in? The Royal Albert Hall. Strangely enough,…