At the Piano: Interviews with 21st-Century Pianists by Caroline Benser

By Caroline Benser

In At the Piano: Interviews with 21st-Century Pianists, Caroline Benser explores the kaleidoscopic global of twenty-first-century pianism via a chain of prolonged interviews with 8 significant pianists: Leif Ove Andsnes, Jonathan Biss, Simone Dinnerstein, Marc-André Hamelin, Stephen Hough, Steven Osborne, Yevgeny Sudbin, and Yuja Wang.

The pianists represented listed here are not just a virtuosos on their device, popular for his or her renditions of vintage works by means of Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, and Bartók, also they are devoted to advancing pianism, commissioning and appearing works by means of dwelling composers in addition to revisiting and re-exploring musical chances ignored by way of their predecessors. Interviewees speak with Benser approximately such issues as their first studies on the piano, the serious function performed by way of their earliest lecturers, the literature they play, the tools they like, the that means of musicianship to them, and the thrill and problems of a pro occupation doing what they love.

Teachers, scholars, and novice pianists alike will find out about new and lesser-known piano literature; newly constructed tools that experience prolonged the diversity of the keyboard; the outstanding upward thrust of pianists in such nations as China; and new examine on pianists' accidents and fit taking part in. At the Piano is written not just for the expert and non-specialist pianist but additionally for all musicians and common song lovers.

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