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Italian-French Pianist Aldo Ciccolini Has Died at the Age of 89

3, 2015

Pianist Aldo Ciccolini passed away at his home in Paris on February 1st at the age of 89. He was born in Naples in 1925 and became a French citizen in 1969.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Viola Organista” in Concert

Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci
December 4, 2013

People still flock to the Louvre in Paris to see perhaps the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa. Now, people can hear a musical instrument conceived by the same brilliant mind, the “viola organista” from Leonardo da Vinci.

The Next Mozart?

13, 2012

Good things – including pianists – come in small packages.

Pianist David Fray Makes Bach Swing

Pianist David Fray
Pianist David Fray was named "Newcomer of the Year 2008" by BBC Music Magazine.
April 28, 2011

French-born pianist David Fray is a relative newcomer to the classical music scene, but apparently has caught the attention of many music lovers in the span of a few years.

Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes Mixes Classical Music, Contemporary Art

Orchestra performance.
Leif Ove Andsnes performs with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
20, 2011

While the number of Classical downloads are not, and never will be, as high as that of other musical genres, any record label (or orchestra, chamber group, or solo artist for that matter) owes it to themselves to use technology to thrust Classical music into the 21st century.

Leon Fleisher’s ‘Nine Lives’

Album Cover (Front: Photo of Leon Fleisher)
Leon Fleisher made many memorable recordings on piano with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra.
16, 2011

Leon Fleisher and Anne Midgette co-authored a memoir about the pianist’s career and multiple comebacks from focal dystopia.

On Clowns and Father Figures: Once Again, Pianist James Rhodes

Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside album cover.
Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside album cover.
May 18, 2010

Review of classical pianist James Rhodes latest album “Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside.”