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Evgeny Kissin plays Liszt, Sydney Opera House

“He is a born musician and a born great pianist” – Vladimir Ashkenazy Such is the accolade given by maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy, himself a virtuoso pianist, to Evgeny Kissin, one of the great pianists of our generation. For a piano … Continue reading

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Little Red Riding Hood – Who are you?

In one of the most famous fairy tales ever told, Little Red Riding Hood is a little girl in a red cloak who visits her grandma in the woods only to discover a big bad wolf has eaten grandma and … Continue reading

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George Gershwin

“True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today” – ¬†George Gershwin George Gershwin was born on September 26 1898 and is widely regarded as the … Continue reading

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Saint-Saens’ Le Cygne (Godowsky’s transcription in G flat major)

Camille Saint-Saens composition of Le Cygne (The Swan) from his famous Carnival of the Animals was beautifully paraphrased by the great Polish American pianist and composer Leopold Godowsky. Technique This Godowsky arrangement requires delicate and passive note playing by the … Continue reading

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Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)

“Music is enough for a lifetime but a lifetime is not enough for music” ~ Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) Sergei Rachmaninoff was born on the 1 April 1873 and is widely regarded as a brilliant pianist and one of … Continue reading

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