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Each bi-monthly issue includes interviews with top pianists and rising talent, performance tips, news, features, analysis and comment. You will find exclusive tutorials by concert artists, in-depth articles on piano recordings and repertoire, masterclasses on piano technique, and festival, concert and competition reports from around the globe.

Every edition includes a five-page Symposium, hosted by Jeremy Siepmann, which brings together leading experts and international pianists for a round-table debate.

Our comprehensive reviews section examines the latest recordings, books, DVDs, sheet music and concerts.

Plus, each issue includes free sheet music – often rare or newly released works – for readers to add to their collections.

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  • REVIEW: Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players at St John’s Smith Square
    It was pleasantly disorientating to sit down to a lunchtime concert that featured a chamber orchestra, particularly one as distinguished as the London Mozart Players (LMP). The ensemble has teamed up with pianist-conductor Howard Shelley to bring a six-part series of Mozart concertos to London’s St John’s Smith Square, with instalments taking place once a month until April 2015.
  • Pascal Rogé’s ‘mafia’ claims rejected as Rina Sala Gallo competition threatens legal action
    Rina Sala Gallo Association has called for Pascal Rogé to issue an apology after he abandoned his duties as jury member at the international piano competition in Monza. The French pianist resigned from the jury after the semi final, accusing the Italian jury members of rigging the results. Rogé wrote on Norman Lebrecht’s Slipped Disc blog: ‘It’s purely mathematic: you put three Italian jury members plus two more “very strongly Italian influenced” and then you have a “majority” that can manipulate the results to their whims.’ Rogé believed that the two best candidates were the Korean and Japanese candidates, who he claims were ‘far above’ the rest of the pianists.
  • Mozart piano sonata manuscript discovered in Hungary
    The manuscript to Mozart’s Piano Sonata No 11 in A major, K331 has been uncovered in Budapest. Musicologist Balazs Mikusi rediscovered the autograph in Budapest’s National Szechenyi Library, where the document had lain for many decades. Mozart is not believed to have ever visited Hungary and it is still a mystery how the manuscript wound up in the national library, established in 1802 by Count Ferenc Szechenyi.
  • Pianist prepares for Proms premiere with scales, finger exercises – and kung fu
    Andreas Haefliger has revealed that he practised kung fu ahead of his performance of a new concerto by Zhou Long at the Proms. The centrepiece of Prom 61 on 2 September was the European premiere of Postures for piano and orchestra, written by Zhou Long and performed by Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, under the guiding hand of conductor Lan Shui. The composer, who was in the audience, wrote in the programme notes that he considers the piano ‘a rhythmic and hammered instrument’ and that Postures ‘reflects the movements of some animal gestures in kung fu’.
  • Apply now for the International German Piano Award
    The deadline for applications for the International German Piano Award is fast approaching, with the final cut off set for 28 November.

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Contents for International Piano

Jeremy Nicholas remembers Cuban pianist Jorge Bolet

Cover story
IP presents a rare interview with keyboard poet Elisabeth Leonskaja

Competition special

Industry insiders share their views on piano competitions, plus news from Monza

Piano partnerships
Part three: Piano duos

World Aids Day
Remembering those lost to Aids

Lessons from the past
Period performance practice on modern-day pianos

Contemporary music
Dejan Lazic’s new Piano Concerto

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Piano competitions are not for the faint hearted. There’s mounting pressure to perform, to gain the audience’s trust, to possess stamina worthy of a marathon runner – and that’s just the judges.

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