International Piano is a unique bi-monthly publication written for and loved by pianists and discerning fans of piano music all over the world.

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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It is a cliché for a Brit to write about rain, but festival season turns many of us into ardent weather watchers. While the UK was enjoying an uncharacteristically sunny summer (both a blessing and a curse for the Proms, held in the airless Royal Albert Hall), her European neighbours were suffering from the worst storms to hit the continent in several years. Many of the big piano events were affected: Verbier, with the likes of Martha Argerich, Daniil Trifonov and Evgeny Kissin on the bill, fell victim to the inclement skies, although neither the attendees nor the artists seemed to mind (reviews on p87).

The situation in Italy was more serious. Visitors to Verona seeking music under the stars at the city’s famous Roman amphitheatre were subject to cancellations and tumultuous downpours. Ludovico Einaudi did not cancel his Verona concert, the only Italian date in his recent tour, but the sound engineers will have a tough time editing out the noise of the thunder for a planned Live in Verona disc. As well as being one of the few pianists who can sell out a 15,000-seat venue, Einaudi also impressed when he continued to perform when a water-filled tarpaulin roof collapsed over the stage, splashing both artist and keyboard.

Those who stayed were separated into two groups: those who watched from under their umbrellas and those who craned their necks trying to see past umbrellas. Mayor Flavio Tosi recently announced that he wants to put a roof over the 2,000-year-old arena. According to Verona daily L’Arena, Tosi is planning to launch an international competition to draw suggestions on how the formidable architectural task should be addressed. Well, if it worked for Wimbledon...

As the summer draws to an end, our focus turns to the next academic year. In our annual education issue, we bring the latest news from keyboard faculties across the globe, examine the life and work of Heinrich Neuhaus and discover the importance of Braille sheet music (pp31-45). We also mark the start of the Southbank Centre’s next International Piano Series with a rare interview with Mitsuko Uchida, ahead of her October recital (p18).

Claire Jackson
Editor

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