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30-11-2012, 16:14
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Aleksander Michałowski Aleksander Michałowski(b. 17 May 1851, Kamieniec Podolski; d. Warsaw, 1938) was a Polish pianist, pedagogue and composer who in addition to his own immense technique, had a profound influence upon the teaching of pianoforte technique, especially in relation to the works of Chopin and J S Bach, and left this legacy among a large number of pupils.

From 1867, at the age of 16, Michałowski studied at Leipzig Conservatory as a pupil of Ignaz Moscheles, Carl Reinecke and Theodor Coccius. Coccius was his greatest influence, and he was industrious, often practising for 10 hours a day. In 1869 he went to Berlin and studied under Carl Tausig. (Tausig attempted to make him adopt a very high finger position, which nearly ruined his technique.) He moved to Warsaw, where he settled permanently, in 1870.
At about this time he made the friendship of Carl Mikuli (1821-1897), who had received lessons from Chopin between 1844 and 1848, and was head of the Lviv Conservatory. Mikuli imparted to him many of the composer's own ideas about the performance of his works; Michałowski also met Chopin's gifted pupil Princess Marcelina Czartoryska (née Radziwiłł), who played some mazurkas to him. Moscheles had also been a friend of Chopin's, and therefore Michałowski obtained a rich understanding of Chopin's pianistic thought and performance.

He was familiar with all Chopin's works, and devoted a lifetime to their study. In performance, he occasionally altered the musical text, and transcribed some in the manner of Moriz Rosenthal...

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29-11-2012, 23:33
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Andreas Boyde Andreas Boyde(born 13 November 1967) is a German pianist.

Andreas Boyde was born in Oschatz, Saxony.
He has appeared in recital as well as soloist with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Hallé Orchestra Manchester, the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, the Dresdner Sinfoniker, the London Mozart Players, and the Berliner Sinfonie Orchester.
Most recently the pianist completed a Brahms cycle on CD for OehmsClassics in co-production with Westdeutscher Rundfunk (German radio).

Andreas Boyde has participated in several international music festivals including the Beethovenfest Bonn, Prague Autumn and La Roque d’Anthéron Piano Festival. He enjoys a close association with German radio established by frequent broadcast recordings and productions.
The pianist gave the European première of Paul Schoenfield’s Piano Concerto Four Parables, as well as the first performance of John Pickard’s Piano Concerto, which is dedicated to him. Boyde’s reconstruction of the ‘Schubert’ Variations by Robert Schumann, now published by Hofmeister Leipzig, reveals his interest in musicological issues and was premièred in New York.

Andreas Boyde studied with Christa Holzweißig and Amadeus Webersinke in Dresden and subsequently with James Gibb at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His mentor and promoter Malcolm Frager also proved a major influence.
In addition to his many recordings for European radio and television, Boyde’s discography includes works by Brahms, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Mussorgsky, Ravel, Scriabin and Schoenfield.
Andreas Boyde entered the Book of Honour of his hometown Oschatz in 2012.

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28-11-2012, 18:07
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Jozef De Beenhouwer Jozef De Beenhouwer(Brasschaat, Belgium, March 26, 1948) is a Belgian (Flemish) pianist, music teacher and musicologist.

His first teacher, with whom he started at the age of five, was his paternal grandfather. Even as a child and adolescent, he became acquainted with a vast repertoire, and developed a special preference for music by Robert Schumann. In 1964 he began studying with Lode Backx, at first privately; later, after graduating from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as a pharmacist (1970), at the Queen Elisabeth College of Music at Waterloo, from which he graduated in 1974, and at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp, which granted him the “Hoger Diploma”, its highest degree, summa cum laude in 1975. Another major influence on Jozef De Beenhouwer was David Kimball, with whom he took private lessons in Florence between 1991 and 1998.

As a soloist, both in works for piano solo and in works with orchestra, he has played concerts and made radio and television recordings in many European countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Portugal, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Czech Republic, in South-Korea and in the United States.
He has accompanied singers like Ria Bollen, Nina Stemme, Robert Holl and Werner Van Mechelen. As a chamber musician he has played with Belgian musicians like the clarinetist Walter Boeykens, the pianist Daniel Blumenthal, the violinist Guido Deneve, the violist Leo Deneve, the cellist Edmond Baeyens, the Spiegel Quartet, as well as international partners like the violinists Ning Kam and Alexander Kramarov, the violist Hartmut Lindemann, the cellist Marien van Staalen and the Panocha Quartet. With Kees Hülsmann and Marien van Staalen he forms the Robert Schumann Trio.
For ten years (1986–1996) Jozef De Beenhouwer was an official accompanist at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition for violin and singing...

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28-11-2012, 17:40
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Nelly Nechama Ben-Or, also known as Nelly Ben-Or Clynes, was born in 1933 in Lwow in Poland.Nelly Ben-Or She is an international concert pianist and a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she has taught the piano and the Alexander Technique since 1975. She is also a Holocaust survivor.

Separated from the sister, who went into hiding and who found employment as a domestic servant, Ben-Or and her mother pretended to be Roman Catholics and travelled to Warsaw where the mother worked for a Christian family for a year as a maid. Having missed the last passenger train to Warsaw, the German Station master put them on a train reserved for German Army officers. The family in Warsaw paid for Ben-Or to have piano lessons along with their own daughter. Occasionally, when people suspected they were Jews, they would be forced to move on. but managed to escape. They were reunited with the sister after the War.
Ben-Or frequently gives talks about her experiences during the Holocaust.

A distinguished pianist, and a senior Alexander Technique teacher (in 1963 she became the first pianist to qualify as a teacher of the Alexander Technique), Ben-Or is internationally acknowledged as being the leading exponent of the application of the Alexander Technique to piano playing, in which field she has specialised for more than thirty-five years. She gives master classes on the technique to pianists in many countries throughout the world...

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26-11-2012, 21:18
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Meko-the name is synonymous Mekowith music-classical, rhythmic, contemporary, diverse, melodic, and, above all else, soulful.

Meko's first solo CD, The Journey, features original music ranging "from gentle melodies to pulse pounding rhythms, performed on the most ancient of musical instrument-the harp."

Meko's sophomore CD, the self-titled Meko, branches out and embraces several musical genres, languages and, for the first time, Meko himself on vocals. From the first track to the last the unique melodies, unforgettable hooks and haunting tunes will have listeners of all types swaying to the rhythms and singing along. Meko is "infectious and delicious music that satisfies the soul."

Meko has just completed his third CD, Christmas at the Castle, a gorgeous tapestry of traditional holiday music performed on Celtic Harp, Flute and Cello.

Meko began his musical career as a child...the protégé of a grandmother who was a concert pianist and an aunt who is a world-famous harpist, author and art historian.

This journey started as a toddler at the family piano and continued when, at 11 years of age, Meko took up the harp and began rigorous classical training. Years of sore fingers, tears of frustration and the joy of making music followed-and as much as Meko knew he loved the harp, he intuitively knew that the classical concert stage was not where his destiny lay. Shortly thereafter, Meko formed a band, wrote his first original songs, dabbled in vocals, and began performing on the electric harp...

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