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26-08-2014, 14:01
Category: Piano Pedia

Claudia Klinkenberg born in 1964 in Bonn, is a collector of keyboard instruments, pianist and harpsichordist based in South-west Germany.

As a musician, she confidently moves between many different styles; her musical and emotional range is far-reaching.

In her programs, she combines ancient music, classical, world music, jazz and pop.


She has performed in Bonn, Stuttgart (Mercedes-Benz-Museum), Karlsruhe (ZKM, Tollhaus, multiple times on the European Cultural Days festival), Münster (Westphalian State Museum), in the city of Bach Köthen (the famous Spiegelsaal, or Hall of Mirrors), Munich (BMW World), Milan, Paris (Festival of St. Cloud), Vienna (Bösendorfer Hall), Los Angeles, in a number of cities in India and in many other cities in Germany and around the world...



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12-08-2014, 10:38
Category: News

Chopin`s Pianinos and the Discovery of Their Secrets

On May 3, 2014, after the end of the Szymanowska Conference in Paris, I took a trip outside of Paris to the workshop of harpsichord maker and collector of Pleyel pianos, Oliver Fadini. I went with the renowned Chopin specialist, Prof. Halina Goldberg of Indiana University.  Our tour was arranged by Fadini's friend, music journalist at Radio France, Gilles Bencimon, a fervent lover of Chopin's music and the sound of historical pianos and pianinos...


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13-04-2014, 12:54
Category: News, Piano Pedia

One hundred and seventy-seven years ago,  on March 31, 1837, an unusual concert took place in Paris, pitting the pianistic skills of the two leading virtuosos of the time, Franz Liszt and Sigismond Thalberg. The contest was adjudged a draw.

Thalberg was a fine pianist according to contemporaries Mendelssohn, Hallé and Clara Schumann; even Chopin said that he ‘played excellently.’ There were inflammatory remarks in the press, rival concerts in the Conservatoire (Thalberg) and the Opéra  (Liszt) in March 1837 and this pianistic duel was the culmination.

Posterity has however heavily favored Liszt, with Thalberg a mere footnote in Romantic piano literature. If you’ll forgive the pun, it was a “Battle of the HANDS,” a digital confrontation of the two leading virtuoso pianists of the day, Thalberg and Liszt.

The concert took place at the Salon of the Princess Cristina Belgiojoso-Trivulzio, an Italian noblewoman who played a prominent part in Italy’s struggle for independence. She is also notable as a writer and journalist. She scored the social coup of the season at her Parisian salon close to the Madeleine. Ostensibly, it was the culmination of a three-day charity fundraiser in aid of Italian political refugees, but it REALLY was the artistic equivalent of a prize fight—the fists in question pummelling the piano keyboard.  Belgiojoso’s judgment was, “Thalberg is the greatest pianist, but there is only one Liszt.”...

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29-03-2014, 11:52
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Dieterich Buxtehude  ; (c. 1637/39 – 9 May 1707) was a Danish-German organist and composer of the Baroque period. His organ works represent a central part of the standard organ repertoire and are frequently performed at recitals and in church services. He composed in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental idioms, and his style strongly influenced many composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach. Today, Buxtehude is considered one of the most important composers in Germany of the mid-Baroque.



He is thought to have been born with the name Diderich Buxtehude. Scholars dispute both the year and country of his birth, although most now accept that he was born in 1637 in Helsingborg, Skåne, at the time part of Denmark (but now part of Sweden). His obituary stated that "he recognized Denmark as his native country, whence he came to our region; he lived about 70 years". Others, however, claim that he was born at Oldesloe in the Duchy of Holstein, which at that time was a part of the Danish Monarchy (but is now in Germany). Later in his life he Germanized his name and began signing documents Dieterich Buxtehude. Buxtehude was exposed to the organ at a young age, as his father, Johannes Buxtehude, was the organist at St. Olai church in Helsingør. Dieterich was employed as an organist, first in Helsingborg (1657–1658), and then at Helsingør (1660–1668). St. Mary’s in Helsingør is the only church where Buxtehude was employed that still has the organ in its original location...


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23-03-2014, 18:28
Category: Piano Pedia


Fabrice Eulry  (born September 4, 1962) is a French boogie-woogie pianist, very famous for his amazing performances that he manages to make both technical and humoristic.


Fabrice Eulry est un musicien et compositeur français né le 4 septembre 1962 dans le Tarn à Carmaux.
Après ses débuts au piano en 1972 il s'aperçoit rapidement qu'il est davantage un musicien d'oreille que d'écriture. Influencé dès les années soixante par la musique afro-américaine, sa musique très rythmée, conservera cependant toujours le pilier de la tradition européenne.


À partir de 1981 il devient pianiste professionnel, essentiellement soliste. Basé en province (Lille, Grenoble ou il fait son premier passage télé remarqué par FR3) puis il part pour la Nouvelle-Orléans en 1988 et 1989 puis ne donne plus de concert pendant un an, se retirant dans le massif central pour aiguiser son jeu pianistique et composer. Il entamera à partir de 1990 une carrière à Paris qui partie de peu, lui vaudra une notoriété croissante.


Remarqué en 1987 par des musiciens parisiens comme Carl Schlosser, avec qui il enregistrera un premier disque en 1991 qui leur vaudra le prix mainstream de l'académie du jazz, aidé par son éclectisme, qui lui vaut par ailleurs de nombreuses critiques de ses pairs, mais dont il profite pour mettre un pied dans tous les milieux musicaux très fractionnés, du musette aux folklores, en passant par la variété, les clubs de Jazz comme le Petit-journal et les établissements où l'on danse le rock'n roll et le swing comme le Slow-club1 ou le Caveau de la huchette, où les orchestres l'engagent dans un premier temps, et où à partir de 1993 il passera régulièrement pendant des années sous nom, avec son propre orchestre, Fabrice Eulry voit sa réputation se médiatiser...


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