Sara Davis Buechner: “Music Is a Path to a Higher Reality, to a Very, Very Beautiful Place. My Whole Life I’ve Wanted to Be In That Place and I’ve Wanted to Take People There With Me”
Sara Davis Buechner is not only an outstanding pianist and superlative teacher but is also a voice of her generation with regard to transgender issues and rights. We sit down with Ms. Buechner for a lively discussion of her fascinating life, education, career, and experiences as a transgender woman in the world of classical music.
Rami Bar-Niv: “It Seems the Piano Chose Me, and That’s What I Did for the Rest of My Life”
Rami Bar-Niv is an active pianist, teacher, composer and author. In this interview, he discusses his beginnings in music, his new autobiography as well as his first book on piano fingerings, his Rhapsody piano camp for adults, his compositions, and his advice for young musicians.
Sergio Monteiro: “Teaching Has Become Such a Big Part of My Life. You Learn So Much Interacting With New Students”
Steinway Artist and Director of Piano Activities at the Wanda Bass School of Music, Oklahoma City University, Sergio Monteiro talks about his early successes as a soloist, his upcoming performances of the Beethoven Sonatas, and his love for teaching piano to the next generation.
Judith Jáuregui: “Perfectionism Is in Every Artist, Our Life Is Always About Getting Deeper and Trying To Be Better Every Day, Without Limits”
Judith Jáuregui graciously shares her thoughts and experience on passion in music, technique, and the joy of sharing music with others.
Ahmad Jamal: “Everything Depends on the Repertoire That One Possesses”
Legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal describes his musical roots in Pittsburgh, his monumental recording "At the Pershing", and talks about the future of jazz in the United States.
Alicia Torra de Larrocha: “My Father Was My Mother’s Greatest Admirer and Supported Her to Become a Concert Pianist”
We have had a delightful conversation at Piano Magazine with Alicia Torra, daughter of the famous pianist Alicia de Larrocha. The following interview features discussions about Alicia Torra’s mother — her professional life, the family balance for a female concert pianist in the ‘60s, anecdotes, and many other exciting topics.
Mari Kodama: “Even Seemingly Unbalanced Art Is Balanced Perfectly to Move Us. And Such Can Be Said for Performers. Pianists Should Aim to Have a Perfectly Balanced Triangle of the Mind, Heart, and Hands”
Mari Kodama is an international pianist and is highly regarded as a Beethoven interpreter. She is a Steinway Artist and serves as a music festival director for several national and international festivals. In this interview, Mari Kodama discusses her beginnings in Europe, her mentors and teaching philosophy, her unique repertoire choices, her passion for Beethoven, and several exciting projects on the horizon.
Paul Lewis: “The Energy That an Audience Gives to a Performance Is Unique; It’s Irreplaceable”
Concert pianist Paul Lewis shares his thoughts on the pandemic, the effects of Brexit on musicians in the UK, and the future of classical music.
Juan Pérez Floristán: “The Preparation for a Contest Should Be Almost More Psychological and Emotional Than Technical”
We interview Juan Pérez Floristán (Spain, 1993), winner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition 2021, who will leave you surprised by what he shares in this interview.
Jasmin Arawaka: “Find Our Mission as Musicians and Contribute to Society”
Jasmin Arakawa is Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Area Coordinator at the University of Florida, as well as Director of the UF International Piano Festival.
Kirill Gerstein: “So Many Wonderful Things That We Took for Granted Are Now Clearly Not to Be Taken for Granted at All”
Kirill Gerstein details some of his thoughts on commissioning new music, the influence recordings can have on interpretation, and his newest collaboration with mentor Ferenc Rados.
Julian Martin: “Even as a Teenager, I Was Already Subconsciously Putting Down My Own Roots as a Teacher”
In this interview, Professor of Piano at The Juilliard School Julian Martin reflects on his performance and teaching careers from a wide variety of experiences.