Vanessa Benelli Mosell

Life lessons

The Italian prodigy Vanessa Benelli Mosell is only 30 years old, but has already amassed a string of successful albums to her name, covering repertoire from Haydn to Stockhausen and beyond. During the first decade of her career she received mentorship from several eminent artists, including Pascal Rogé, Yuri Bashmet and Stockhausen himself – experiences that left an indelible mark on her artistry. Owen Mortimer met this fascinating and dynamic young pianist in London, where she is soon to make her UK concerto debut.

Personal touch

Alice Sara Ott introduces her new album, Nightfall, a highly personal musical exploration of the mysterious interplay of light and shadow, eloquently expressed in the music of Ravel, Debussy and Satie

Striking differences

What insights can a harpsichordist offer to pianists who love playing Bach? Colin Booth explains why performing on keyboards for which Bach wrote gives a clearer and often unexpectedly liberating understanding of the composer’s intentions

Polonaise in B-flat major Op 71 No 2

Period charms

Stephen Wigler talks to pianist and jury member Dang Thai Son about the inaugural International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments, in which contestants will be encouraged to explore their approach to performing Chopin based on the touch and sonority of pianos of the Romantic era.