Slovenian-born pianist Zala Kravos was enrolled in a conservatoire by the age of six and has been making her mark ever since. Simon Mundy finds the teenager confidently assured yet self-critical as she prepares to tour the world
Keeping it real
Dawn Elizabeth Howells argues that while digital keyboards have their uses, a pianist still needs a piano.
Is digital recording just too squeaky clean and full of tricks? Charivari bangs the drum for more genuine performances
Credited with inspiring millions of children to take up the piano worldwide, celebrity pianist Lang Lang puts music education at the centre of his activity. He tells Claire Jackson why/
Ever since Saint-Saëns was seen playing the piano in a grainy moving image in 1914, pianists and composers have held a fascination for movie directors – with varying results. Jeremy Nicholas turns back the clock to open a new series on pianists at the pictures
André Previn was a multifaceted musician who brought improvisatory wit and self-confidence to everything he touched. Benjamin Ivry pays homage to an ever-evolving artist whose career as a pianist, conductor and composer spanned more than six decades
Robert Levin considers the incredible variety of dance forms that appear in Bach’s Six Partitas, and finds inspiration for his playing in a wealth of annotated manuscripts
British pianist Charles Owen explores Brahms’ Intermezzo in A major Op 118/2
Prelude No 4
Owen Mortimer introduces the latest self-playing piano from Steinway & Sons – SPIRIO.
Getting a grip
Katherine Butler assesses the effectiveness of compression grips for pianists – do they help or harm?
From early success with avant-garde populist trio The Bad Plus, Ethan Iverson has moved on to new partnerships and continues to push forward jazz in unexpected ways. Andy Hamilton reports
Benjamin Grosvenor recalls an early start on cello before the gift of a Dinu Lipatti disc set his future course.