Winner of the 1st Chopin Competition on Period Instruments, Tomasz Ritter sweeps the cobwebs away from fortepianos of the Romantic era with a unique perspective that leaves audiences spellbound. Eva Doroszkowska meets him after a recital in Berlin
The Einaudi effect
Do you bridle when crossover hits are listed alongside the great classics? Claire Jackson argues that while Einaudi will never compete with Wagner, it’s possible to like both
A new recording of late Beethoven from Steven Osborne is testimony to the pianist’s organic approach to great classics. He talks to Susan Nickalls about leaving behind a search for perfection in favour of spontaneity and vivid expression
Michael Johnson introduces the Cliburn Camp, a festival for talented young pianists in Dallas, Texas
American pianist Emanuel Ax has a reputation for being blithely happy, a quality that infuses his wide-ranging discography, yet lately he is learning to exult in grumpiness. Benjamin Ivry salutes a stoic comedian of the keyboard as he turns 70 this month
Upholding a tradition of Russian Romanticism that stretches back to Anton Rubinstein and Liszt, Nelly Akopian-Tamarina was fêted in her native Moscow until she was effaced from public life by the Kremlin, an exile that lasted for 25 years. As she returns to London for a Queen Elizabeth Hall recital of German Romantics, Ateş Orga speaks to her about a life well lived
Colin Clarke explores some notable YouTube recordings of Rachmaninov’s Prelude Op 3/2
Less is more
Murray McLachlan is bowled over by Kawai’s new AURES hybrid piano range.
A pianist who is difficult to categorise, Myra Melford is fascinated by a wide range of musical styles, all of which feed into her playing. Andy Hamilton reports.
Nelson Goerner says historic recordings open new horizons and provide inspiration