Steven Osborne

Tomasz Ritter

by Eva Doroszkowska

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

by Claire Jackson

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

Steven Osborne

by Susan Nickalls

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

Michael Johnson introduces the Cliburn Camp, a festival for talented young pianists in Dallas, Texas

Egalitarian virtuoso

by Benjamin Ivry

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

Ateş Orga

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

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.

Myra Melford

by Andy Hamilton

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

by Jeremy Nicholas

Nelson Goerner says historic recordings open new horizons and provide inspiration