This section provides news and information about leading pianists and synth musicians.

Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table by Rick Wakeman
Get our occasional newsletter... We’ve just heard that Rick Wakeman is a headline act at next year’s Stone Free Festival (18/19 June 2016, O2 Arena, London). As part of the 12-hour-per-day multi-stage festival, Rick will be performing the album “The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of […]

Rick Wakeman to perform entire “King Arthur” album live at ...

Get our occasional newsletter... Utah-based band The Piano Guys have just released their latest self-made music video “Don’t You Worry Child (Khushnuma)”, featuring Indian vocalist Shweta Subram. It was filmed in “Little Sahara”, a desert sand dune in central Utah known for its soft white sand and beautiful Indian temple. […]

The Piano Guys “Don’t You Worry Child” sees most challenging ...

Get our occasional newsletter... The Las Vegas Review Journal has published a really interesting interview with Nick Rhodes, the keyboard/synth player in Duran Duran. Not only do we get a glimpse of some of his influences — including Kraftwerk, Wendy Carlos, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Bjork and Portishead — but […]

Nick Rhodes, Duran Duran synth man, talks analog and digital

Get our occasional newsletter... In crafting his latest release, The Bowie Variations, celebrated composer, pianist and session musician Mike Garson relied on the Yamaha Disklavier performance reproducing piano not only to unleash his creativity, but to singlehandedly compose and create works in ways previously unimaginable. According to Garson, The Bowie […]

Yamaha Disklavier used on Mike Garson’s Bowie Variations CD

Get our occasional newsletter... Next Saturday, 8th October, 7.30pm, Merseyside composer Alexandra Dariescu will premiere her new piano work Mesmerism at the Pacific Road Arts Centre in Birkenhead. Mesmerism was commissioned from Oxton-born composer, Emily Howard, by the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra (LMO), to celebrate the orchestra’s 60th anniversary year. Mark […]

Mesmerism: Alexandra Dariescu to premiere work in Merseyside

Get our occasional newsletter... If circuit bending is your thing, check out the three finalists at this year’s Moog Circuit Bending Challenge. Watch videos of Jeff Boynton, Daniel Baum and Dr Moonstien as they do some serious mods to a CX-500, Fujitone II and a ‘guitar sequencer thingumajig’. Continued below... Read […]

2nd Annual Moog Circuit Bending Challenge Finalists announced

Get our occasional newsletter... The Galactic Collective, an innovative re-imagining of the best of Erik Norlander‘s vast instrumental catalog, is scheduled to perform at the prestigious progressive rock festival RoSFest on Saturday, May 21st from 5-7pm with a very special guest appearance by symphonic rock icon Lana Lane. Norlander’s band […]

Lana Lane, The Bob Moog Foundation And The Wall Of ...

Get our occasional newsletter... Legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea recently took Yamaha’s newly launched AvantGrand N3 hybrid piano for a “test drive.” Initially skeptical about the world’s first stringless piano to feature the sound, touch and action of a concert grand, the 67-year-old jazz superstar was quickly won over. “My […]

Jazz legend Chick Corea endorses the Yamaha AvantGrand hybrid piano

Get our occasional newsletter... I’ve just read an interesting article over at the Naxos blog which talks about Bridge Music, an album by composer Joseph Bertolozzi. The composition features ten movements comprised of nothing but sounds recorded from the Mid-Hudson Bridge itself, including “Bridge Funk” and “Rivet Gun”. There’s also […]

Joseph Bertolozzi’s Bridge Music: is this one of the biggest ...

Get our occasional newsletter... There’s a fascinating article and video over at featuring classical cellist Zoe Keating. She uses her Apple MacBook Pro to record her cello, and then creates loops and layers based on that. Instead of trying to get fifty cellists together in one room, she is […]

Cello meets computer: Zoe Keating creates classical music with technology

Get our occasional newsletter... Superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang has been chosen as one of three official worldwide Ambassadors for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, alongside NBA player Yao Ming and the actor Jackie Chan. Lang Lang, the most popular contemporary classical musician in the world, will be involved in […]

Lang Lang chosen as worldwide ambassador to 2010 Shanghai World ...

Get our occasional newsletter... When the iPhone was first launched it didn’t immediately jump up and shout about its music creation credentials. Sure, it’s an iPod, but that’s really about playback of music — the closest I really expected it to get to music creation was by hooking two or […]

iPhone musician to play Wembley Stadium

Get our occasional newsletter... While there’s some element of improvisation (interpretation is probably a better word to describe it) in all performances of classical piano music, pianist Gabriela Montero takes this to a different level by taking requests from the audience and improvising her show. What might be sacrilege to […]

Classical piano improvisation is the order from Gabriela Montero

Get our occasional newsletter... Last month, Korg announced its annual lifetime achievement award, giving the accolade to two quite different keyboard musicians. Herbie Hancock: Jazz legend and innovator has been a musical innovator for his entire career. Not content to be pigeonholed as a traditionalist, Hancock has gained new exposure […]

Korg announces Lifetime Achievement Award 2009: Herbie Hancock and Keith ...

Get our occasional newsletter... As part of her endorsement of hair-care product Pantene, classically-trained pianist and TV celebrity Myleene Klass has created her own piano-based interpretation of Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic”. View a range of products by Myleene Klass at Amazon. Imagine the original track but played on a grand piano. […]

Myleene Klass creates classical piano version of Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic”

Get our occasional newsletter... Reports around the web that PJ Harvey is working on a new piano album. Though it’s not yet titled, we do know that it’ll be written entirely on the piano rather than the guitar. Release date? Sorry, don’t know. But hey, these little snippets are enough […]

PJ Harvey working on new piano album

Pianist and Bach specialist Edward Aldwell died on May 28 at 68, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. He died of injuries suffered when he was thrown from an all-terrain vehicle near his home in Westchester County, New York, on May 7, according to the paper. Get our occasional newsletter... Read article […]

Pianist Edward Aldwell Dies in Accident at 68