This section covers general news related to the world of piano, pianists, synths, electronic music, and musicians.

Winter NAMM 2019 logo
Roundup of product launches and news from Winter NAMM 2019: Get our occasional newsletter... Jump to a section: Instruments Acoustic Pianos Digital Pianos Keyboards Synths Organs Others Software Manufacturers Arturia Bösendorfer Casio Effigy Labs Korg Novation Roland Steinberg Yamaha Instruments Acoustic Pianos Yamaha showcases its TransAcoustic TA2 pianos, offering the […]

NAMM2019 roundup

Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table by Rick Wakeman
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). Get our occasional newsletter... 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 ...

M-Audio HDH50 headphones
M-Audio has shown off its HDH50 high definition headphones, offering great sound reproduction for monitoring and studio use. Get our occasional newsletter... Key features include: Studio-grade quality, tuning, and frequency response 50mm neodymium drivers provide critical audio detail Gunmetal aluminum and steel construction Closed-back design prevents sound from leaking in […]

M-Audio HDH50 high definition headphones

Just before NAMM13, Yamaha launched the Disklavier Network and now, just before NAMM14 the company has announced its Disklavier Education Network First Audition Programme. Get our occasional newsletter... The Disklavier concept is now 25 years old, and is used in many music schools and other educational establishments in order to […]

Yamaha Disklavier Education Network (DEN) launches

This year’s NAMM Show runs from January 23-26 in Anaheim, California. We’ll cover all the news from the show on this page. Get our occasional newsletter... Apps Casio Chordana Tap and Viewer iOS Apps Korg Gadget: 15 synths and drum machines on iPad Audio Korg DS-DAC-100 1-bit USB digital/analog converter […]

NAMM 2014

Sebastian Errazuriz's Piano Shelf
Leave aside the fact that I’m a bit peckish as I write this, and so these high design shelves remind me a little of Kit-Kat bars, Sebastian Errazuriz’s 1997 work has just come before my eyes. Get our occasional newsletter... The installation is of four shelves of perhaps eighty blocks […]

Piano Shelf from Sebastian Errazuriz

We’ve seen our fair share of expensively decorated grand pianos, including the world’s most expensive jewel-encrusted Kuhn-Bosendorfer and Baldwin’s Exotic Collection of acoustic pianos. Get our occasional newsletter... Now, a one-of-a-kind 24-carat gold leaf Fazioli grand piano is being displayed at Aberdeen Centre’s Showcase Pianos, and was last week played […]

24K gold leaf Fazioli piano displayed in Aberdeen, MD; played ...

Jurors selecting finalists for this year’s Cleveland International Piano Competition have selected the four semi-finalists who will advance to the final round and perform a piano concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. Get our occasional newsletter... They are: Francois Dumont, of France; Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, of Russia; Jiayan Sun, […]

Cleveland International Piano Competition 2013 finalists selected

Get our occasional newsletter... Do you remember the jewel-encrusted Kuhn-Bosendorfer grand piano we featured four years ago, with the speculation that it was the world’s most expensive? This exclusive limited edition grand piano has now concluded a round of limited concerts and showings and is being put on the open […]

Kuhn-Bosendorfer art case piano now available to buy… for just ...

Native Instruments has announced an updated TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 is now available, offering a compact decks/effects controller and an ideal partner for the TRAKTOR PRO. Get our occasional newsletter... The unit offers direct control over playback, browse, cue, sync and loop functionality, and now introduces a button for dedicated Flux […]

Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 launched

Sad to announce that we’ve read confirmation that jazz/R&B/fusion/funk keyboardist legend George Duke has passed away, aged 67. Get our occasional newsletter... Duke was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia but lost the battle yesterday (5th August), his record label Concord-Telarc confirmed. It follows a difficult year in which his […]

George Duke, jazz keyboard legend, dies aged 67

Italian footballer, Mario Balotelli, has supposedly been captured playing the Italian National Anthem (Il Canto degli Italiani) on a grand piano, while national team-mate Andrea Pirlo looks on. Get our occasional newsletter... It’s a pretty ruse, but take a look at the video below and you’ll quickly see that it’s […]

Mario Balotelli in fake piano-playing video

Fans of Neo-Soul Keys, from the Gospel Musicians, will be pleased to hear they’ve just launched two new electric pianos for the app. Get our occasional newsletter... Neo-Soul EX5 uses the synthesis technology from the Yamaha EX5 synth, sampled through the FDSP engine of the EX5 to simulate the modelled […]

Neo-Soul Keys gets two new electric pianos [iOS App]

Yamaha has announced a number of pianists who will perform at its sixth International Piano Series to be held at The Malvern Theatres in Worcestershire, England. Get our occasional newsletter... The series commences on 18th October with John Lill performing works by Haydn, Chopin, Beethoven and Brahms. The Malvern recital […]

Sixth Yamaha International Piano Series lineup confirmed

Get our occasional newsletter... TASCAM has announced the launch of its DA-3000 unit, an upgrade to the DV-RA1000HD. Key DA-3000 features include: Supports various media such as SDHC/CF(UDMA) and USB memory (*USB: for playback only) High sampling rates up to PCM 192kHz, DSD 5.6MHz High-quality OP-Amp (NE5532) Optimum condensers for […]

TASCAM DA-3000 high definition master recorder and AD/DA converter announced

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. Get our occasional newsletter... 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 ...

Yamaha has announced its new summer programme allowing both individual pianists and educational institutions the ability to either part-exchange or restore existing Yamaha acoustic and digital pianos, allowing them to get hold of new models or add value to current ones. Get our occasional newsletter... The Upgrade Bonus programme runs […]

Yamaha offers Upgrade Bonus PartEx programme for pianists and institutions