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



M-Audio HDH50 headphones
Get our occasional newsletter... M-Audio has shown off its HDH50 high definition headphones, offering great sound reproduction for monitoring and studio use. Key features include: Continued below... 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 […]

M-Audio HDH50 high definition headphones


M-Audio M-Track Quad
Get our occasional newsletter... Alongside their M-Track Eight comes a four track USB audio and MIDI interface from M-Audio. Features include: Continued below... Efficient desktop design offering up to 24-bit/96 kHz resolution 4 XLR+1/4? combo inputs accommodate any source Selectable phantom power and guitar-level switching 1/4” balanced outs; monitor (1, […]

M-Audio M-Track Quad revealed










Get our occasional newsletter... 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. Continued below... 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 […]

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Sebastian Errazuriz's Piano Shelf
Get our occasional newsletter... 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. The installation is of four shelves of perhaps eighty blocks […]

Piano Shelf from Sebastian Errazuriz








Get our occasional newsletter... 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. 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 ...






Get our occasional newsletter... 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. 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 ...




Get our occasional newsletter... 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. 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





Get our occasional newsletter... 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. 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


Get our occasional newsletter... 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. 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]












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... 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. The Upgrade Bonus programme runs […]

Yamaha offers Upgrade Bonus PartEx programme for pianists and institutions



Get our occasional newsletter... Yamaha has announced new models in its line of Disklavier E3 and E3PRO Series performance reproducing digital/acoustic grand pianos. These models combine the unrivalled touch, tone, elegance and style of traditional Yamaha acoustic pianos with cutting edge digital piano features that enable the instruments to play […]

Yamaha expands Disklavier E3 digital acoustic performance reproducing pianos [NAMM13]