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


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. 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 Korg DS-DAC-100m mobile digital/analog […]

NAMM 2014



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 of wood on each, […]

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. 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 by visiting pianist Evgenia […]

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. They are: Francois Dumont, of France; Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, of Russia; Jiayan Sun, of China; Stanislav Khristenko, […]

Cleveland International Piano Competition 2013 finalists selected



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 market. That is, the […]

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. The unit offers direct control over playback, browse, cue, sync and loop functionality, and now introduces a button for dedicated Flux mode access. 7-segment displays, […]

Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 launched





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 fake. While the guy […]

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. Neo-Soul EX5 uses the synthesis technology from the Yamaha EX5 synth, sampled through the FDSP engine of the EX5 to simulate the modelled expression of an EP […]

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











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 are […]

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. The Upgrade Bonus programme runs from August 2013 to […]

Yamaha offers Upgrade Bonus PartEx programme for pianists and institutions


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 themselves – with exact […]

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


Cables and connectors aren’t particularly exciting, but they are essential particularly in the evolving world of music making using tablet PCs such as the Apple iPad. To this end, Yamaha has introduced its i-UX1 MIDI interface cable that enables quick, easy, seamless connection between the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch and MIDI instruments. […]

Yamaha i-UX1 iOS to MIDI instrument connector [NAMM13]







Step Sequencer
Casio’s musical instrument department enters a new era as it announces the launch of two new professional music synthesisers. First up is the XW-G1 Groove Synthesiser, targeted specifically at DJs and club performers with its interactive step sequencer and sample looper. Key features of the 61-key XW-G1 synth are: 6 […]

Casio XW-G1 groove synthesiser and XW-P1 launched [NAMM12]


Korg Kaossilator 2 angled front view
Korg has updated its hugely popular Kaossilator with the arrival of the Kaossilator 2. Still sporting a vibrant yellow body (whether it comes in pink is another matter) it boasts a range of features including: Simple control with finger taps/slides on the integrated X-Y touchpad 150 built-in sounds cover every […]

Korg Kaossilator 2 bursts into life [NAMM12]





Bösendorfer Klimt Artist Series grand piano
Bösendorfer has announced its Model 200 SPGK “Klimt”, the first in a new line of “Artist Series” acoustic grand pianos. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. This new model features: The Klimt model will be limited to a maximum of 25 units […]

Bösendorfer creates first “Artist Series” piano [NAMM12]




Yamaha EZ-220 Lighted Keyboard
Yamaha has updated its EZ-200 lighted keyboard with the introduction of the EZ-220. Compare EZ-200 and EZ-220. It includes 100 preset songs designed to help beginners learn to play the keyboard. It features 392 built-in voices including realistic acoustic instruments including drums, plus synths and sound effects. There are 100 […]

Yamaha intros EZ-220 lighted keyboard [NAMM12]