Joy in Abundance: piaNYC Interview with Christina and Michelle Naughton

The identical twin performers spoke on the phone with piaNYC about their recent travels, their musical influences and approach, their upcoming New York performance, and more. The interview took place on Friday, August 5, 2016.

Piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton

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A Thrilling Revelation of Multiple Perspectives: Xiayin Wang at Kaye Playhouse

Xiayin Wang thrilled the audience at Kaye Playhouse on Friday, July 30 2016

Xiayin Wang thrilled the audience at Kaye Playhouse on Friday, July 30 2016

When Leopold Godowsky wrote of his sensational Berlin debut in 1900, he noted that every pianist and piano instructor in the city was in attendance. So it must be in New York, for a performer at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, a yearly two-week-long feast of classical keyboard musicianship and education held at Hunter College. This night, the penultimate to feature headlining performers at the Kaye Playhouse, Xiayin Wang pleased immensely both pianistic elite and ordinary classical music lover alike. Continue reading

Starting Monday, July 18: Free Master Classes at IKIF

Over the next two weeks, why not take the time and sit in on a free master class at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival!

Master Class with José Ramos Santana

Master instructors announced thus far include: Alexander Kobrin, Dmitry Rachmanov, Eduard Zilberkant, Emanuel Krasovsky, Geoffrey Burleson, Jeffrey Swann, Jerome Rose, José Ramos Santana (pictured above), Massimiliano Ferrati, Mykola Suk, Nina Lelchuk, Stanislav Khristenko and Victor Rosenbaum. The IKIF schedule is updated frequently, so check it for the latest classes.

Jon Weber Swings, at Piano in Bryant Park

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Jon Weber at Piano in Bryant Park

Jon Weber entertained Tuesday July 12 through Friday July 15, at Piano in Bryant Park

Jon Weber, just having arrived back in New York and direct from the airport, entertained young and old (and in-between) today as the featured performer at Piano in Bryant Park. On the bill were numbers from the American Songbook including by Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, Fats Waller (if my ear was right), whoever wrote Happy Birthday, and many more. What a swinging way to spend my lunchtime! Jon will be playing in the park Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 to 2:30, and Thursday from 2 to 4 with a sing-along.

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