piano http://tpr.org en Piano Master Eduardo Delgado Coming To The Alamo City http://tpr.org/post/piano-master-eduardo-delgado-coming-alamo-city <p>An internationally-renown pianist returns soon to the Alamo City. I asked Eduardo Delgado about his upcoming appearance here.</p><p>"Well I’m very excited about it because the first time I went to San Antonio I was a judge of the competition,” he said.</p><p>He was here as a San Antonio International Piano Competition judge. &nbsp;</p><p>“We had a wonderful time and we listened to wonderful talents,” said Delgado.</p><p>Every three years the piano competition brings young talent together for a rigorous competition. On this visit though, Delgado has a different focus.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:25:15 +0000 Jack Morgan 32037 at http://tpr.org Van Cliburn Gold Medal Winner Vadym Kholodenko Coming To San Antonio http://tpr.org/post/van-cliburn-gold-medal-winner-vadym-kholodenko-coming-san-antonio <p>Last year’s gold medal winner of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition was Vadym Kholodenko, and he's coming to San Antonio for a performance.</p><p>"I am very proud to be one of the Cliburn winners and this competition is very important, actually," Kholodenko said. "It stands as one of the four or five biggest competitions in the world."</p><p>Arts San Antonio is bringing Kholodenko to the Lila Cockrell Theater this Thursday, April 17. He’s playing solo, but he’ll also be doing some duets.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:10:44 +0000 Jack Morgan 30025 at http://tpr.org First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos' http://tpr.org/post/first-listen-valentina-lisitsa-chasing-pianos Music is an aural medium, but the two musicians represented on this album have careers defined, at least in part, by visuals. Valentina Lisitsa, the 44-year-old Ukrainian-born pianist, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/03/11/174018651/the-classical-pianist-with-55-million-youtube-hits" target="_blank">revived her stalled career</a> by uploading videos of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS_foc_NxI0" target="_blank">herself playing Chopin</a> to YouTube. After millions clicked, she landed a record deal. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:40:32 +0000 Tom Huizenga 29201 at http://tpr.org First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos' Cachet And Cash For Rafał Blechacz, Named 2014 Gilmore Artist http://tpr.org/post/cachet-and-cash-rafa-blechacz-named-2014-gilmore-artist Polish pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16051607/rafal-blechacz" target="_blank">Rafał Blechacz</a>, who at age 20 swept all five top prizes at the 2005 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, can now add another prestigious award to his collection. Early Wednesday, Blechacz was named the 2014 Gilmore Artist.<p>The Gilmore may not have quite the name recognition as the Chopin Competition, but it has a distinguished cachet of its own, plus a generous $300,000 cash award.<p>Actually, the Gilmore isn't a competition. Named for a Kalamazoo, Mich. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:35:51 +0000 Tom Huizenga 24769 at http://tpr.org Cachet And Cash For Rafał Blechacz, Named 2014 Gilmore Artist Chopin's Favorite Piano Factory Plays Its Final Chord http://tpr.org/post/chopins-favorite-piano-factory-plays-its-final-chord <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sBvZh_GI9A</p> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 17:28:18 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 24239 at http://tpr.org Chopin's Favorite Piano Factory Plays Its Final Chord New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come http://tpr.org/post/new-owner-promises-hand-made-steinways-years-come For 160 years, the pianos made by Steinway & Sons have been considered the finest in the world. So when hedge fund billionaire John Paulson recently bought the company, it struck fear in the hearts of musicians: Would the famously handcrafted pianos be changed, for the sake of efficiency? Paulson, who owns several Steinways himself, says nothing will change.<p>Great pianists need great pianos. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:34:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 23673 at http://tpr.org New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come San Antonio Musician Remembers Performing For JFK The Night Before He Was Killed http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-musician-remembers-performing-jfk-night-he-was-killed <p>On November 21, 1963, in Houston, Texas, President John F.Kennedy and his wife Jackie, along with Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, were entertained by San Antonio musicians. Fernando Herrera and other musicians gave the distinguished visitors a taste of Texas at the Crystal Ballroom in the Rice Hotel.</p><p>Herrera remembers the night well, and he had a great deal of interchange with the president himself.</p><p>"Much to my surprise, Kennedy was familiar with all the music because those Kennedys traveled all over the world. He knew my outfit," Herrera said.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:06:34 +0000 Jack Morgan 21914 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Musician Remembers Performing For JFK The Night Before He Was Killed In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made http://tpr.org/post/heat-foundry-steinway-piano-hearts-are-made The Steinway piano company has a new owner. This fall, the investment firm Paulson & Co. — led by billionaire John Paulson — spent about $500 million and bought all of Steinway & Sons, the venerated piano maker.<p>The deal includes a foundry in Springfield, Ohio, where the Steinway pianos are born in fire.<p>The O.S. Kelly Foundry has been making Steinway's plates since 1938. The plate is the cast-iron heart of a piano: It holds the steel wire strings with 40,000 pounds of tension, the company says. It allows vibrations to arise in a concert hall as music.<p>The plates are an old design. Sat, 09 Nov 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Noah Adams 21663 at http://tpr.org In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made San Antonio Symphony Presents Rach 2 At The Majestic http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-symphony-presents-rach-2-majestic <p>This week’s San Antonio Symphony performance at the Majestic Theater features the second Sergei Rachmaninoff piece of the new symphony season, Piano Concerto No. 2.</p><p>"At least in the top five of the most famous of piano concertos, or the most popular ever written," Lang-Lessing said.</p><p>The featured soloist is a highly regarded pianist originally from the Philippines.</p><p>"We are very, very lucky to have the wonderful Cecile Licad playing with us this weekend, and she’s really a wonderful artist," Lang-Lessing said.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:34:12 +0000 Jack Morgan 21350 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Symphony Presents Rach 2 At The Majestic Filjak Goes Solo This Weekend At St. Mark's Episcopal http://tpr.org/post/filjak-goes-solo-weekend-st-marks-episcopal <p></p><p>Internationally-known pianist Martina Filjak is performing in San Antonio tomorrow at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.</p><p>San Antonians have seen Filjak before -- she has performed with the San Antonio symphony -- but now she's back and this time she's going solo.</p><p>"I'm going to perform a range of works that are encompassing some [Antonio] Soler, but also Bach and Liszt, but also in the second part of the concert some Schumann piano sonatas," she said.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:09:45 +0000 Jack Morgan 18052 at http://tpr.org Filjak Goes Solo This Weekend At St. Mark's Episcopal