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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsRr1syRXVM Ivan Moravec, a Czech pianist known for his lyrical and selfless approach to music, died Monday in a Prague hospital, according to a management representative, Linda Marder of CM Artists in New York. Moravec had been treated for pneumonia. He was 84. Although his repertoire was not vast — he stayed especially close to Mozart, Chopin and Debussy — and he never craved the limelight, Moravec was ranked among the greats of his generation. His...

Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein is just back from Havana, where she performed with Cuba's National Youth Orchestra. She is also working with young people back in her hometown, New York. One of her goals? To introduce students to the composer she's best known for performing — Johann Sebastian Bach . She's taking digital pianos into public schools in a program she calls "Bach-packing." Morning Edition host David Greene spoke to Dinnerstein about her trip, her methods for teaching kids...

A 17-year-old from Kazakhstan won the top $10,000 prize Sunday at the first-ever Cliburn International Junior Piano competition in Fort Worth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQvRDfPKYus The Van Cliburn Foundation is hosting its first international piano competition for young pianists — specifically 13 to 17-year-olds — beginning this weekend in Fort Worth, Tex. The main Van Cliburn International Competition, held every four years for adults, has helped launch professional careers. But with the new contest, which will be webcast live , a question has been raised: Are we putting too much pressure on young musicians too soon? When you...

Nathan Cone

Kenneth Thompson, executive director of Musical Arts Center of San Antonio , remembers the first time he heard Rhiannon Bishop play. It was at a recital featuring area students. “I was sitting there enjoying the concert, but when Rhiannon was performing, there was something that really reached through my ears and into my heart.” Bishop was “9 or 10 at the time,” she says. “After the recital I saw this very tall man with a booming voice walk up to my mom and me. He was impressed with how...

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