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An internationally-renown pianist returns soon to the Alamo City. I asked Eduardo Delgado about his upcoming appearance here. "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. He was here as a San Antonio International Piano Competition judge. “We had a wonderful time and we listened to wonderful talents,” said Delgado. Every three years the piano competition brings young talent together for a rigorous competition. On this...

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. "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." 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. “I am very...

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, revived her stalled career by uploading videos of herself playing Chopin to YouTube. After millions clicked, she landed a record deal. And Michael Nyman, the restlessly inventive British composer, is best known for his dozens of movie scores — chiefly the one he wrote for Jane Campion's Oscar-winning The Piano ...

Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz , 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. 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. Actually, the Gilmore isn't a competition. Named for a Kalamazoo, Mich. businessman and...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sBvZh_GI9A One of the world's oldest and most iconic piano makers, Pleyel, will close its factory doors in Paris at the end of 2013. The French press characterized the bankruptcy as inevitable in the face of cheaper competition from China. But many disagree: They say Pleyel could have survived by adapting better to the times. In his piano store, Bruno Canac, a former piano maker, tickles the ivories of a Pleyel piano conceived in the 1920s, when the company was...

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