As a piano student, how many great concert pianists do you honestly know?
Most probably, your piano tutor has introduced you to lots of them, or at least, you might think you know a lot. Still, there have been many, many talented artists who not only played wonderfully this beguiling instrument but also composed music for it.
To know the biography of these musicians is not about being nosy, but to discover their background, to permit a deeper knowledge by learning their lives. This information brings us some context to their performance, helping us to understand more their artistic choices.
We will start with the famous Austrian composer, and probably one of the most renowned musicians of all history: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Most people know him just as a composer, and a genius, but he started as a performer!
The second on the list, and also one of the most important composers of the Romantic period is Ludwig Van Beethoven. He was portrayed by his father, a strict and violent man, as a child prodigy. His father even lied about his age by saying he was slightly younger than the age he truly had to gain the favour of the audience. Beethoven grew up to become one of the most precious geniuses of all times.
Other performers that are more contemporary and linked to the piano technique called “Scaramuzza technique” that WKMT offers in their studios are Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim and Bruno Gelber. They both share the same age and the fact that studied under the tutelage of the great Maestro, Vincenzo Scaramuzza.
Other pianists that contributed to the superb art of piano music were Schumann, Liszt, Chopin and Rachmaninoff (all composers as well) and we still have among us Yevgueni Kisin and Lang Lang.
The list goes further, but these are the main ones from the list that Iris Kreiman wrote about in her amazing article!