Leading ladies: gender bias in piano competitions

Almost any piano teacher will say that the majority of their students are female, so where are all the women when it comes to handing out the glittering prizes at major music competitions?

Festival Focus: Piano City Lecce

With performances in ornate Baroque churches, private homes, a nature reserve and even a bus, Piano City Lecce showed how the piano can infiltrate every aspect of a city's culture

Lang Lang: a whole new world

Virtuoso arrangements of tunes from Disney movies are the focus of Lang Lang's latest album, which he hopes will offer younger listeners a way into classical music. Owen Mortimer reports

George Xiaoyuan Fu: eclectic reflections

George Xiaoyuan Fu explores resonances between the past and present in his debut album Mirrors, which juxtaposes Ravel with music by six later composers

Phantoms of the piano

How spooky is the piano? Benjamin Ivry ponders a new book that suggests the instrument invites paranormal experiences

Sviatoslav Richter: Russian revelations

Sviatoslav Richter offers some intimate insights into the music that inspired and challenged him, his relationship with audiences and penchant for practising at the 11th hour

Claudio Arrau: past master

Claudio Arrau recounts his memories of one of the most influential yet controversial musicians of the 20th century, composer-pianist Ferruccio Busoni

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