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How did Beethoven become BEETHOVEN?

If you're a classical pianist of most any age it's a good bet your teachers from first to last have extolled the virtues of playing Beethoven, especially the sonatas. They are, along with J. S. Bach's Well-tempered Clavier, referred to as the pianist's bible. Whether you're preparing for a competition or your college audition, a [...]

INSIDE THE QUARTET

A lovely piece from the New York Times: Founded 40 years ago, the Kronos Quartet has broken the boundaries of what string quartets do, commissioning hundreds of new works that have brought jazz, tango, experimental and world music into the genre. The string quartet, based in San Francisco, has released 57 albums, sold more than [...]

EENY MEENY MINY MOE…How do YOU decide?

The New York Times posted an article yesterday called Beyond Ivy Walls: Why Colleges With a Distinct Focus Have a Hidden Advantage. It’s not about art schools per se, but it is familiar territory for young artists trying to choose the best schools for their futures. The article talks about a young man who applied [...]