Piano Features (57) 10 of 23 Genres

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The piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731) of Italy. Cristofori was unsatisfied by the lack of control that musicians had over the volume level of the harpsichord. He is credited for switching out the plucking mechanism with a hammer to create the modern piano in around the year 1700.

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LEEDS piano performance contest (past winners – 14 videos): https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqptie5CKN1hiU87Jr-7OkV8nqKnatz3Q

World’s best pianists and keyboarder players (14 videos): https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqptie5CKN1ghTObwDrxDGFqEW2GsqoLU

57 Piano players featured in blog:

Dmitri Alexeev 1947-
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Alexeev, Dmitri (Russia). “Schumann Sonata No1” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/GO1ngWJqZAU) (RQ 8).

Naomi Aye 2008-
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Aye, Naomi (11 yrs old). From Cuba. “Bohemian Rhapsody” Post 37 (https://youtu.be/7KG5UQyx1dk) (RQ 7).

Alessio Bax 1977-
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Bax, Alessio (Italy). “Rachmaninoff Prelude in C Sharp” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/mluBSB1oUCA) (RQ 9).

Ricardo Castro 1864-1907
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Castro, Ricardo. A Mexican concert pianist and composer, considered the last romantic of the time. “Cello concert in C minor” (https://youtu.be/hfZQG6EW94s).

Bartolomeo Cristofori 1655-1731
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Christofori, Bartolomeo. Inventor of the “1st Piano 1700: Forte” Post 45. https://youtu.be/O2L5ZKIu4F4.

Federico Colli 1988-
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Colli, Federico (Italy). “Scarlatti 4 Sonatas” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/UX8xBU-aPbQ) (RQ 8).

Michael Dalberto 1955-
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Dalberto, Michael (France). “Faure: Nocturne No6” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/2JWoJCv9WvU) (RQ 8).

Keith Emerson 1944-2016
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Emerson, Keith (Band: Lake & Palmer). “Fanfare of the Common Man” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/c2zurZig4L8) (RQ 7).

Elena Garvin 1998-
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Gatcin, Elena (25 yrs old). She is from Mexico. “At Last” Post 37 (https://youtu.be/r4GaOZkO8lc) (RQ7).

Donald Gould
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Gould, Donald (was homeless). “Walk on Water” Post 50 (https://youtu.be/-aMJS6uNsX4) (RQ 7).

Helene Grimaud 1969-
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Grimaud, Helene. A French classical pianist and the founder of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York. “Brahams Concerto” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/306f3rWN10g) (RQ 8).

Sofia Gulyak 1979-
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Gulyak, Sofya (Russia). “La Valse” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/3O_R2EBs1_g) (RQ 9).

Hanna Han 1996-
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Han, Anna. From Mesa, AZ. “Bach French No2” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/QYIN6BqAE-g) (RQ 7).

Tigran Haumasyn 1987-
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Haimasyn, Tigran. (From Armenia). A jazz pianist.“Nairian Odyssey” (https://youtu.be/TuqmKqauw8g).

Herbie Hancock 1940-
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Hancock, Herbie. Jazz icon. “Just Around the Corner” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/RXHTBTXGf44) (RQ 10).

Ian Hobson 1952-
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Hobson, Ian (from the UK). “Prokofiev Sonata” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/2hB1lQMau7Q) (RQ 8).

Lllya Itin 1967-
Photo credit: Key Biscayne Piano Festival

Itin, Lllya (Russia). “Chopin Nocturne Op27” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/poBzZwmUBlU) (RQ 7).

Ethan Iverson 1973-
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Iverson, Ethan. “Carolina Shout” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/eM09yob0RFM) (RQ 8).

Billy Joel 1949-
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Joel, Billy. “Piano Man” Post 56 (https://youtu.be/gxEPV4kolz0) (RQ 10).

Elton John 1947-
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John, Elton. “Rocket Man” Post 56 (https://youtu.be/DtVBCG6ThDk) (RQ 10).

Johnny Johnson 1924-2005
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Johnson, Johnny. “Johnny’s Boogie” Post 19 (https://youtu.be/-1Dcc9DCJ0I) (RQ 9).

Sunwook Kim 1988-
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Kim, Sunwook (S. Korea). “Piano Concerto No1” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/x7IMUR4JeB8) (RQ 8).

Lang Lang 1982-
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Lang, Lang (from China). “Fur Elise” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/s71I_EWJk7I) (RQ 9).

Kate Liu 1994-
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Liu, Kate. From Chicago. “Beethoven’s Sonata No31” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/30QpoqPRQH8) (RQ 7).

Jon Lord 1941-2012
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Lord, Jon (band: Deep Purple) (from the UK). “Lazy” Post 45. (https://youtu.be/ANSUu5GwWOY) (RQ 8).

Louis Lortie 1959-
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Lortie, Louis (from Canada). “Piano Sonata No17” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/4gMBXfRs43M) (RQ 9).

Eric Lu – 1997
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Lu, Eric. “Preludes Op28” from Bedford, MA. Post 45 (https://youtu.be/-SyzafJTid8) (RQ 8).

Randy Lulu 1945-2022
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Lupu, Radu (from Romania). “Live in Bologna” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/BatjiA6VPWI) (RQ 7).

Carlos Lyra 1933-
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Lyra, Carlos. “Primavera” Post 48 (https://youtu.be/VnyTG_Pp3S4) (RQ 8).

Giselle MacKenzie 1927-2003
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MacKenzie, Gisele. “Hard to Get” (piano & vocal) Post 36 (https://youtu.be/dJa7PWoiAqM) (RQ 6).

Ashley Marina 2008-
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Marina, Ashley (11 yrs old) “You’ll Always Be My Hero” (original) Post 37 (https://youtu.be/KdWy8EvYBLA) (RQ 10).

Michael Mason
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Mason, Michael. Piano Covers (Aretha Franklin “Ain’t No Way”) Post 56 (https://youtu.be/H6hu183iwiA) (RQ 8).

Brad Mehldau 1970-
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Mehldau, Brad. “Concertgebouw Sessions” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/5NTmoL_vogQ) (RQ 8).

Martina Meola 2016-
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Meola, Martina (8 yrs old). From Chisinau, Moldova. Admitted into the Milan Conservatory! Bach – concerto in F minor. https://youtu.be/1WC5hc85j0Y.

Allegra Miles 2019
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Miles, Allegra (16 yrs old). From St. John’s, Virgin Islands. “Use Somebody” (keyboard) 37 (https://youtu.be/DFuopE6XhM8) (RQ 8).

Rafael Orozco 1954-1992
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Orozco, Rafael (Spain). “Chopin Etuds No1” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/TbKRRTHwM6M) ( RQ 6).

Thelonious Monk 1917-1982
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Monk, Thelonious. “Monk’s Dream” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/icFRHJ9VZaw) (RQ 9).

Ian Pace 1968-
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Pace, Ian (from the UK). “Maxim Rejection” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/pTR-kaQFmFg) (RQ 7).

Murray Perahia 1947-
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Perahia, Murray. From New York City. “Beethoven Moonlight Sonata” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/9kEB-0mu_ew) (RQ 6).

Oscar Peterson 1925-
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Peterson, Oscar. From Montreal, Canada. “If You Could See Me Now” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/tcCwKuJCm68) (RQ 9).

Artur Pizarro 1968-
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Pizarro, Artur (from Portugal). “Rachmaninoff Prelude Op23” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/aIPFpiFADZ8) (RQ 8).

Michael Roll 1946-
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Roll, Michael (from the UK). “Stravinsky Concerto” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/aDEv28dnt7Q) (RQ 8).

Jordan Rudess 1956-
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Rudess, Jordan. From Great Neck, NY. Band: Dream Theatre. “Miami Vice Theme” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/aJpIQ3dituE) (RQ 6).

Leon Russell 1942-2016
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Russell, Leon. Sixty year career. Numerous best-selling records.“Tight Rope” Post 56 (https://youtu.be/d2Z9qN8R9Bg) (RQ 10).

Dimitris Sgouros 1969
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Sgouros, Dimitris (from Greece). “Liszt-Etudes” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/9XqzDwuDaiQ) (RQ 7).

Anti Siirala 1979-
Photo credit: Allegro Viva

Siirala, Antti (from Finland). “Godowsky: Passacagua” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/f0nlJXooIVc) (RQ 7).

Huey Smith 1934-
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Smith, Huey. From New Orleans. “Rockin Pneumonia” Post 15 (https://youtu.be/KKjhLq4NXIE) (RQ 8).

Barrett Strong 1941-2023
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Strong, Barrett. “Money (1959)” Post 56 (https://youtu.be/bNND0AvhnyQ) (RQ 8),

Art Tatum 1909-1956
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Tatum, Art. “Best of” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/IZERfh28Od0) (RQ 9).

Harry Tierney 1890-1965
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Tierney, Harry. “Austin Black Canary Rag (1911)” Post 56 (https://youtu.be/zbPr0qoxdRI) (RQ 9).

Allen Toussaint 1938-2015
Photo credit: SF Jazz Center

Toussaint, Allen. “Southern Nights” Post 56 (https://youtu.be/oGAFOz5GA8I) (RQ 9).

Anna Tsybeleva 1990-
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Tsybeleva, Anna (from the Ukraine). “Beethoven Sonata No3” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/SpJpzqBxt48) (RQ 9).

Rick Wakeman 1949-
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Wakeman, Rick (Yes Band). “Unnamed Solo” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/05k8DgEXZXM) (RQ 8).

Percy Wenrich 1987-1952
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Wenrich, Percy. “Peaches and Cream (1905)” Post 56 (https://youtu.be/ohbuD2Aid9g) (RQ 8).

Matthew Whitaker 2001-
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Whitaker, Matthew (blind) from Hackensack, NJ. Live Session Jazz FM 45 (https://youtu.be/Ir6zixUUo7g) (RQ 8).

Roger Williams 1924-2011
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Williams, Roger. “Autumn Leaves” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/88Js16yeHl4) (RQ 10+).

Yoga Wong 1987-
Photo credit: Los Angeles Times

Wong, Yuja (China). “Shubert-Liszt” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/6Ypx9fH-OHk) (RQ 8).

Bernie Worrell 1944-2016
Photo credit: WNYC

Worrell, Bernie. “Moog Sub Phatty” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/tK_tRgnCIWo) (RQ 6).

Richard Wright 1943-2008
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Wright, Richard (Band: Pink Floyd). From Hatch End, UK. “Fat Old Son” Post 45 (https://youtu.be/xOx03KOi4W4) (RQ 8).