The Great Pianists: Stories, Music & More is a ninety minute program consisting of a mix of both spoken word and excerpts from select recordings of pianists from the Golden Age of pianism (approx. 1875-1910). Stories featured are both humorous and poignant and commentary has been designed to gently guide listeners along a journey through the first generation of pianists for whom we have recordings. Piano Family Trees from some of the most prominent teachers of the nineteenth century are also featured.
The Great Pianists at Kitchener Public Library, November 2018. (Photo courtesy of KPL)
Designed for audiences of all ages, The Great Pianists: Stories, Music & More is now being presented at various public and private locations across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. This event has been booked by public libraries in Aurora, Brampton, Kitchener, Milton, Mississauga, and Vaughan as well as by private institutions. Presentations are also available for music schools and studio piano teachers. To schedule a presentation, please contact me by clicking here.
The Great Pianists at Milton Public Library, October 2018.
My reason for creating The Great Pianists: Stories, Music & More was to create a presentation that would give everyday listeners, in a relaxed and entertaining manner, the tools needed to appreciate and distinguish some of the traits characterizing Golden Age pianists from those of more recent times. Given that the "Stories" portion of the presentation comes from some rare and out-of-print books, the program also encourages listeners to read about the history of the piano and its great artists. The event is a little bit like a "piano campfire", listening to stories and traveling back in time by way of old recordings. As well, the five, large piano family trees that have been created specifically for the presentation, represent a kind of piano genealogy from which listeners can put into context, the past 150 years of classical piano-playing.
"Great presentation, very happy I attended. She has amazing knowledge about the history and biography of great pianists. Well prepared detailed entertaining presentation."
"Unique. Elevating. More please."
"Learned so much - thank you."
"Thank you for the amazing presentation!"
"Younger people should be encouraged to appreciate such music and past ages."
"I enjoyed the programme very much. You made the composers human."
Flyer from the first presentation of The Great Pianists at Mississauga Public Library, July 2018.