Tokyo is bringing the house down with their new Steinway showroom!
A fantastic new music shop has opened in Tokyo, and as well as selling beautiful instruments, the showroom in itself is a complete work of art. The whole shop is the Japanese flagship for piano giant, Steinway & Sons. The interior of the building has been designed to mimic the beauty of the piano, both in its finished state but also in the creative process of building the instruments. It also reflects the history of the world acclaimed company, where “clients can feel Steinway’s craftsmanship, philosophy, history, and the beauty of their instruments”, says Ogata Yoshiki who founded the studio.
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Today, Manchester’s music scene is graced with the pleasure of the utter nutcase that is Nigel Kennedy. In the classical music world this man has been causing a stir for years, and shows absolutely no signs of stopping. Undoubtedly one of the greatest violinists in the world, Kennedy has been performing on the world’s most acclaimed stages for decades and tonight is coming to Bridgewater Hall. The programme is to include the Four Seasons alongside some of his own compositions.
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Ever since the news of his untimely death earlier in the month, David Bowie has been floating around in the UK top 40 singles charts (as is normally the case when a British music icon passes away) and will probably continue to do so for the coming months. Bowie is currently holding places 30, 32, and 36, and is down eighteen, sixteen, and eighteen places. Unfortunately he has now been overtaken by the likes of One Direction and Bieber, but hopefully Bowie will stay in our charts a little longer.
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The internet has been going wild with the news that Justin Bieber has been playing ‘classical piano’. Although this is clearly an incredibly loose term being applied here, it appears that Bieber was indeed spotted playing (or at least, trying to play) Beethoven’s Fur Elise. Apparently the whole rendition was recognisable, but certainly not good.
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Farewell to the Starman
Yesterday, the music world was brought to a halt as we learned of the death of the original Starman, David Bowie. The rock God has inspired millions to go into the music career and has in fact inspired many of the other big names in the music industry today. Bowie was an inspiration to many, not just in the music industry, but also in the film world. His smash hit film Labyrinth will go down in history as being an eighties classic and there is absolutely no doubt that hundreds of thousands of Bowie fans spent last night huddled up in a blanket watching this iconic flick, fighting off the tears and fondly remembering the legend who has now passed into the stars, to once and for all become a Starman.
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As this holiday season draws to a close, have you contemplated what your new year’s resolution is? Perhaps you plan on starting the gym, or learning a new language. But, have you considered perhaps learning a new instrument?
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With the new release of the long awaited Star Wars film comes the latest hit from Player:Piano’s immensely successful Youtube channel. In this latest video we see and hear the legendary Sonya Belousova play a magnificent Star Wars medley just in time for the release of the new George Lucas masterpiece.
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Something you probably haven’t thought of when considering buying your new digital piano
is the quality of the key tops. While there are some great pianos out there with superb sound quality and feel, it’s always worth having a look to see what the key tops are made of. You will find that a lot of them are made from plastic. While you might not think this is a big issue, it does actually make more difference than you would think when playing.
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This year a digital piano
will make a brilliant gift for anyone, and you are still in plenty of time to order one in time for Christmas! The question is, where to start?! The whole process of buying an electric piano
can be very daunting (especially if you’re buying it for someone else, not yourself) if you’re not sure what to look for!!
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In this day and age so many children have access to technology it’s unbelievable what they are capable of! You will probably find that one in ten children who have either a smartphone or a tablet have a little digital piano app on which they can have a little play around at their own will. Most kids love playing on this kind of app as it is an excellent way for them to release creativity. If your child has been doing just this, then perhaps you should consider upgrading them to a keyboard, or a digital piano through which there will be no limits to their new found creativity.
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