World Piano Day 2023
'On the piano you can play many lines at the same time, that can oppose each other or agree with each other.' With lively eyes, student Aiden Mikdad talks about his instrument and what makes it so special.
On the 88th day of the year, which is 29 March this year, we celebrate World Piano Day. Therefore, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam wants to put this versatile instrument in a new light, and to celebrate piano music in all its forms.
For this reason we asked 12 pianists, among which students, alumni and teachers to share their story and favourite music. The result is a musical registration that varies from romantic transcriptions to improvisation and contemporary repertoire. And all of this on our beautiful, new Steinway D grand piano.
Please find the footage below!
Illia Fialko - Paintings in sound: two Etudes-Tableaux by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Joy Shechter, River Adomeit (double bass) - Head In The Sand
Mathias Spee - Eclipse: Dutch piano music by Hans Henkemans (1913-1995) and by himself
Chris Muller, Ton Felices (double bass) & David Puime (drums) - Rachid by Michel Petrucciani
Aarón Ormaza Vera - The Piano in Latin America
Alexandra Kaptein - Songs without words: Franz Liszt's Piano Transcriptions of songs by Franz Schubert and Robert Franz.
Juan Pedro García Olivia - Living Legend: Piano pieces by György Kurtág
Aiden Mikdad - Virtuoso encores from the romantic repertoire.
Chaerin Im, Matteo Mazzù (bass) - 'Curiosity Killed The Cat'
Daan Oostdam & Shane van Neerden - Piano music of Nikolai Medtner (1879-1951)
Federica Lorusso - Milonga Gris by Carlos Aguirre
Xavi Torres - "opus 90 revisited", Torres Meets beethoven.