To celebrate Bach's 334th birthday, on 21 March 2019, IT giant Google released its first AI-powered Doodle, which allows music lovers to input their custom melody. The software, created between Google Magenta and Google PAIR teams, then uses machine learning to harmonise the custom melody into Bach's signature music style.
This year 2019, we celebrate Bach’s 334th birthday on 21-24 March around the world. And in Singapore, Pianovers Meetup #115 will join in this celebration by having it JS Bach Themed on 24 March, and Pianovers are encouraged to play pieces by Bach.
Recently, Morley College in London was planning to put on an event celebrating International Women's Day when it unintentionally caused a public relations uproar. The college had produced a poster featuring a male pianist and no women performing on what was supposed to be a day celebrating women. Female activitists immediately took issue to this.
Wolfson pianist Churen Li, who is also a Singaporean, recently participated in the Cambridge University Music Society Concerto Competition, and has been awarded First Prize. She played the Piano Concerto No. 2, Op.18, I (1901) by Rachmaninov. During this performance, she was accompanied by fellow pianist Antonia Huang.
Oh, the wonders of music! What can we expect from 7-stacked pianos and a musical charity piano marathon? Endless moments of bliss. Find out about Conor Hughes's annual Crosscause Project fundraiser on St. Stephen’s Day in Ireland, and Steinway and Sons' piano marathon in Singapore.
Keys of Lights, held at Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park, is an interactive and captivating piano installation that encourages audience participation. Thanks to a built-in musical algorithm, visitors who play different notes on the grand piano will evoke visual images on the Lighthouse.
Eleven-year-old Jessie Meng Yi Rui Xue, emerged as the grand prize winner of 4th Steinway Youth Piano Competition (SYPC) this evening. Jessie is the youngest grand prize winner of the competition since its inaugural event in 2012. She topped eight other finalists aged between 9 and 16 years old at the competition which was held at School of The Arts Concert Hall. Jessie will represent Singapore at the Regional Finals of the competition in Taiwan.
More than 120 aspiring musicians came together today to play the piano for charity and made Singapore musical history with a new entry into the Singapore Book of Records.
Highly acclaimed Singaporean pianist and distinguished music educator, Benjamin Loh, has officially been conferred the title of Steinway Artist on 9 December 2016 by Steinway & Sons. Benjamin will now join the prestigious international roster with over 1,600 leading musicians and have access to the worldwide resources of Steinway & Sons and its exclusive network of dealers.
On the 27th of November 2016, 5.5km of roads in Singapore were closed to create a pedestrian-friendly precinct for a fun-filled Car-Free Sunday, an event usually held on the last Sunday of each month. Pianos which are usually placed at The URA Centre’s Piano Park were moved by Play It Forward Singapore to Chong Wen Ge (崇文阁) on Telok Ayer Street.
A talent from Singapore has joined the exalted ranks of Steinway's elite musicians. Mervyn Lee from Singapore, just 18 years old, is now officially a Young Steinway Artist. Mervyn will now join the prestigious list of artists on the Steinway & Sons Roster and in addition, enjoy access to the worldwide resources of Steinway & Sons and its exclusive network of dealers.
Our fellow Singaporean, Wang Huang Hao Jia, aged only 15 managed to clinch Third place in the Regional Finals while Dohyun Lee from South Korea and Chia-Ying Shen from Taiwan came in Second and First respectively. Being the winner of this Regional Finals, Chia-Ying Shen will go on to participate in the International Steinway Festival in Hamburg, Germany in September 2016.
One of the best-known musical events of the world, the renowned biennial International Steinway Festival, is now well underway with various countries concurrently running national-level auditions to determine their representatives for the International Steinway Festival 2016.
Bach in the Subways is a global movement dedicated to bringing Johann Strauss Bach’s classical compositions to the masses. It was started by Dale Henderson in 2010 in response to what he saw as a gradual decline of classical audiences in today’s music scene, where pop and electronic music rule the day.
Months of anticipation finally came to an end when Play Me, I’m Yours Singapore 2016 finally arrived. In Singapore, a total of 25 pianos were decorated by 25 artists working with 25 social organisations and are now located in 25 locations for 25 days. This event was launched on 13 March 2016 at OCBC Square at the Singapore Sports Hub, to much fanfare.
Play Me, I'm Yours, a piano-themed arts movement conceptualised by British artist Luke Jerram, is coming to Singapore this March 2016. Started in 2008 in Birmingham, it involves collecting pre-loved pianos, refurbishing them and installing them in public places for public access and entertainment, before moving them to charities that will benefit from the musical instruments.
Play It Forward Singapore is a community initiative started by three young Singaporeans with a cause. Combining their passion for piano-playing, the desire to bring music to the masses and a wish to help the underpriviledged, Jean Hair, Billy Soh and Lee Yan Chang embarked on a creative mission that also brings together musicians who now have opportunities to perform as well as artists who have an avenue to showcase their skills.
NUS Piano Ensemble Alumni Concert was held on 9 Jan 2016 at the NUS Centre For The Arts (CFA). Since its inauguration in December 2013, this annual concert, now running for the third year, has been a greatly-anticipated event among the seniors.
On 8 Dec 2015 11.30am, at the Steinway Gallery Singapore in Palais Renaissance, Orchard, Professor Yu Chun Yee, Nicole Tay, piano teachers, music school representatives, parents with their children, and other invited guests were present for the launch of the 3rd Steinway Youth Piano Competition 2016.
13 November 2015, Singapore — Young Steinway artist, Congyu Wang, returns to his hometown in Singapore for the last stop of his Asia Tour 2015, after performing in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. The classical pianist will be debuting his new CD release, Charme, which features works by the 20th century French composer, Francis Poulenc. Congyu Wang will be playing an evening recital at the Alliance Francaise and will perform pieces from Charme.
There's something special about walking past 2 pianos placed in the public where you can just sit down and start playing them. Because in Singapore, this is truly a rare sight. And I believe Play It Forward - SG could possibily be the first initiative that makes public playing piano in Singapore a reality. Awesome!
It's natural for many passionate and advanced level pianists to look for ways to improve themselves in piano techniques, and in acquiring a deeper understanding of the pieces they're playing. Attending masterclasses, recitals, and workshops is one such popular way, where it's really a good opportunity to hear and learn from someone skilled and experienced, and willing to share. So, when I heard of a Piano Workshop on 3 August 2015 on the topics of phrasing and using singing to help the pianist express better, I jumped at it!