Pianist

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It was the summer of 1934. At his villa in Switzerland near Lake Lucerne, Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 comprised of 24 variations. The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski, premiered the work in November, 1934 with Rachmaninoff himself as soloist in Baltimore. It was an immediate success.

Hear selections from two Beethoven sonatas recorded live from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio. Host Kevin Gordon welcomed pianist Xun Pan and violinist Simon Maurer on September 18th.


Do you love the music of J.S. Bach? Yes? Then here's a chance to listen to his Brandenburg Concertos in a way you’ve probably never heard before. Pianist Eleonor Bindman, praised by The New York Times for her “impressive clarity of purpose and a full grasp of the music’s spirit,” performs selections from her impressive piano 4-hand arrangement of the Brandenburg Concertos with host Debra Lew Harder. 

Praised by the press for her "majestic originality of vision," (The Independent) and "unpretentious elegance" (The New Yorker), pianist Simone Dinnerstein has charted her professional path with passion and creativity. Here she performs live on the radio and chats with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Alexander Bui was described in 2010 by America's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan as "the most naturally talented person" they'd heard all year.  Now embarking on a solo career, the pianist performed LIVE from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio and chatted with WRTI's Susan Lewis on Tuesday, July 17th.

Andrew Eccles

Jean-Yves Thibaudet has made a name for himself on the global classical music scene as a concert pianist with artistry and flare. He’ll be adding that panache to upcoming performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety," in Hamburg, Vienna, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem when he travels with the Philadelphia Orchestra on its tour of Europe and Israel.


Thinking about the legacy of jazz pianist Bill Evans, you might be surprised to know that some cool cats named Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, and—especially—Johann Sebastian Bach helped shape his sound.

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Listen to a live performance, recorded on Friday, March 9, featuring the young American pianist Henry Kramer performing works by Robert Schumann and Maurice Ravel. A Maine native, Henry’s playing has been lauded as “triumphant” and “thrilling” by The New York Times. 

Our celebration of the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos concludes on Monday, March 5th with a live in-studio performance by the Russian-born pianist Igor Resnianski. Kevin Gordon is host.

Our celebration of the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos continues on Thursday, March 1 at 12:10 pm when Ching-Yun Hu plays four works by Sergei Rachmaninoff LIVE from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio. WRTI’s Kevin Gordon is host. 

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