Silver celebration

This is a landmark issue of International Piano marking 25 years since the magazine’s launch in Autumn 1997, which I hope you’ll agree is cause for celebration! It’s prompted me to dust o˜ our extensive archive and delve deep into past editions, bringing some of our best coverage into the light for another airing. In the pages that follow you’ll ÿnd exclusive interviews with Claudio Arrau, Alfred Brendel and Stephen Hough, as well as an excerpt from a book of conversations with Sviatoslav Richter that marked the passing of this great artist on 1 August 1997 – just as International Piano was being born.

Looking back through our archive has also provided an opportunity to take stock of how the piano world has changed over the past quarter century. Back then the internet was in its infancy, so magazines were a vital source of information now readily available online. For example, every article used to be accompanied by a detailed list of catalogue numbers, which seems touch of a button. rather quaint now most recordings can be streamed at the

I’m also struck by the ÿrst issue’s almost exclusive focus on male pianists. Nowadays, this would rightly be regarded as unacceptable given the rise in numbers of top-˛ight female pianists. And yet – as Vincent Lenti points out in his excellent article examining why more women pianists don’t win major competitions (page 25) – the music world has yet to fully rectify this historical imbalance.

As the sixth editor of International Piano, I would like to pay tribute to my predecessors whose hard work established the magazine’s reputation as the leading specialist title of its kind: Harriet Smith, Julian Haylock,

Maggie Williams, Chloe Cutts and Claire Jackson. ˝e archival articles published in this issue re˛ect the magazine’s changing face under their leadership. Meanwhile, it’s good to see how many of our contributors have stuck with the magazine through the years. Names that appeared in our ÿrst edition and will still be familiar to readers include Jed Distler, Bryce Morrison, Ate¸s Orga and Charles Timbrell.

Lastly, a big thank you to all our subscribers, whether you are a long-time supporter or joined us recently. Your engagement is hugely appreciated and I hope you will continue to enjoy International Piano for many years to come!

Owen Mortimer, Editor

International Piano oŁers a rich mix of inspiration and guidance to pianists and piano fans around the world, from dedicated amateurs and students to professional pianists, teachers and aŁcionados.

Celebrating the piano in all its forms, including the fortepiano and digital keyboards, each edition of our magazine is packed with interviews, features, news and reviews showcasing the top artists of today and yesteryear. Practical advice for players runs the gamut from articles on technique and repertoire to learning resources and study courses, plus the latest developments in piano technology.

Our goal is to draw together the fascinating strands that make the piano such a popular instrument, enhancing every reader’s knowledge and supporting those who strive to master its challenges.





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