Why Chopin Composed Fewer Works for Piano and Orchestra Than You Can Count on Your Two Hands

The majority of Chopin’s surviving works are for the piano. Surprisingly, however, the composer only left us with two piano concertos and a handful of other works for piano and orchestra. Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, who recorded Chopin: Works for Piano and Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon, reflected on these works and why Chopin didn’t write more of them. Expanding the …

Pianist Mary Sauer Retires from Chicago Symphony Orchestra After 57 Years of Service

Sauer began her long tenure with the CSO in 1959 when Music Director Fritz Reiner invited her to perform with the orchestra. During the 1967-68 season, Music Director Jean Martinon officially added her to the roster. She was named principal piano at the start of the 2000-01 season.

Leif Ove Andsnes on Becoming Beethoven, Brahms

“I just finished a four year Beethoven journey where I immersed myself in the music of this great composer, especially his five piano concertos,” says Andsnes. “I basically just played Beethoven for years.”

Why Pianist Hélène Grimaud Flooded the Park Avenue Armory with 122,000 Gallons of Water

Pianist Hélène Grimaud made a literal splash exploring water music at the Park Avenue Armory, New York during the 2014-15 season. She teamed with artist Douglas Gordon to flood the Armory’s 55,000 square foot Drill Hall with 122,000 gallons of water and played a set of water-inspired music for solo piano in the middle of the peaceful reflecting pool they …

Playlist: Your Top 10 Favorite Piano Concertos

We asked you to vote on your favorite piano concertos, which we have been counting down for two weeks along with works that might be new to you. Here are your top 10 favorite piano concertos revealed!

Get a Sneak Peek at Pianist Conrad Tao’s New Album

Chicago audiences will know pianist Conrad Tao from his time as Composer-in-Residence with Music in the Loft, and from WFMT’s airwaves.

How Gabriela Montero Uses the Piano for Political Protest

“I wrote Ex Patria in 2011 to honor the 19,336 victims of homicide that year in Venezuela.”

What If Nina Simone Had Been a Classical Pianist?

Before Nina Simone became one of America’s most iconic jazz musicians, she wanted to have a career as a classical pianist.