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Champion Plays Ravinia

DenisMatsuevCollage

He calls Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin “a big friend of mine.” His heroes are Vladimir Horowitz and star hockey center Sergei Fedorov. Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, who has “epic technique” according to the Boston Globe, is not shy about talking sports. In a 2009 Impromptu, he told WFMT that as a youth in Siberia, he could hardly be kept indoors. He played either soccer or ice hockey “about seven hours a day. Music was second.” Speaking with a gentle Russian growl, he laughs

Coming to Ravinia, WFMT

Alain Lefevre

Whet your appetite for an evening at Ravinia by listening to WFMT. Thursday at 3:00 pm, Kerry Frumkin hosts music and conversation with Canadian pianist Alain Lefèvre. Lefèvre is in town to play a recital at Ravinia, which will be preceded by a a film screening of “The Lady in Number 6″

Grant Park Soloist: “Ice pack, please”

Natasha Paremski, c. Andrea Joynt

The Grant Park Music Festival welcomes Russian-American pianist Natasha Paremski for Wednesday’s season opener. She joins Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra for a piece she jokes about on her Facebook page: “deliriously fast

Rudolf Buchbinder with the CSO

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder

At the age of 5, Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder set the record for being the youngest student ever admitted to the Vienna Musik Hochschule. Early in his career, he recorded all the Beethoven sonatas and piano concertos; recently he recorded them all again—the concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic

Pianos and Emanuel Ax in Public Spaces

This week some lucky museum visitors got a little bonus. Emanuel Ax toured the Pianos in Public Spaces placed around town by the Chicago Symphony in honor of the Keys to the City Festival. Listen to what some in the audience had to say. Visit the CSO’s website to find a piano near you. click more…

Pianos on Parade

I can’t tell you how many tourists said to me, “What an amazing thing: pianos just sitting out where people can play on them.” And that’s the general idea of Pianos in Public Spaces. People of every level are finding their inner Horowitz (or should we say “Ax”) and just sitting down to play. The more…