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For the Record – with Alexander Gavrylyuk #2

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For this month’s “For the Record”, I had the pleasure of sitting down to talk music with concert pianist and a dear friend of Theme & Variations – Alexander Gavrylyuk or as we affectionately call him, Sasha.   Following on from our interview with him last time where he talked about his favourite CD – … Continue reading

Sound Test – Steinway Model B #508587 (1988)

  Welcome to our very first sound test! We kick our series off with a very special Steinway Model B from 1988. Our friend from the Sydney University Piano Society was kind enough to lend us his $3000 Neumann TLM103 microphones and take the piano for a jazzy test drive. This piano has what can … Continue reading

Q&A with Nobuyuki Tsujii

“He was absolutely miraculous. His performance had the power of a healing service. It was truly divine.” – Van Cliburn Being born blind has certainly not hindered Nobuyuki Tsujii’s journey to become one of the world’s most promising pianists. Taking the gold medal in the 2009 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Tsujii formidable technique and incredible … Continue reading

Q&A with Avan Yu

This editions Q&A is with jet-setting concert pianist and Sydney International Piano Competition winner, Avan Yu.   What would you say is the most rewarding thing about being a concert pianist?   The most rewarding thing about being a concert pianist for me, is that my profession is also my passion.   When did you … Continue reading

For the Record – With John Luxton

  Pianist, John Luxton on Fauré…   Jean-Phillipe Collard has recorded the complete works of Gabriel Fauré released on 23/03/2010 by Brilliant Classics.   A Frenchman performing the music of a French composer? What could be more desirable, perfect… especially if the Frenchman is Jean-Phillipe Collard and the composer Gabriel Fauré.   Collard proves himself … Continue reading

Q&A with Arnan Wiesel

                          This week Andrew Rumsey got to catch up with pianist and educator, Arnan Wiesel.  Distinguished performer and associate artist, Arnan will be featured in the upcoming Canberra International Music Festival in May (1st – 10th).     Arnan, you have had a … Continue reading

For the Record with Nicholas Kennedy

Rising star, Nicholas Kennedy, on Beethoven…                             “When I was asked to write this piece, I must admit that I initially felt rather nervous. Picking one “best” or “favourite” in any art is always a tough gig, not least because the decider’s … Continue reading

Q&A with Gabriella Pusner


This week Andrew sat down with Gabriella Pusner to discuss her many years as an educator and performer.  She has had an extensive performing career, has competed in international piano competitions in Japan, Belgium, New York and Geneva and has trained talented students at the Sydney Conservatorium, Newcastle University and the Australian Institute of Music. … Continue reading

For the Record With James Huntingford

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James, on Mozart…   I have chosen to speak praise about the multi-volume Keyboard Music of Mozart, as performed by South-African Australian keyboard virtuoso Kristian Bezuidenhout (b.1979), the first seven volumes of which have been released on the Harmonia Mundi label (more to come!). A player of both modern and historic keyboard instruments, Bezuidenhout has … Continue reading

For the Record with Nicholas Young

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Written by Nicholas Young, 26 February 2015   It’s difficult to choose a single recording when we are spoilt with such a wealth of amazing recordings over the past century, but one in particular holds a special place in my heart. It is a CD by British pianist Joanna MacGregor entitled Play, released by Enja … Continue reading

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