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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

Q & A with Ting Chia Hsu


Ting Chia Hsu was the 2014 recipient of the Emerging Artists award held in Sydney at our Willoughby showroom.  Here he chats with Anita Levy.   What does winning the 2014 Emerging Artists Award mean to you?   Firstly I would like to thank Theme and  Variations Piano Services for giving us, the young musicians … Continue reading

A Very Special Giveaway…

Theme & Variations Piano Services wishes you luck, tranquility and positive energy for Chinese New Year 2015!   To celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Sheep, Theme & Variations are offering a piece of musical history!  Five lucky customers who purchase any new Steinway & Sons piano between January 31st … Continue reading

For the Record with Andrew Rumsey

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To start 2015, Masters Piano Performance Graduate of the ANU School of Music and staff member at Theme & Variations Sydney, Andrew Rumsey gives a list of the top 12 most beautiful piano pieces (in his opinion). Continue reading

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