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Q&A with Alexander Yau

You have had a very big year of studying and performing – what would you say were some of the musical highlights of 2016?   My musical highlights of 2016 had been performing large amounts of repertoire and playing in very insightful master classes and making international contacts. In September, I performed and worked with … Continue reading

For the Record – with William Shi

La Campanella – Franz Liszt   I like to think that my favourite piece changes every week, depending on what repertoire I’m learning and what I’m listening to. But there is always one piece that sticks out in my mind, and that is Liszt’s La Campanella, recorded by Yundi Li on the Deutsche Grammophon label. … Continue reading

The 12 Pianos of Christmas…

And the countdown begins – 12 days away from Christmas is an exciting time, so we thought we would get in the spirit by doing our own 12 days-worth-of-pianos!   On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a fully restored 1901 Steinway & Sons Model A-188 Art Case Grand Piano!!! Ideal … Continue reading

Give the Gift of Music this Christmas…

                Finding the Perfect Piano!   Theme & Variations Piano Services has an extensive range of new and pre-owned upright and grand pianos available.  Whatever your needs and whatever your budget, we surely have something for you.  The piano specialists in Sydney for over 30 years, our expertise, knowledge … Continue reading

All in a Day’s (heavy) Work!

What many of us don’t realise, is that pianos are often quite heavy!  It sounds obvious when said aloud, but I’m sure many have asked themselves “how did they get a piano up there?”.  The truth of the matter is that just like in any other field, you need to find experts  with the experience … Continue reading

Ara OAM International Travel Diaries

  As dear friends of Theme & Variations would know over the years, Ara Vartoukian OAM can be hard to reach at times so we thought we should give you an update all the exciting adventures he has been up to.                             … Continue reading

Soundboard Special Edition – Congratulations Ara

                        It was in the eighties at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. I was teaching Italian diction at the Opera School and for a short period my classroom was transferred to the first floor, opposite a class from where strange piano noises were filtering … Continue reading

Artist of the Month – Piers Lane AO

  How acclaimed Australian pianist, Piers Lane AO does it, many of us will never know!  Performing in his most extensive Australian tour – Chopin by Candlelight, then immediately taking on the role of Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia as well as Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber … Continue reading

Q&A with Elisabeth Leonskaja

  In this edition of ‘Q&A‘, Andrew got to catch up with Grand Dame of the piano, Elisabeth Leonskaja.  A distinguished Soviet and Austrian pianist and teacher, she will be appear in her Australian debut with the ACO later this month!  At 11 she made her first orchestral appearance with Beethoven’s Concerto No.3 and at 13 she … Continue reading

For the Record – with Dan Le

For the Record

This edition of ‘For the Record’ was contributed by Australian pianist Dan Le.   Leon Fleisher was regarded one of the best pianists of the 20th century, undoubtedly because of his Carnegie Hall debut at 16 with the New York Philharmonic, his triumph at the Queen Elisabeth Competition and with his recordings with George Szell … Continue reading

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