Pianist


Thinking about the legacy of jazz pianist Bill Evans, you might be surprised to know that some cool cats named Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, and—especially—Johann Sebastian Bach helped shape his sound.

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Listen to a live performance, recorded on Friday, March 9, featuring the young American pianist Henry Kramer performing works by Robert Schumann and Maurice Ravel. A Maine native, Henry’s playing has been lauded as “triumphant” and “thrilling” by The New York Times.

Our celebration of the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos concludes on Monday, March 5th with a live in-studio performance by the Russian-born pianist Igor Resnianski. Kevin Gordon is host.

Our celebration of the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos continues on Thursday, March 1 at 12:10 pm when Ching-Yun Hu plays four works by Sergei Rachmaninoff LIVE from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio. WRTI’s Kevin Gordon is host.

Join us for the fifth live broadcast in our series celebrating the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos, featuring Steinway artist Charles Abramovic. WRTI's Kevin Gordon is host.

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Join us for the third live broadcast in our series celebrating the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos, featuring Steinway artist Meng-Chieh Liu on February 28th at 12:10 pm. Meng-Chieh plays Schumann’s Eintritt from Waldszenen, Messiaen’s “Le Baiser de l’enfant Jesus," and Rachmaninoff's Polka de W.R. WRTI's Kevin Gordon is host.

We’re celebrating the 165th anniversary of Steinway pianos with six LIVE broadcasts from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio by Steinway artists.  Our series takes off in style on Monday, February 26 at 12:10 pm with a performance by Eric Fung. WRTI’s Kevin Gordon is host.

It’s back to school time, and for some, back to music lessons. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, music education is a particular passion of international superstar, pianist Lang Lang. This year he's expanding his efforts to get music into Philadelphia schools. 

What are some exciting events that have happened in the month of August? In 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Southampton, England with 102 Pilgrims. In 1866, President Andrew Johnson declared the U.S. Civil War over, and in 1896, gold was first discovered in the Klondike. And in jazz history? Three of the most renowned pianists were born.

When WRTI Jazz Host Bob Perkins talks about one of his all-time favorite pianists, what does he call him?  The Wonderful Wizard of OZcar!  One of the great jazz pianists of all time, master of the keyboard Oscar Peterson, said he was intimidated by jazz pianist Art Tatum and admired Nat King Cole. But "O.P.," as his friends called him, was a magician who followed his own muse.

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