What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Joseph Kubera

Joseph KuberaPhoto courtesy Ostrava Center for New Music I have had the blessing/curse of living through the 1960s and 70s, so I have a lot of the experimentalism of that era still in my ears: Cage, Lucier, Young, Ashley, Kagel, et al. The strength of a single idea could be as important as compositional skill. […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Aleck Karis

Aleck KarisPhoto by Christian Steiner The first thing that comes to mind is originality. I’m interested in pieces that give the sense that the composer has created his or her own individual sound-world. This is more important to me than the style, or “school” of composition. As for the musical materials: what is it that […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? David Holzman

David HolzmanPhoto courtesy Rosalie Calabrese Management For me, every new score holds the promise of challenge, discovery and fulfillment. That is why I have always found that the pleasure of receiving a new work (solicited or not) is diluted by the simultaneous receipt of a recorded version, whether a live performance or a computer simulation. […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Marc André Hamelin

Marc-André HamelinPhoto by Tina Foster It’s very hard for me to be specific about what I’m looking for in contemporary piano music, since I’m fundamentally very open to anything. Of course this doesn’t mean I like everything that comes my way; as a matter of fact I would say that my personal ‘filter’ has microscopically […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Judith Gordon

Judith GordonPhoto courtesy Collage New Music …is it any different than what i look/listen for in pieces of old piano music? a sense of necessity:      about the pitches,      about how the notes move from one to another,      about the articulation, dynamics, rhythm, structure, or (equally intriguing, sometimes) the lack thereof… some sense that the music […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Jonathan Faiman

Jonathan FaimanPhoto by Peter Schaaf I look for in a new piano piece what I look for in any new piece of music: a fresh slant to old ideas (especially harmonies and structure) or new ideas which are presented within a form that gives them ample speaking time while avoiding overstatement. Concerning the piano writing […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Lara Downes

Lara DownesPhoto by Neil Michael Axiom, courtesy Crossover Media I look for resonance in both a personal and a purely musical sense. What usually appeals to me is music that reflects some facet of my own musical personality: dramatic, funny, sexy, whatever. I’m always looking for music that really explores what the piano and the […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Anthony DeMare

Anthony De MarePhoto courtesy Bernstein Arti The first thing that has to appeal to me in any new piece of piano music is how effectively it will communicate and project to the listener from a variety of different perspectives. The sonic qualities of the instrument are so versatile and so vast in color and emotion […]