What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Marilyn Nonken

Marilyn NonkenPhoto by Richard Termine I’m most drawn to works exploring the extremes of body and mind. These pieces offer us a place where we can get involved with sounds, processes, and ideas that aren’t already part of our lives. Through them, we enter environments in which time, emotion, and logic, as we’re used to […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Lisa Moore

Lisa MoorePhoto by Belinda Webster In new piano music I look for a strong emotional connection to the work, for example: chills up my spine, tears to my eyes—that sort of thing! This connection one cannot just invent or compose, it stems from the inner talent, the instincts and life of the composer. It is […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Margaret Mills

Margaret Mills What I look for in a new piece of piano music is a strong sense of the dramatic coupled with lyricism. Years ago when I was researching American piano music at the American Music Center, I discovered the composers Ruth Schonthal and Miriam Gideon whose works displayed both of these qualities. I also […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Teresa McCollough

Teresa McColloughPhoto by Bob Adler I don’t think I’m looking for anything different in “new” piano music, than I would look for in the standard repertoire. I am interested in playing music that is challenging and engaging—both to me, and the listener. I try to choose works that create a balanced program—to reflect the broad […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Sara Laimon

Sara LaimonPhoto by Ron Gilfillan I love to be surprised by the music I play. Usually I approach a new piece without any set expectations and look forward to the process of discovering the voice of the composer. I’m not looking for a specific style—more accurately, I’m seeking a composition that reflects something personal from […]