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 […]

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 […]