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 […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Mirian Conti

Mirian ContiPhoto courtesy Truckenbrod Concert Artists Is it so difficult to express your ideas and emotions as a composer through plain Music? To me, a good composition is like a good novel. First of all the language has to follow the rules of the proper, intelligent, and original use of words, so that when you […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Winston Choi

Winston ChoiPhoto by Guy Vivien First of all, I am looking for something that stimulates and challenges me intellectually, emotionally, and musically. Generally, my first impression (either from looking at a score, listening to a recording, or preferably, both) makes a tremendous influence on my opinion of a piece, but of course that can quickly […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Gloria Cheng

Gloria ChengPhoto by Christian Steiner The process of learning a new piece is like learning a new language, so I’m drawn to works that are set in a striking, imaginative, communicative idiom. Strong ideas, clear syntax, a vivid personality, drama, and structure are the elements that I enjoy shaping and responding to. A great piece […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Sarah Cahill

Sarah CahillPhoto by David Casteel First of all, it helps if a score is clearly legible. Then, I try to get a sense of its overall structure, both away from and at the piano. If it’s impenetrable or confused, I probably won’t play it. I’m also not interested in any score that’s unnecessarily complex, or […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Martha Braden

Martha BradenPhoto by Jay Palit What I look for from a pianist’s point of view is: …A new piece that might receive a world premiere, publication, repeated performances by other pianists, inclusion in masters programs, and perhaps—if merited—eventual archival preservation and research. This is encouraging to the patron who will commission the composer to make […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Michael Boriskin

Michael BoriskinPhoto by Richard Bowditch, courtesy Dworkin Eliason pARTners …In a word, life. An animating, energizing force… It matters less whether this is channeled through mental or physical gymnastics, or some sort of intellectual joust, or a shameless, hedonistic revelry. Style and idiom are secondary, too. I need something basic to connect with—something that engages […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Daniel Beliavsky

Daniel BeliavskyPhoto by Yuri Beliavsky I believe that successful contemporary piano music has metric and rhythmic vitality, harmonic novelty, melodic invention, but above all (and as a result of these factors combined), gives the player a dynamic and exciting performance experience. I will support this point by way of a short anecdote about Glenn Gould: […]