Interview with Wayne Marshall OBE

Kinderszenen: celebrity musician remembers his musical beginnings and childhood development

A new series of interviews with renowned musicians and composers in which they reflect on key experiences, influences and memories that had a significant impact on their future musical careers. Every musician is constantly on an artistic journey of discovery. Every day marks a new beginning- but the very first steps are crucial. This first interview brings fascinating insights into the early musical beginnings of that wonderfully vibrant, positive, and multi-talented internationally renowned musician Wayne Marshall. Read more >

Andrew Eales Interview

Andrew is one of the most versatile, energised, and talented figures in music education today. His superb blog Pianodao was launched in 2015 and continues to attract enormous interest, with an international following for its extensive range of articles and reviews. Ranked the number one piano education blog worldwide for three successive years, it is a bastion of support, insight and inspiration for piano teachers and players.  Read more >

Donald Thomson Interview

Scottish composer Donald Thomson: Edinburgh’s ebullient, energised enthusiast in conversation with Murray McLachlan.

Please forgive my over-alliterative heading for this piece on Donald, a wonderful individual who, though not strictly from Edinburgh (he actually lives in East Lothian!) most certainly exudes positive, ‘can do’ energy. Indeed, everything about Donald reflects on his sincerity and warmth. Here is a bubbling, vibrant, musician who may have only recently had compositions of his own published, but who has had a lifetime’s love of music from which to springboard creatively from.  Alongside his remarkably prolific productivity and compositional successes over the past decade, Donald has continued to work on all cylinders as a pianist, in music education, and also in publishing. His extraordinary multi-faceted energy and endeavours seem to make him three or four individuals in one! Read more >

Anna Heller Interview

Arguably Anna Heller has done more in recent times to promote and encourage new piano music than any other living pianist. Unquestionably highly regarded internationally for her extraordinary contribution to performance and for the promotion of contemporary composers, her sensitive musicality and nuanced playing have been universally admired and praised. Read more >

Alim Beisembayev Interview

Competitions part 5: Murray McLachlan interviews 2021 Leeds winner Alim Beisembayev.

Part 5: Current blog
Part 4: Coping with COVID >
Part 3: Coping with COVID conclusion >
Part 2: Smaller piano competitions >
Part 1: If piano competitions didn’t exist… > Read more >

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