by Columbus Music Schools on 02/24/15
Whether you’re just starting music lessons or are already an accomplished musician, there’s always something to learn from listening to artists who are masters of their instrument. For piano students, here are five suggestions for great pianists to listen to, emulate and be inspired by. Stay tuned for our top picks for masters of other instruments.
Rachmananoff died in 1943, but thanks to well-preserved recordings, you can still hear the playing of what many consider the greatest pianist of all time. Take a listen to this Prelude in C Sharp Minor – it is guaranteed to give you chills.
Pure joie de vivre (and incredible technique) come through loud and clear when you listen to this recording of Impromptu, Op. 66, Fantasie Impromtu in C Sharp Minor. Although Rubenstein was a natural prodigy, he also practiced intensely.
A true virtuoso, many of today’s greatest pianists still stand in awe of Horowitz’s talent. Here is a glimpse of the master in his prime, playing the Keyboard Sonata in G Major, K.55, L. 335, live at Carnegie Hall.
Known as a great conductor as well as a great pianist, Barenboem is widely admired as a musician’s musician. It’s hard to do better than to listen and watch him play Beethoven’s famous Sonata No 14 “Moonlight.”
The mantle of great pianist doesn’t belong only to the elder statesmen of the music world. This exciting young Englishman is barely 23 years old, and has been setting the musical world on fire for over a decade. Watch him play Chopin’s Nocturne in F Sharp here: