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Winnie Su Masterclass – Key Takeaways and Learnings

Winnie Su Masterclass – Key Takeaways and Learnings  A few weeks ago, the distinguished recipient of the 2022 Sydney Eisteddfod Kawai Piano Scholarship, Winnie Su, gave a workshop delving into the theme of ‘Healthy Preparation for Happy Performing’, imparting invaluable advice garnered from her impressive career so far. Key points emerged

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Mastering the Music: Steps for Overcoming Musical Plateaus

7 Steps for Overcoming Musical Plateaus In the journey of mastering a musical piece, both students and teachers frequently encounter what is known as a plateau – a stage where despite continued effort, there seems to be no noticeable improvement. This can be particularly frustrating when preparing for performances or exams.

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World Piano Day 2024

What is Piano Day? Piano Day is a worldwide celebration of the piano that takes place on the 88th day of each year – 88 being the number of keys on a piano. Piano Day was founded by a group of like-minded people who are passionate about the piano and piano

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8 Focused Practice Strategies for Music Students

8 Focused Practice Strategies for Music Students (and Everyone Else) Sang Woo Kang, DMA, developed a unique eight-step program for his increasingly distracted students—and the results are music to his ears.   About the Author: Sang Woo Kang, DMA  Professor of Music, Providence College, Rhode Island, USA  Teaching Faculty, Brown University, Rhode Island,

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How to use Kawai’s PianoRemote App

Kawai’s PianoRemote App Kawai’s PianoRemote is our purpose built, multifunction app, which allows owners of supported Kawai digital and hybrid pianos to select a wide variety of piano and other instruments sounds. PianoRemote also gives you the ability to adjust numerous Virtual Technician parameters, and listen to a wide range of

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Benefits of children learning to play piano

When did humans start making music? In 2009, archaeologists excavating the Hohle Fels cave in south-west Germany uncovered a flute made from a griffon vulture’s wing-bone.  This delicate artifact is the oldest known musical instrument ever discovered and tells us that people have been making music for over 40,000 years (before

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How to beat piano performance nerves

How to beat piano performance nerves Andrew Rumsey is our resident AMEB examiner, professional concert pianist, and education specialist. Andrew has played on some of the most prestigious stages in the world (including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York) and has a wealth of performance experience to

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Shigeru Kawai at The Sydney international piano competition 2023

Kawai Australia’s role at The Sydney International Piano Competition Kawai Australia has been collaborating with The Sydney International Piano Competition for many years, as early as the 3rd competition in 1985, helping to ensure that the very best Shigeru Kawai concert grand pianos are provided for use in the competition. The piano used

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Make Music Day 2023

Make Music day is a celebration of music making. Wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever music you play. Australia celebrates Make Music Day, the international day of music making, on the 21st of June each year. Make Music Day started in France, and was originally called “Fete de la msuique”. 

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The Kawai 88 Keys Festival 27th to 28th May

 Kawai 88 Keys Festival The festival is comprised of four concerts across two days, Saturday 27th of May, and Sunday 28th of May. These festival performances will showcases virtuosic pianists, opening on Saturday with Elena Kats-Chernin and Tamara-Anna Cislowska performing an intimate selection of Elena’s works on two Shigeru Kawai grand

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Piers Lane Interview: Prolific Australian Musician

Piers Lane and The Sydney International Piano Competition About Piers Lane AO Piers is the Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition, and in fact, won ‘Best Australian Pianist’ in the first Sydney Competition in 2004. Piers has gone on the have a distinguished musical career, His concerto repertoire of 100 works has led to engagements

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Marcus Barker Interview

About Marcus Barker Marcus has worked in the arts sector for over 20 years in Australia, the UK and the Republic of Ireland with a number of leading companies and venues. Marcus is Chief Executive of The Sydney International Piano Competition. Marcus has a strong wealth of knowledge when it comes

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How Long Can A Piano Last? Tips to increase your piano’s lifespan

How long can a piano last?  Pianos are incredibly durable instruments. However, a piano, like everything, has a lifespan.  Pianos reach the end of their effective life as working parts wear out and develop problems that become expensive to fix or maintain.  Eventually, piano maintenance starts to overcapitalise on the value

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International Jazz Day 2023 Performance Australia

International Jazz Day Performance 2023 Kawai Australia is celebrating Jazz Day with a recorded live stream performance from the talented Katie Noonan. You can watch Katie’s International Jazz Day performance for free, on April 30th, at 7pm (AEDT). Simply follow the link below and click the blue “WATCH” button. Kawai Australia

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Épinal International Piano Competition 2023 Prize-winner interviews

Épinal International Piano Competition 2023   The 2023 International Piano Competition was held in Épinal, France from March 18th to 26th, and Kawai was honoured to have the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano selected as the official grand piano for the competition. The Épinal International Piano Competition takes place every

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The Future Of The Piano – Tim Topham Hybrid Piano Review

Music education expert Tim Topham shares his thoughts and insights on the hybrid piano. Tim Topham: Director of Top Music Co Just as hybrid cars offer drivers the best of both worlds… Fuel for internal combustion Electric power from battery generation, energy reabsorption and regeneration from braking, etc. Cheaper running costs

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Kawai Awards

Kawai Piano Awards Kawai is one of the most celebrated piano manufacturers in the world, revered as master piano crafters by the global music instrument industry. We have received over 50 major international awards, and many more additional awards. Below is an outline of just some of Kawai’s many piano Awards

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The new ES120 arrives in Australia and New Zealand

Kawai ES120 Portable Digital Piano Kawai’s plan to release the brand new ES120 portable digital piano was announced on June 1st 2022. The ES120 is the next generation successor to the extremely popular ES110 digital piano. Kawai Australia is delighted to share that the new ES120 has now arrived in Australia

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Kawai Pianos - when was my Kawai made?

When Was Your Kawai Piano Made?

Kawai has been proudly manufacturing pianos for more than 95 years, since 1927. We are honoured to be regarded as one of the best piano manufacturers in the world, making the finest pianos, and often described by professional pianists as the leading pianos of Japan. This page will help you in determining

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We interview Kathy Selby

Hailed by the Australian press as a ‘formidable talent’ and ‘Australia’s pre-eminent chamber music pianist’, Kathryn Selby AM is the Artistic Director of the popular nationally touring Selby & Friends concert series.  A former student of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Miss

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We interview Oxana Shevchenko

“A musician should be exposed to all possible music genres”. Oxana Shevchenko is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry, sensibility, and versatility and is equally in demand both as a soloist and as a chamber musician.  In 2016 Oxana was one of the top six finalists at the Sydney

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The Perfect Performance

On the face of it, it might not seem that classical musicians and elite athletes have much in common, though one could certainly argue that Roger Federer’s backhand is a work of art. We think of virtuosity in different fields as requiring different kinds of skills, so while we might be

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