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I am a pianist, a professor at the all-Steinway Maastricht Academy of Music, and the developer of a piano method based on the most recent insights of piano technique, a trustworthy, tried-and-true method for achieving lightning-quick fingers, top-notch sound control, and ease.
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I met Estonian composer Urmas Sisask in 2004 in Tallinn. Urmas is a mystic composer who believes in spirits and gnoms. You can hear fairy tales in his beautiful Starry Sky Cycle of 29 Piano Pieces.
Debussy Prelude book 1 no 7 (...Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest).
A wild virtuoso Prelude. The title of the piece was inspired by 'The Garden of Paradise, a fairy tale by Andersen.
Zhelobinsky wrote his 24 preludes in 1934 in Leningrad, like Shostakovich did! These preludes are for the first time recorded! Some similarities with Shostakovich are noticeble.
I simply love many of the so called 'Light pieces' by Jaan Rääts. They were a big surprise to me and recording them was a great pleasure. They are short, but surely worth to give it some attention.
Robert Quodbach wrote several pieces for me. Among them two Piano Sonatas. I met Rob three years before his sudden death at the age of 31. A remarkable young man, who usually was composing after midnight. I call his Post-Classical music 'Dark Music', since it is full of darkness.
The Piano Music by Estonian Composer Jaan Rääts(1932) is a gem. During the Soviet occupation Estonian composers could develop their unique and exotic style. I met Jaan in 2011 in Tallinn and promised him to promote his works. His 24 Preludes opus 33 is a mix of styles, with 'flavors' of Medieval music, Rock, Rumi, Jazz, New Age, Modernism.
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Recordings below are published on Soundcloud
One of the well-known Intermezzi by Johannes Brahms. He wrote ten Intermezzi for Piano. The 3 Intermezzi
Op. 117 were composed in 1892. Brahms described these pieces as "lullabies to my sorrows".
Initially written for Tenor and Piano, Sonetto del Petrarca no 104 by Fr. Liszt has become a popular work for Piano, with its contrasting emotions and virtuoso Passagework.
The Friedrich Kalkbrenner 24 Preludes opus 88 (1827) are a surprising set of well-written compositions in the best tradition of the 'Brilliant Style'. They mark a change in the genre of 24 Preludes. Other cycles composed in this era (1810-1835) are didactic works, little exercises in the art of Preluding. Chopin wrote his 24 Preludes about ten years later, between 1835-1839.
Wim Zwaag(1960) is a Dutch composer living in the South of Spain. We have known each other for over 25 years. In his early career, Wim was a singer with a beautiful Bariton voice. We have performed songs by Rachmaninoff, Britten, Quilter, and others. Wim has composed great Romantic works for Piano, Chamber music ensembles, and Orchestra, many of them commissioned and premiered by me. Live-Premiere recording (1992) of Wim's Alto-Saxophone Sonata with Jean-Pierre Cnoops.
Jean Lambrechts (1936) is a Belgian/Dutch composer who studied in Paris with André Jolivet. I performed the premiere of his Sonatine Gaillarde in 2014. It is a charming work full of Paris moods. On my way to the Conservatory, I often see Jean walking on the streets of Maastricht with his cute little doggy.
Arr of Viola Sonata by Shostakovich. Cello Sonata by Karen Khachaturian with Tjaikowski Prize-winner Levon Mouradian
The 24 Preludes by Dutch Composer Wim Zwaag were composed for Jeroen Riemsdijk. Composed and recorded in 2004
Yuri Zhislin Violin David Abrahamyan, Viola Levon Mouradian, Cello Jeroen Riemsdijk, Piano
Variations for Piano and Orchestra that reminds the Paganini-Variations by Rachmaninoff