Marc-André Hamelin: Comfortable in the danger zone

There are any number of ways you could attempt to explain what makes Canada’s leading living pianist Marc-André Hamelin special.  He’ll turn 57 (...)

Marc-André Hamelin: the most difficult thing about piano playing is “the ability to be able to hear yourself during performance the same way the public is hearing you. And that’s a very tall order.”  Photograph: Sim Cannetty-Clarke

It’s rare for two leading pianists to team up to play music for four hands, either in duets on one piano, or as a duo on separate instruments. The per(...)

This year’s star attraction of Great Music in Irish Houses is American pianist Richard Goode. Photograph: Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images

News is out on the National Concert Hall’s next International Concert Series. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will open the series on Saturday, Aug(...)

NI Opera’s staging of Puccini’s “Turandot”: set in a kind despotic oriental factory, it benefits from striking designs by Rebecca Ringst and Ingo Krügler

God knows what Gerald Barry might come up with if he were ever given a chance to design a fairground ride. There’s a fair chance he might want to desi(...)

Tara Erraught: the Irish mezzo soprano of the moment gives recitals at Wexford Festival Opera, the NCH and in Galway. Photograph: Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images

The new concert season kicks off in earnest on Friday, with one of the most explosive works ever written. Stravinsky’s still awe-inspiring Rite of (...)

Shirley Higgins, conductor of St Mary’s signing choir, and members of the choir rehearsing at the school in Cabra. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s often assumed that when profoundly deaf children are involved in any kind of musical performance it’s mainly for their therapeutic benefit: a (...)

Alexej Gorlatch: expanding the scale of his music-making

The opportunity was too good to miss. When I was invited to spend a few days in Lucerne for its piano festival, I realised that the festival’s Debut s(...)

Leif Ove Andsnes: ‘It doesn’t make sense to do a cycle of Beethoven piano concertos unless you’re sure you have something to say. I didn’t feel that that time was until now.’ Photograph: Getty

Leif Ove Andsnes’s latest project is The Beethoven Journey. The Norwegian pianist has already recorded the first and third piano concertos to great ac(...)