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...where tradition meets innovation, and together, we bring PIANO into the 21st Century.

Hey, 🎹 enthusiasts out there! My name is Yukimi, a classical pianist and educator from NYC and executive producer of The Piano Pod. The Piano Pod🎙 is a one-of-a-kind podcast that delves deep into the fascinating world of classical music, with a specific focus on the 🎹 piano. In a biweekly format, the show explores intriguing discussions with guests breaking exciting new ground in the classical music industry. The Piano Pod aims to nurture a thriving community that embraces innovative approaches to ensure classical music's relevance and vitality in today's dynamic landscape.

"How can I present the beautiful tradition of classical music to the 21st-century audience in a fun, contemporary, and engaging way?"

When I started building a piano studio in the trendy neighborhood of Downtown Manhattan in 2007 while in the NYU graduate program in piano studies, I began to ponder this question. I realized the stark difference in expectations toward classical music and music education between music professionals and the general public. Then, one of the NYU music department's professors suggested I start a podcast: the platform would allow classical musicians to address this disparity and spark conversations about audience engagement.

Finally, fast forward to 10+ years later, The Piano Pod was born in the summer of 2020. Since then, I have had the privilege of interviewing A-listers in the classical music industry: international concert pianists, composers, arrangers, digital streamers/influencers, music educators, entrepreneurs, neurodiverse specialists, and performance psychologists.

Through fascinating conversations, we have explored how classical music should continue to evolve to remain relevant to our lifestyle, society, and culture. Over the past three seasons, The Piano Pod has achieved remarkable success by reaching faithful listeners on audio platforms and viewers via YouTube.

As the show is celebrating the past season's achievements and gearing toward the new season in the fall, my mission as the Executive Producer is crystal clear: to provide a platform for classical musicians and educators to reflect and discuss ways to keep our industry robust and meaningful in this ever-changing world and move it forward in the post-pandemic era.

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🥹How can we shift the cultural perception of performance anxiety from a personal weakness to a natural aspect of the human experience, deserving of compassion and support? Welcome to the Season 4 Finale, titled “Conquer Performance Anxiety” with a guest Dr. Jon Skidmore! We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Jon Skidmore, Performance Psychologist, back to The Piano Pod! Many of you may remember his insightful contribution to our very first episode back in September 2020. It feels truly fitting to bring him back as we wrap up this season. In this episode, we cover:✅ The Importance of Mental Skills Training for Musicians✅ Understanding Performance Anxiety✅ The Correct Definition of “Mindset”✅ “Stage Fright is Not an Enemy nor a Disease; It’s a Skill Deficit!”✅ From Traditional Practice to Brain Science and Flow✅ Strategies for Music Educators to Help Their StudentsAnd much more! 👏👏👏 Dr. Skidmore will explore the topic of performance anxiety with compassion, drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology. This is an episode you won't want to miss![About Dr. Jon Skidmore]🌐Website📘His Book: Conquer Anxiety📚His Course: Musicians’ Path to Peak Performance, starting in November📝Register to Join Dr. Skidmore’s Free Monthly Workshops on 2nd Wednesdays at 9:00 am MT or 3rd Wednesdays at 5:00 pm MT 📆 Schedule a 30 min Discovery Call with Dr. Skidmore.👉 If you haven't checked out our first episode, listen HERE.[The Piano Pod🎙️]Yukimi Song (Executive Producer/Writer & A/V Editor)🌐 TPP Official Site📱 Connect with us on Social Media👉👉👉 NOMINATE YOURSELF OR SOMEONE IN OUR INDUSTRY TO BE A GUEST ON THE PIANO POD! #Podcast #MusicEducation #ClassicalMusic #PianoPerformance #PerformanceAnxiety #MentalSkills #MusicTeachers #MusicStudents #StageFright #BrainScience #FlowState #MusicPodcast #PianoLife #Pianist #MusicCommunity #SeasonFinale #TuneIn #PodcastPremiere #MusicInsights #ArtistSupport
🎥 Here is the Trailer for Our Upcoming Episode, "Conquer Performance Anxiety - Stage Fright is Not an Enemy nor a Disease; It’s a Skill Deficit!" Get ready for our upcoming episode with Dr. Skidmore who is joining us again for The Piano Pod’s season finale! Many of you may remember his insightful contribution to our very first episode back in September 2020. It feels truly fitting to bring him back as we wrap up this season. Our Executive Producer and Host, Yukimi Song, has dreamed of creating a piano podcast since her grad school days at NYU in 2008. A professor suggested the idea back then, but it wasn’t until the COVID lockdown that she finally took the plunge. The sudden lifestyle changes caused her students to struggle with performance anxiety, sparking her mission to help them. Her journey led her to an inspiring article in Piano Magazine where Dr. Skidmore’s work was featured. Impressed by his methods and research, Yukimi reached out to him, and their enlightening conversation inspired the launch of this podcast.She wanted to share these valuable insights with fellow pianists and music educators. And now, here we are, coming full circle.In this episode, we cover:✅ The Importance of Mental Skills Training for Musicians✅ Understanding Performance Anxiety✅ The Correct Definition of “Mindset”✅ From Traditional Practice to Brain Science and Flow✅ Strategies for Music Educators to Help Their StudentsAnd much more! 👏👏👏 Dr. Skidmore will explore the topic of performance anxiety with compassion, drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology. This is an episode you won't want to miss!📆 Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at 8:00pm ET to catch the premiere on The Piano Pod’s YouTube Channel.🎧 The audio podcast will also be available on Tuesday, June 11, at 8:00pm ET: https://linktr.ee/TPP2.0🎹 About Dr. Jon Skidmore:WebsiteArticle👉 If you haven't checked out our first episode, listen HERE.🎬 Credits:Yukimi Song (Executive Producer/Writer & A/V Editor)🌐 Official Site📱 Connect with us on Social Media#Podcast #MusicEducation #ClassicalMusic #PianoPerformance #PerformanceAnxiety #MentalSkills #MusicTeachers #MusicStudents #StageFright #BrainScience #FlowState #MusicPodcast #PianoLife #Pianist #MusicCommunity #SeasonFinale #TuneIn #PodcastPremiere #MusicInsights #ArtistSupport
Connecting Contemporary Audiences – Live Music Project: Bridging Musicians and Audiences, Empowering Next-Generation InnovatorsGet ready for an exhilarating conversation with Megan Inen, celebrated Mezzo-Soprano and Executive Director of the Live Music ProjectDuring our conversation, we focused on the Live Music Project: its concept, mission, and significant impact and reach within the music industry and among global communities of music lovers. We discussed how the platform connects classical musicians with broader audiences and explored the topic of audience engagement — a subject that has captivated Piano Pod listeners from the beginning.In this episode, we delved into the overview of the Live Music Project✅ Bridging the Gap Between Musicians and Audiences✅ Becoming a Hub for Orchestras, Ensembles, Choirs and Independent Musicians✅ Inviting Novice Listeners with the “Spontaneous Free Tickets Program”We also discussed Megan’s Multifaceted Entrepreneurial Career:✅ Megan’s Celebrated Career as a Mezzo-Soprano✅ Helping Fellow Musicians Develop Entrepreneurial Skills through Her Coaching Business✅ Nurturing the Next Gen of Musical Innovators Through Her Role in the Peabody LAUNCHPadAnd much more!📺 The video version of this episode is available on our YouTube channel![ABOUT THE LIVE MUSIC PROJECT]🌐 Visit HERE to learn more!📱 Follow LMP on Instagram[MEGAN IHNEN] 🌐 Visit HERE to learn more!📱Connect with Megan on Instagram:🎵Find Megan on Spotify[ABOUT THE PIANO POD]Greetings, piano lovers! I'm Yukimi Song, your host from NYC. Every fortnight, join me as I delve deep into the world of PIANO with groundbreakers from the classical music industry. Our mission? To provide a platform for classical musicians and educators to reflect and discuss how to keep our industry robust and relevant in this rapidly changing world and move it forward in the post-pandemic era.❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate https://bit.ly/3EsvRDg❤️❤️🎬 Credits: Yukimi Song (Executive Producer/Writer & A/V Editor)🌐 Official Site📱 Connect with us on social media
🎥 Here is the Trailer for Our Upcoming Episode, "Connecting Contemporary Audiences – Live Music Project: Bridging Musicians and Audiences, Empowering Next Generation Innovators with Megan Ihnen"Get ready for our upcoming episode with Megan Ihnen, Mezzo-Soprano and Executive Director of the Live Music Project, for an exhilarating conversation!During our conversation, we delved into the Live Music Project's significant impact and reach within the music industry and among global communities of music lovers. We discussed how the platform connects classical musicians with broader audiences and explored the topic of audience engagement — a subject that has captivated Piano Pod listeners from the beginning.In this episode, we focused on the overview of the Live Music Project✅ Bridging the Gap Between Musicians and Audiences✅ Becoming a Hub for Orchestras, Ensembles, Choirs and Independent Musicians✅ Inviting Novice Listeners with the “Spontaneous Free Tickets Program”We also discussed Megan’s Multifaceted Entrepreneurial Career:✅ Megan’s Celebrated Career as a Mezzo-Soprano✅ Helping Fellow Musicians Develop Entrepreneurial Skills through Her Coaching Business✅ Nurturing the Next Gen of Musical Innovators Through Her Role in the Peabody LAUNCHPadAnd much more!📆 Mark your calendar for May 28, 2024 — you won't want to miss this fascinating episode with Megan Ihnen!📺 Catch the premiere on The Piano Pod’s YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/iM6AP_YRpw0?si=QUBCkCWcNUhgftUq🎧 Subscribe to The Piano Pod on Your Favorite Podcast Platform: https://linktr.ee/TPP2.0🎻 About the Live Music Project – The Live Music Project is dedicated to making live classical music performances more accessible to a broader audience. It aims to connect people with local live classical music events through a comprehensive, user-friendly online platform that lists concerts, recitals, and other musical events. The project often focuses on community engagement, fostering a vibrant cultural scene, and supporting musicians and composers by promoting their performances and helping to build audiences for live classical music. Visit https://www.livemusicproject.org/ to learn more!🎹 About Megan Ihnen – Megan Ihnen, a "new music force of nature," is an acclaimed mezzo-soprano and advocate for composers. As Executive Director of the Live Music Project, she enhances the classical music scene's vibrancy and accessibility. She also teaches the "Breakthrough Curriculum" at Peabody Institute, nurturing future musical innovators. Passionate about creative placemaking and audience development, Megan forges impactful cultural partnerships, enriching communities and expanding the arts' societal impact. Visit https://meganihnen.com/ to learn more!🎬 Credits: Yukimi Song (Executive Producer/Writer & A/V Editor)🌐 Official Site📱 Connect with us on Social Media#podcast #podcaster #classicalmusicindustry #pianomusic #audienceengagment #concertcalendar #nonprofit #entrepreneur #classicalmusic #classicalmusician #classicalconcert #concertartist #artist #piano #pianist #concertprogram
Get ready for an exhilarating conversation with Kristhyan Benitez, a Grammy-winning concert pianist and esteemed Steinway Artist known for his mastery of Latin American music, for our upcoming episode!In our discussion, we delved into Kristhyan’s impressive career accomplishments, exploring his numerous stellar awards and recognitions, and examining how his diverse identity shapes his creative journey.In this revealing interview, we'll touch upon✅ Kristhyan's critically acclaimed third studio album, "Latin American Classics," which clinched the Latin Grammy for "Best Classical Album" in 2021.✅ His Passion for Piano Exploration through Improvisation: insights into his creative process when approaching improvisation in both studio and live settings.✅ Collaborations with Renowned Figures, Spanning from Legendary Conductors to Latin American Music Icons.✅ The Influence of Identity Complexity on Artistic Expression and Career Trajectory.✅ His exciting venture with his alter-ego, "Benitez," experimenting with electro-acoustic music.And much more!🎧 The audio episode of this fun episode will be split into 2 parts. Part 1 will be available on your favorite podcasting platform simultaneously with the YouTube premiere.[ABOUT KRISTHYAN BENITEZ]🌐Website🎵Kristhyan’s Grammy-Award Winning Album, "Latin American Classics" under the Steinway and Sons label🎵Kristhyan’s Grammy-Nominated Album, "Afro Cuban Dances"📱Kristhyan’s Instagram Accounts: https://www.instagram.com/kristhyan and https://www.instagram.com/benitezsounds/[ABOUT THE PIANO POD]Greetings, piano lovers! I'm Yukimi Song, your host from NYC. Every fortnight, join me as I delve deep into the world of PIANO with groundbreakers from the classical music industry. Our mission? To provide a platform for classical musicians and educators to reflect and discuss how to keep our industry robust and relevant in this rapidly changing world and move it forward in the post-pandemic era.❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate HERE❤️❤️🎬 Credits: Yukimi Song (Executive Producer/Writer & A/V Editor)🌐 Official Site📱 Connect with us#podcast #podcaster #classicalmusicindustry #pianomusic #steinwayartist #kristhyanbenitez #latinamericanmusic #latingrammys #grammyawardwinner #pianist #concertpianist #recordingartist #piano #venezuelanmusic #venezuela #latinamerica #classicalpiano #classicalmusic
🎥 Here is the Trailer for Our Upcoming Episode, "Keys to Identity: A Profound Conversation with Grammy Award-Winning Steinway Pianist Kristhyan Benitez"Get ready for an exhilarating conversation with Kristhyan Benitez, a Grammy-winning concert pianist and esteemed Steinway Artist known for his mastery of Latin American music, for our upcoming episode!In our discussion, we delved into Kristhyan’s impressive career accomplishments, exploring his numerous stellar awards and recognitions, and examining how his diverse identity shapes his creative journey.Join us on May 14 for an electrifying episode of The Piano Pod with Kristhyan, where we'll explore how he's revolutionizing the music landscape through innovative production techniques, spanning from traditional concert performances to bold experimental projects.In this revealing interview, we'll touch upon✅ Kristhyan's critically acclaimed third studio album, "Latin American Classics," which clinched the Latin Grammy for "Best Classical Album" in 2021.✅ His Passion for Piano Exploration through Improvisation: insights into his creative process when approaching improvisation in both studio and live settings.✅ Collaborations with Renowned Figures, Spanning from Legendary Conductors to Latin American Music Icons.✅ The Influence of Identity Complexity on Artistic Expression and Career Trajectory.✅ His exciting venture with his alter-ego, "Benitez," experimenting with electro-acoustic music.And much more!🎹 About Kristhyan Benitez – Grammy-winning pianist Kristhyan Benitez captivates global audiences with his vibrant concerts, blending Classical and Latin American music with depth and charisma. Hailed by luminaries like Jose Antonio Abreu and Philippe Entremont, he has graced renowned stages worldwide, from Berlin to New York. Benitez has performed with illustrious conductors and orchestras, earning accolades including a Latin Grammy for "Latin American Classics." As a Steinway Artist, he continues to enchant listeners with his virtuosity and passion.📆 Set a reminder for May 14, 2024 — you won't want to miss this fascinating episode with Kristhyan Benitez!📺 Catch the premiere on The Piano Pod’s YouTube Channel🎧 Subscribe to The Piano Pod on Your Favorite Podcast Platform❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate https://bit.ly/3EsvRDg❤️❤️🎬 Credits: Yukimi Song (Executive Producer/Writer & A/V Editor)🌐 Official Site📱 Connect with us:#podcast #podcaster #classicalmusicindustry #pianomusic #steinwayartist #kristhyanbenitez #latinamericanmusic #latingrammys #grammyawardwinner #pianist #concertpianist #recordingartist #piano #venezuelanmusic #venezuela #latinamerica #classicalpiano #classicalmusic
Welcome to an enlightening conversation with Jim Wilson, an award-winning Yamaha recording artist, concert piano technician, and author!As one of the most prominent and sought-after piano technicians in the world, Jim worked closely with big-name artists like Van Cliburn, Lang Lang, Chick Corea, Ivo Pogorelic, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Carole King, and Barbara Streisand to ensure their pianos were perfectly tuned and ready for both recording and live performances, whether at home or on stages around the globe.Tune in for an exhilarating upcoming episode where we'll dive into Jim's journey from a challenging childhood in Amarillo, Texas, to his status as a renowned musician and the go-to piano technician for the celebs!In our revealing interview, we'll cover:✅ Jim's experiences working on pianos for the world's most acclaimed artists in their homes and premier concert venues.✅ His friendships with legends like Chick Corea and Elton John.✅ The unique technical challenges Jim has faced while tuning pianos for renowned musicians.✅ Jim’s role in pioneering the first MIDI adapter for acoustic pianos.✅ His impressive music career, including four Billboard Top-20 albums.✅ A sneak peek at his latest book, Tuned In - Memoirs of a Piano Man: Behind the Scenes with Music Legends and Finding the Artist Within📺 This episode is also available in video format on our YouTube channel! 🎹 ABOUT JIM WILSON🌐 Website💚 Jim’s Music on Spotify📘 Read Jim's Book: “Tuned In: Memoirs of A Piano Man”🎹🎙️ ABOUT THE PIANO POD Greetings, piano lovers! I'm Yukimi Song, your host from NYC. Every fortnight, join me as I delve deep into the world of PIANO with groundbreakers from the classical music industry. Our mission? To provide a platform for classical musicians and educators to reflect and discuss how to keep our industry robust and relevant in this rapidly changing world and move it forward in the post-pandemic era.❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate HERE❤️❤️🎬 Credits: Yukimi Song (Executive Producer/Writer & A/V Editor)🌐 Official Site📱 Connect with us on Social Media#podcast #podcaster #classicalmusicindustry #pianomusic #pianotechnician #yamahaartist #pianist #classicalpianist #jimwilsonmusic #paulmccartney #vancliburn #chickcorea #langlang #piano #pianomusic #songwriter #tunedin #philosophy #midi #pianists
Join us as we continue our conversation with the exceptional pedagogue, Irina Gorin - with Irina Gorin, Creator of the "Tales of a Musical Journey" Series and Founder of The Gorin InstituteIn case you missed Part 1 of this special episode titled, “Piano, Pedagogy, Pioneering,” check it out on your favorite podcasting platform today by tapping HERE.Irina Gorin is celebrated for her groundbreaking approach to piano education, particularly for young children and beginners. Educated in Ukraine, her teaching methods highlight musicality, expressiveness, and a comprehensive grasp of piano fundamentals from the onset. Using storytelling and vivid imagery, her acclaimed method books and tutorial videos make learning piano engaging and effective. As a respected figure in music education, she's a regular at international conferences, masterclasses, and workshops, passionately sharing her insights while guiding piano teachers globally.In Part 2 of this episode, we delved into:✅ Irina’s insights on the prevailing challenges and misconceptions among piano teachers in the post-pandemic era.✅ The ways she empowers piano teachers through innovative courses and fosters a supportive community at The Gorin Institute.✅ Irina’s views on the critical role of parental involvement in ensuring consistent practice for young beginners.📺 This episode is also available as a video format on our YouTube channel.🎹 ABOUT IRINA GORINTales of A Musical Journey SeriesThe Gorin InstituteIrina’s Facebook Forum🎹🎙️ ABOUT THE PIANO PODGreetings, piano lovers! I'm Yukimi Song, your host from NYC. Every fortnight, join me as I delve deep into the world of PIANO with groundbreakers from the classical music industry. Our mission? To provide a platform for classical musicians and educators to reflect and discuss how to keep our industry robust and relevant in this rapidly changing world and move it forward in the post-pandemic era.❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate HERE ❤️❤️🎬 Credits: Yukimi Song (Executive Producer/Writer & A/V Editor)🌐 Official Site📱 Connect with us on Social Media*******************This episode is brought to you by phMediaStudio, championing unique artistic self-expressions through custom-designed websites tailored exclusively for their clients. Visit HERE to learn more.
Get ready for Part 1 of an exhilarating episode next week with the world-renowned piano educator Irina Gorin, the creative force behind the "Tales of a Musical Journey" method book series and founder of The Gorin Institute.Irina Gorin is celebrated for her groundbreaking approach to piano education, particularly for young children and beginners. Educated in Ukraine, her teaching methods highlight musicality, expressiveness, and a comprehensive grasp of piano fundamentals from the onset. Using storytelling and vivid imagery, her acclaimed method books and tutorial videos make learning piano engaging and effective. As a respected figure in music education, she's a regular at international conferences, masterclasses, and workshops, passionately sharing her insights while guiding piano teachers globally.In this insightful interview, we explored:✅ The inspiration behind Irina's pioneering piano method.✅ Insights into "Tales of a Musical Journey" and its unique educational storytelling.✅ Irina’s philosophy on teaching fundamental piano techniques to beginners.✅ Her perspective on common challenges and misconceptions among piano teachers today, especially in the post-pandemic landscape.✅ How she supports and empowers piano teachers through innovative courses and a supportive community at The Gorin Institute.📺 This episode is also available as a video format on our YouTube channel.🎹 ABOUT IRINA GORINTales of A Musical Journey SeriesThe Gorin InstituteIrina’s Facebook Forum🎹🎙️ ABOUT THE PIANO PODGreetings, piano lovers! I'm Yukimi Song, your host from NYC. Every fortnight, join me as I delve deep into the world of PIANO with groundbreakers from the classical music industry. Our mission? To provide a platform for classical musicians and educators to reflect and discuss how to keep our industry robust and relevant in this rapidly changing world and move it forward in the post-pandemic era.❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate HERE ❤️❤️🎬 Credits: Yukimi Song (Executive Producer/Writer & A/V Editor)🌐 Official Site📱 Connect with us on Social Media*******************This episode is brought to you by phMediaStudio, championing unique artistic self-expressions through custom-designed websites tailored exclusively for their clients. Visit HERE to learn more.
Explore the innovative world of piano education with Irina Gorin, the visionary behind the "Tales of a Musical Journey" method book series and founder of The Gorin Institute. Renowned for her innovative approach to teaching piano, Ms Gorin emphasizes musicality, expressiveness, and foundational skills from the onset. Her acclaimed method books, enriched with storytelling and vibrant imagery, captivate learners and foster effective piano instruction. In this insightful interview, we explored:✅ The inspiration behind Irina's pioneering piano method.✅ Insights into "Tales of a Musical Journey" and its unique educational storytelling.✅ Irina’s philosophy on teaching fundamental piano techniques to beginners.✅ Her perspective on common challenges and misconceptions among piano teachers today, especially in the post-pandemic landscape.✅ How she supports and empowers piano teachers through innovative courses and a supportive community at The Gorin Institute.📆Join us tomorrow, April 16 at 8pm ET, for the premiere of an inspiring episode on The Piano Pod's YouTube channel featuring Piano Pedagogue Irina Gorin. Discover how she revolutionizes piano pedagogy with her inventive teaching techniques and empowers piano teachers worldwide through The Gorin Institute's comprehensive courses, workshops, and masterclasses.📺Set the reminder of the premiere of this episode on The Piano Pod’s YouTube Channel. 🎧The audio podcast of this episode will be split into 2 parts. Part 1 will be published on your fav podcast platform simultaneously with the YouTube premiere: https://linktr.ee/TPP2.0❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate HERE❤️❤️🎬 Executive Producer: Yukimi Song 🎙️🎹🌐 Official Site📱 Connect with us#podcast #podcaster #classicalmusicindustry #pianomusic #improvisation #musiceducator #pianist #classicalpianist #pianopedagogue #irinagorin #talesofamusicaljourney #pianoteachers #piano #pianoteaching #pianomethod #pianolife #classicalpiano #philosophy #methodbooks #pianists
Join us as we continue our conversation with the exceptionally talented Danny Holt, a virtuoso whose skills span across being a concert pianist, percussionist, composer, and producer.In case you missed Part 1 of this fun episode with pianist, percussionist, and composer, Danny Holt, check it out on your favorite podcasting platform today!Praised as "phenomenal" by esteemed music critic Alan Rich and dubbed one of the "local heroes" of Los Angeles's music scene by LAcitybeat.com, Danny Holt has captivated audiences worldwide with his music. This is your opportunity to dive deep into the essence of Danny Holt's musical voyage and the stories that have shaped his illustrious career.In Part 2 of this episode, we delved into:✅ Danny's latest album "Trailblazers"✅ His innovative classical concerts in Desert Hot Springs, CA✅ His insights on creativity as a classical musicianDiscover the world of Danny Holt’s artistry today by watching this episode!📺 The entire episode is available as a video on The Piano Pod’s YouTube Channel**********This episode is brought to you by phMediaStudio, championing unique artistic self-expressions through custom-designed websites tailored exclusively for their clients. Visit https://phmediastudio.com/ to learn more.**********🎹🥁 ABOUT DANNY HOLT 🌐Danny’s Website 📺 Danny’s YouTube Channel 💚 Danny’s Spotify Profile 🎵 Danny’s Latest Album, Trailblazers🎹🎙️ ABOUT THE PIANO PODGreetings, piano lovers! I'm Yukimi Song, your host from NYC. Every fortnight, join me as I delve deep into the world of PIANO with groundbreakers from the classical music industry. Our mission? To provide a platform for classical musicians and educators to reflect and discuss how to keep our industry robust and relevant in this rapidly changing world and move it forward in the post-pandemic era.❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate HERE ❤️❤️🎬 Credits: Yukimi Song (Executive Producer/Writer & A/V Editor)🌐 Official Site: https://thepianopod.com📱 Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/thepianoponyc#podcast #podcaster #classicalmusicindustry #pianomusic #contemporarypianomusic #avantgarde #contemporarymusic #pianist #classicalpianist #percussionist #piano #musicians #musicpodcast #pianolife #classicalpiano #philosophy #pianoteachers #pianists
😎 Have you had the chance to explore the collaborative album "Trailblazers" by our guest, 🎹 Danny Holt with violist Molly Gebrian yet?In this short excerpt from our latest episode, Danny discusses the inspiration behind the album, the incredible female composers, a.k.a. "Trailblazers," and the challenges they faced in its production amidst geographical distance and the disruptions caused by COVID-19.In case you missed Part 1 of this fun episode with pianist, percussionist, and composer, Danny Holt, check it out on your favorite podcasting platform today 👇👇https://rss.com/podcasts/the-piano-pod/1418338/ Stay tuned for Part 2, which will be released on Tuesday, April 9, at 8:00 pm ET. In Part 2, we'll delve deeper into:✅ Danny's latest album "Trailblazers"✅ His innovative classical concerts in Desert Hot Springs, CA✅ His insights on creativity as a classical musician📺 The entire episode is available as a video on The Piano Pod’s YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/_pNO_KahT-g 🎧 Subscribe to The Piano Pod on your favorite podcasting platform today: https://linktr.ee/TPP2.0❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate https://bit.ly/3EsvRDg❤️❤️🎬 Executive Producer: Yukimi Song 🎙️🎹🌐 Official Site: https://thepianopod.com📱 Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/thepianoponyc#podcast #podcaster #classicalmusicindustry #pianomusic #improvisation #percussionist #pianist #classicalpianist #southafricanpianists #composers #improviser #piano #musicians #musicpodcast #pianolife #classicalpiano #philosophy #pianoteachers #pianists #dannyholtmusic
Join us for an enlightening conversation with the exceptionally talented Danny Holt, a virtuoso whose skills span being a concert pianist, percussionist, composer, and producer.Praised as "phenomenal" by esteemed music critic Alan Rich and dubbed one of the "local heroes" of Los Angeles's music scene by LAcitybeat.com, Danny Holt has captivated audiences worldwide with his music. This is your opportunity to dive deep into the essence of Danny Holt's musical voyage and the stories that have shaped his illustrious career.In Part 1 of this episode, we delved into:🎹 How the pandemic reinforced Danny's conviction in the irreplaceable magic of live performances.🎹 Transitioning from performing traditional classical piano pieces and conservatory training to embracing a broader spectrum of music through college and master's degrees in innovative programs in New England where Danny's unique artistic expression was nurtured, steering him beyond solo piano performances, leading to the creation of his distinctive Piano-Percussion Project.In this segment of the interview, we unveil:✅ The hidden gems of piano repertoire chosen by Danny✅ The early influences that drew him to percussion✅ An inside look at his pioneering piano-percussion projectDiscover the world of Danny Holt’s artistry today by watching this episode!🎧 Continue with Part 2 of this episode HERE!📺 This episode is also available in a video format.**********This episode is brought to you by phMediaStudio, championing unique artistic self-expressions through custom-designed websites tailored exclusively for their clients. Visit HERE to learn more.**********🎹🥁 ABOUT DANNY HOLT🌐Website📺 YouTube💚 Spotify🎵 Danny’s Latest Album, Trailblazers🎹🎙️ ABOUT THE PIANO PODGreetings, piano lovers! I'm Yukimi Song, your host from NYC. Every fortnight, join me as I delve deep into the world of PIANO with groundbreakers from the classical music industry. Our mission? To provide a platform for classical musicians and educators to reflect and discuss how to keep our industry robust and relevant in this rapidly changing world and move it forward in the post-pandemic era.❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate HERE❤️❤️🎬 Executive Producer: Yukimi Song🌐 TPP Official Site📱 Connect with us on Social Media
🎥 Check Out the Sneak Peak of TPP’s Upcoming Episode feat. Danny Holt 🎹🥁Join us for an enlightening conversation with the exceptionally talented Danny Holt, a virtuoso whose skills span across being a concert pianist, percussionist, composer, and producer.During our chat, we delved into:How the pandemic reinforced Danny's conviction in the irreplaceable magic of live performances.The art of curating a compelling repertoire and organizing community-centric concerts that are open to the public and supported by grants.We also discussed Danny's eclectic approach to music and career:Transitioning from performing traditional classical piano pieces and conservatory training to embracing a broader spectrum of music through college and master's degrees in innovative programs in New England where Danny's unique artistic expression was nurtured, steering him beyond solo piano performances, leading to the creation of his distinctive Piano-Percussion Project.In this engaging interview, we unveil:✅ The hidden gems of piano repertoire chosen by Danny✅ The early influences that drew him to percussion✅ An inside look at his pioneering piano-percussion project✅ Highlights of his recording activities, including his latest album "Trailblazers"✅ The unparalleled experience of attending his classical concerts in Desert Hot SpringsDiscover the world of Danny Holt’s artistry today by watching this episode!📆 So tune in Tuesday, April 2, at 8:00 pm ET to discover Danny's secrets to his successful performing arts career and deep reflections on classical musicians' role in society and their duty to educate and inspire!📺Join the premiere of this episode on The Piano Pod’s YouTube Channel🎧The audio podcast of this episode will be split into 2 parts. Part 1 will be published on your fav podcast platform simultaneously with the YouTube premiere❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate HERE ❤️❤️🎬 Executive Producer: Yukimi Song 🎙️🎹🌐 Official Site: https://thepianopod.com📱 Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/thepianoponyc#podcast #podcaster #classicalmusicindustry #pianomusic #improvisation #percussionist #pianist #classicalpianist #southafricanpianists #composers #improviser #piano #musicians #musicpodcast #pianolife #classicalpiano #philosophy #pianoteachers #pianists #dannyholtmusic
Welcome to Part 2 of this season's thrilling 14th episode! This time, we're diving deeper into our conversation with the celebrated South African Classical Pianist, Liam Pitcher. Renowned for his remarkable ability to blend classical music with electro-acoustic and electronic elements through improvisation, Liam has garnered widespread recognition.During this segment, we delve into a myriad of topics, including the origins of his musical journey, his deep-seated love for music, and his efforts to champion South African composers.🎧In case you missed the first part of this special episode, where we tackled subjects like the intricacies of piano improvisation, captivating audiences, and the societal roles of classical musicians, be sure to catch up on your favorite podcasting platform today!📺 You can also watch this entire episode on our YouTube channel!This episode is brought to you by Yukimi Song Studio 🎹 Discover the magic of music with Yukimi. Realize your dream, create joyful melodies, and express yourself on the keys. Let's play piano together! Visit HERE to learn more.[ABOUT THE GUEST: Liam Pitcher]🌐 Learn more about the artist HERE📀Learn and join Liam’s DJ community and courses HERE📱Follow Liam on Instagram📺 Subscribe to Liam’s YouTube Channel[ABOUT THE PIANO POD]❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate HERE ❤️❤️🎬 Executive Producer: Yukimi Song 🎙️🎹🌐 Visit Our Official Site📱 Connect with us on Social#podcast #podcaster #classicalmusicindustry #pianomusic #improvisation #southafricanmsucians #pianist #classicalpianist #southafricanpianists #composers #improviser #piano #musicians #musicpodcast #pianolife #classicalpiano #philosophy #pianoteachers #pianists00:00:00 - Excerpt from the Video Clip of Liam’s Piano Solo Improvisational Work, “Improvised Scherzo”00:00:38 - Intro00:02:21 - The Genesis of Passion: Discovering a Love for Music and the Piano - Liam’s Journey and Training00:15:53 - Championing South African Melodies: Liam's Advocacy for Local Composers - A Dive into the Richness of South African Classical MusicExcerpt from the Video Clip of Liam’s Piano Solo Improvisational Work, “Improvised Fantasy in A-Flat Minor”00:30:49 - Charting the Future: Unveiling Upcoming Projects and Artistic Visions with Liam00:34:28 - TPP Rapid Fire Questions
The Second Installment of this season's thrilling 14th episode with the celebrated South African Classical Pianist, Liam Pitcher, will be released tomorrow! During this segment, we delve into a myriad of topics, including the origins of his musical journey, his deep-seated love for music, his efforts to champion South African composers, and more🎧In case you missed the first part of this special episode, where we tackled subjects like the intricacies of piano improvisation, captivating audiences, and the societal roles of classical musicians, be sure to catch up on your favorite podcasting platform today: https://thepianopod.com/part-1-of-season-4-episode-14-feat-liam-pitcher-classical-pianist-composer-south-africas-leading-improviser/📺You can also watch this entire episode on The Piano Pod’s YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/Kbo34d24erY Make sure to hit that subscribe button on your preferred podcasting platform to get notified as soon as we drop the latest episode.Don't forget to give this post a like, subscribe, and follow The Piano Pod. See you tomorrow for Part 2 of our thrilling episode featuring Liam Pitcher! ❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate https://bit.ly/3EsvRDg❤️❤️🎬 Executive Producer: Yukimi Song 🎙️🎹🌐 Official Site: https://thepianopod.com📱 Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/thepianoponyc.....#podcast #podcaster #classicalmusicindustry #pianomusic #improvisation #southafricanmsucians #pianist #classicalpianist #southafricanpianists #composers #improviser #piano #musicians #musicpodcast #pianolife #classicalpiano #philosophy #pianoteachers #pianists
We had the pleasure of chatting with the acclaimed South African Classical Pianist Liam Pitcher, known for his exceptional improvisation skills, which combine classical music with electro-acoustic and electronic elements, earning him widespread acclaim.In Part 1 of our discussion, we explored various topics ranging from the art of piano improvisation to engaging audiences and the societal responsibilities of classical musicians. We also discussed the importance of educating the public about the diverse world of classical music and challenging today's popular music, which often relies on repetitive and addictive formulas.This engaging interview offers insights into:✅ Liam's improvisation philosophy✅ His extensive "Improvisations" CD album series, which includes more than 10 volumes✅ The unique aspects of his improvisational style that set him apart in today's music scene✅ A closer look at his piano improvisation methods and his relationship with the instrument🎧 Part 2 of this audio episode will be available on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at 8:00 pm ET on your favorite podcast platform. 📺 You can also watch this entire episode on our YouTube channel!This episode is brought to you by Yukimi Song Studio 🎹 Discover the magic of music with Yukimi. Realize your dream, create joyful melodies, and express yourself on the keys. Let's play piano together! Visit HERE to learn more.[ABOUT THE GUEST: Liam Pitcher]🌐 Learn more about the artist HERE📀Learn and join Liam’s DJ community and courses HERE📱Follow Liam on Instagram📺 Subscribe to Liam’s YouTube Channel[ABOUT THE PIANO POD]❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate HERE ❤️❤️🎬 Executive Producer: Yukimi Song 🎙️🎹🌐 Visit Our Official Site📱 Connect with us on Social
Get ready to dive into the captivating world of piano improvisation! Come along as I engage in an exclusive dialogue with the esteemed South African Classical Pianist, Liam Pitcher for Season 4 Episode 14! Renowned for his remarkable improvisational prowess, Liam seamlessly merges classical melodies with electro-acoustic and electronic elements, earning him widespread admiration.In our discussion, we explored various topics ranging from the art of piano improvisation to engaging audiences and the societal responsibilities of classical musicians. We also discussed the importance of educating the public about the diverse world of classical music and challenging today's popular music, which often relies on repetitive and addictive formulas. This engaging interview offers insights into:✅ Liam's improvisation philosophy✅ His extensive "Improvisations" CD album series, which includes more than 10 volumes✅ The unique aspects of his improvisational style that set him apart in today's music scene✅ A closer look at his piano improvisation methods and his relationship with the instrument✅ A glimpse into the world of South African classical music composersSo tune in tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19, 2024, for Part 1 of this exciting episode to discover Liam's secrets to improvisation and his profound reflections on classical musicians' role in society and their duty to educate and inspire!#trailer #pianists #pianomusic #pianoimprovisation #southafricanmusic #improvisation #classicalpianist #classicalpiano
So excited to present 🇳🇿 Sherry Grant – Classical Pianist, Cellist, Poet, and Festival Organizer – for our Season 4, Episode 13!Sherry's musical odyssey began with the cello, but her passion for music knows no bounds. Dive into her story as she shares how her love for languages and poetry propelled her into a new realm of artistic expression.From thousands of published poems to organizing festivals, Sherry's career is as diverse as it is fascinating. Learn about the tipping point that led her to immerse herself in poetry and how it intertwines with her musical endeavors.Tune in as Sherry discusses her transition from cellist to pianist and highlights from her musical career, including her deep admiration for poet Katherine Mansfield and composer Alexander Scriabin. 📺 The video version of this episode is also available on our YouTube channel.This episode is brought to you by Yukimi Song Studio 🎹 Discover the magic of music with Yukimi. Realize your dream, create joyful melodies, and express yourself on the keys. Let's play piano together! Visit their website to learn more.🎵ABOUT THE GUEST: Sherry Grant As artistic director of four festivals since 2019, Sherry has been actively performing both in New Zealand and overseas as a pianist, although she was trained primarily as a cellist. Sherry's favorite instrument is the viola and her favorite composer is Alexander Scriabin.Many composers have written music for Sherry to premiere since 2019. She is also the mother of 4 children who often perform in concerts with her, and with her youngest daughter Zoe Grant, now 10 years old, Sherry has published poetry books, edited haiku and rengay journals, hosted online poetry gatherings and judged several haiku competitions.Zoe and Sherry have appeared in numerous interviews in 5 countries since 2021, with a goal of building the Next Golden Age where they will touch and inspire at least a billion people around the world with their creativity.Sherry is currently planning the 2024 Vio-Latino Concert Tour in South America, Scriabin 2025 Festival as well as Hill & Carr Festival in 2026. Her events are generally multidisciplinary where several art forms are combined.🎹 ABOUT THE PIANO PODGreetings, piano lovers! I'm Yukimi Song, your host from NYC. Every fortnight, join me as I delve deep into the world of PIANO with groundbreakers from the classical music industry. Our mission? To provide a platform for classical musicians and educators to reflect and discuss how to keep our industry robust and relevant in this rapidly changing world and move it forward in the post-pandemic era.❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate https://bit.ly/3EsvRDg❤️❤️🎬 Credits: Yukimi Song (Executive Producer/Writer & A/V Editor)🌐 Official Site📱 Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/thepianoponyc#podcast #podcaster #classicalmusicindustry #pianomusic #poet #poetry #pianist #classicalpianist #scriabin #cellist #cello #piano #musicians #musicpodcast #pianolife #classicalpiano #philosophy #pianoteachers #pianists
We had an inspiring conversation with 🇦🇺Tim Topham, Founder & Director of TopMusicCo, Music Educator, & Author! Our discussion revolved around his recently released book, "No Book Beginners: A Step-by-Step Framework for Creative Piano Teaching, Starting from Lesson One."This book encapsulates his experiences as a music educator and piano instructor, drawing from extensive research spanning from Kodaly to Music Learning Theory. It serves as a valuable resource, delving into various aspects such as the inspiration behind its creation, the current landscape of music education with a particular emphasis on piano instruction, and providing a historical context to elucidate the evolution of teaching methods in the industry. The book critiques the prevalent note-reading-centric approach in piano instruction, advocating instead for a more holistic teaching method. Additionally, it offers a practical framework for instructing beginner piano students, emphasizing an approach that doesn't rely on any specific method books for the initial 10 weeks. Check out Tim’s book, No Book Beginners HERE.We also explored the digital empire that he built to support fellow music educators, offering a wealth of resources including blogs, vlogs, courses, and a membership community. These resources aim to empower teachers, enabling them to evolve into 21st-century educators within their respective communities.Tim shared valuable insights on the requisites for being a 21st-century music business owner, the challenges among teachers, and the prevailing trends in piano teaching.🎵Tim TophamLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timtopham/🎵Top Music CoInstagramFacebook PinterestYouTubePodcast🎹 About The Piano Pod❤️❤️ Show your love and support for TPP: Donate HERE❤️❤️🎬 Credits: Yukimi Song (Executive Producer/Writer & A/V Editor)🌐 TPP Official Site📱 Get the Latest 🎹 News HEREThis is episode is brought to you by Yukimi Song Studio 🎹 Discover the magic of music with Yukimi. Realize your dream, create joyful melodies, and express yourself on the keys. Let's play piano together! Visit HERE to learn more.
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