Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

Interview with Eleanor Sokoloff, Part 1

My beloved piano teacher, Eleanor Sokoloff is 100 years young and still teaching actively at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Mrs. Sokoloff has trained some of the top pianists in the classical world during her 79 years of teaching. is one of the Internet's biggest resources on just about anything related to the piano.

Thursday, 09 April 2015 00:00

Piano Tastings Ep. 9: The Piano Buyer


Since 1987, The Piano Book by Larry Fine has been the definitive resource for folks looking to understand the world of pianos and make informed purchasing decisions.

What piano was favored by Clara Schumann and highly regarded by the likes of Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms? The Grotrian-Steinweg, or "Grotrian" for short.

Friday, 20 March 2015 00:00

Interview with Eric Uglum

Eric Uglum is a multi-talented sound engineer and musician who is helping to put together my latest recording project tentatively titled "Psalms: Hyssop and Snow".

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 00:00

How to practice the piano without a piano

One of my online students asked me how to practice the piano when she's traveling away from her instruments. Since I'm stuck in my hotel room in Miami, I came up with some great exercises for keeping your fingers in shape without a piano.  I think you'll find these exercises challenging and fun!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

Subbing with the Baltimore Symphony

This week I'm subbing with the Baltimore Symphony at Meyerhoff Hall, playing piano and celeste parts in a tribute program for African American achievements.

What do you get when a legendary jazz pianist inspires a master piano craftsman to build the piano of his dreams? The answer is the Ravenscroft Piano, one of the most meticulously designed instruments built today.

Friday, 06 February 2015 00:00

Psalms Project

15 years after I started setting the book of Psalms to music for my Church congregation, I'm finally getting the opportunity to record my first album of those arrangements.

Here's a fun look at how I created this jazzed-up version of "Auld Lang Syne" for the piano!

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