"Art hath an enemy called ignorance." Ben Johnson

August 2017

Piano Shops

Piano Shops

Here is a list of piano shops where a piano can be bought or hired (please keep in mind the conditions and prices often change):
Steinway Hall: Steinway, Boston and Essex pianos; best place to go if you can afford the prices; no hire.
Chappell of Bond Street / now Yamaha Music London: Yamaha, Kemble, Bösendorfer etc; main place for Yamaha pianos; no hire.
Blüthner: Blüthner, Irmler, Haessler, Rönisch etc; to buy, hire and hire with option to buy; brand new pianos for hire..
JReid Pianos: Barraud, Bechstein, Bell, Bernstein, Bluthner, Bosendorfer, Boston, Brinsmead, Broadwood, Carl Schiller, Challen, Challen, D’Este, Erard, Fazioli, Fenner, Feurich, Gaveau, Gebruder, Grotrian, Hoffman, Ibach, Kawai, Kemble, Knake, Knight, Lipp, Matz, Pleyel, Pleyel, Reid-Sohn, Ronisch (Rönisch), Sames, Samick, Sauter, Schiedmayer, Schimmel, Seiler, Squire, Steck, Steinmayer, Steinway (Steinway & Sons), Steinweg, Thurma, Weber, Welmar, Yamaha; to buy, hire and option to buy; new, second-hand and restored pianos; second-hand pianos for hire.

Morley Pianos & Harpsichord: Bechstein, Hoffmann, Grotrian-Steinweg, Bentley, Ritmuller, Weber, Monington & Weston, Waldstein and Steinbach; to buy and to hire, new and second-hand.

Piano Warehouse: in Willesden and Surbiton; to buy and to hire; many different brands, lots of Yamaha pianos.

Markson Pianos: to buy or to hire; many different makes; Bechstein piano centre in London

Mark Goodwin Pianos

Little & Lampert Pianos





Andreas Schiff on Beethoven's Sonatas

Music Magazines

Music Magazines

International Piano

Pianist Magazine

Classical Music

BBC Music Magazine

Early Music Today



Films and Documentaries on Music

Music Films and Documentaries

Interesting Articles on Piano-Related Topics

Some Interesting Articles on Piano-Related Topics

The hot Liszt
‘The pull of love’ - or why music can be a quasi-spiritual experience
Maurizio Pollini: A Life in Music
Mitsuko Uchida - Fingers on the Pulse
Alfred Brendel - Keeper of the Flame
The Story of Pepito Arriola (1910)
The Making of an Artist. A Talk with Mark Hambourg (1902)
Some Great Virtuosos of the Present Day (1910)
Fanny Bloomfield - The Secret of Public Appearances (1908)
Prodigies and the Gift of Music (1910)
Rachmaninov - Ten Important Attributes of Beautiful Pianoforte Playing (1910)
Emil Sauer - Lessons with Franz Liszt (1910)
The Real Paderewski (1915)
Alexander Siloti - Memories of Rubinstein and Liszt I (1920)
Alexander Siloti - Memories of Rubinstein and Liszt II (1920)
Joseph Lhévinne - Practical Phases of Modern Pianoforte Studies I (1921)
Joseph Lhévinne - Practical Phases of Modern Pianoforte Studies II (1921)
Music ‘releases mood-enhancing chemical in the brain’

Some Fun Music Videos

Some Musical Fun

Classical Music Venues in London

Classical Music Venues in London

A small selection:

Southbank Centre

Barbican Centre

Wigmore Hall

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Opera House

St John's Smith Square

King's Place

Cadogan Hall

St Martin-in-the-Field

Handel House

Books on Music

Books on Music

Here is a small selection of books and DVDs which could be of interest and some use. Ask for advice on specific topics.

Some Great Piano Recordings

Some Great Piano Recordings

"Musik soll nicht schmücken. Sie soll wahr sein." Arnold Schönberg

Rachmaninov plays Rachmaninov


Glenn Gould




Anna Yessipova

Vera Timanova




Myra Hess



Ignaz Friedman







Alicia de Larrocha

Edwin Fischer

Some Music - Great Recordings

Some Great Recordings

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Aldous Huxley

Free Ebooks Download

“You cannot open a book without learning something.” Confucius

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” Garrison Keillor

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Cicero

Here are some websites with free ebooks to download:
Project Gutenberg
Online Books Page
Greek and Latin Texts
The Internet Sacred Text Archive
Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main - Edocs Publikationssystem
The Latin Library

Free Sheet Music Download

The World Wide Web is a useful source of information which is a self-evident part of our lives in the 21st century. The easy accessability to data makes progress much quicker but also sometimes  provokes getting lost on the way.

Here is a collection of some useful links to websites where sheet music is offered for download:

IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library
Project Gutenberg  
Notenarchiv Boris Tarakanov (Russian)
Classon.ru (Russian)
Sheet Music for Children (Russian)
Aperock Sheet Music (Russian)
Every Note
William and Gale Cook Music Library
Les Partitions
WIMA: Werner Icking Music Archive
Free Scores
Free PDF sheet music
The Free Sheet Music Guide                                      
Sheet Music Fox     
Easy Sheet Music    
Free Piano Sheet Music    
Quatre Mains      
Sheet Music Online      
Mozart Noten online   
Kreusch Sheet Music 
Kostenlose Klaviernoten