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Van Cliburn in concert in 1993.

Read Memories Of Van Cliburn From Medalists

March 4, 2013 – Van Cliburn competition winners remember the great pianist, who died last month at age 78.

At age 21, Russian Daniil Trifonov is making a huge impression in the piano world.

Watch Pianist Daniil Trifonov: Disappearing Into Chopin WGBH

February 6, 2013 – After winning two major competitions, the 21-year-old Russian is reaching for piano perfection. WGBH

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Pianist Vanessa Perez performs at NPR in Washington, D.C.

Listen Kept From Playing Piano, Vanessa Perez Pushes Through To Success APM

June 4, 2012 – A rising Venezuelan pianist explains how she overcame her mother's fears to pursue her destiny. APM

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Pianist Vanessa Perez performs at NPR in Washington, D.C.

Read Vanessa Perez: A Rising Star From Venezuela

May 27, 2012 – A new star out of El Sistema says that her goal in playing Chopin is honesty over prettiness.

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Nikolai Lugansky carries on the tradition of the grand Russian pianist.

Listen Nikolai Lugansky's Power And Repose

July 13, 2011 – Hear an outstanding Russian pianist play Chopin and rarely heard Rachmaninov in recital.

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Dmitri Shostakovich topped our informal "who's the most badass composer" poll.

Watch Which Composer Is The Biggest Badass?

June 27, 2011 – An idle query on Twitter ignites a fun debate.

Stephen Hough: "Chopin: Late Masterpieces" cover art

Read The Top 5 Chopin And Schumann Albums of 2010 WVXU

December 22, 2010 – It was a good year for birthday boys Chopin and Schumann. WGUC picks some great CDs of their music. WVXU

Pianist Murray Perahia

Listen Murray Perahia: Bonding With Bach And Chopin APM

March 26, 2010 – Hear the celebrated pianist play Chopin and Bach, and discuss their music in the NPR studio. APM

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Pianist Rafal Blechacz

Listen Rafal Blechacz's Single-Minded Chopin APM

March 23, 2010 – Hear the young, award-winning Polish pianist play Chopin and Mozart in the NPR studio. APM

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Pianist Adam Neiman

Listen A Chopin Ballade To Blow You Away APM

March 15, 2010 – Hear pianist Adam Neiman tear into the ferocious and tender music of Chopin, and a piece of his own. APM

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Frederic Chopin

Read The Life And Music Of Frederic Chopin

March 2, 2010 – No one before or since Chopin has contributed as many significant works to the piano's repertoire.

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Mazurka

Listen A World Of Expression In A Tiny Chopin Mazurka APM

March 2, 2010 – Commentator Rob Kapilow explains Chopin's condensed expression in a three-minute Mazurka. APM

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Meg White of The White Stripes

Listen The White Stripes, Sharon Jones, Chopin And More

March 1, 2010 – We celebrate Chopin's 200th with an impromptu, plus music from Owen Pallett, Pantha du Prince, more.

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chopin death bed

Listen Chopin's Iconic Funeral March

March 1, 2010 – No one made funeral music quite like Frederic Chopin, the Polish composer born 200 years ago Monday.

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Pianist Artur Rubinstein cuts a rug

Listen Chopin With A Polish Touch

February 28, 2010 – NPR's Tom Huizenga and Guy Raz spin recordings by Polish pianists honoring their countryman.

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