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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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.



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


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.


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.


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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