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Soundboard

Soundboard features conversations on artistry and craftsmanship between Ben Finane, Editor in Chief at Steinway & Sons, and distinguished pianists, musicians, artists, and creatives. Soundboard seeks out inspiration, hones in on the creative process, parses influences, and attempts to diagnose artistic greatness.

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  • 20.08.2021
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    28:43
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    Soundboard: Branford Marsalis

    Branford Marsalis joins Soundboard to discuss his Emmy®–nominated score for the History Channel documentary TULSA BURNING: THE 1921 RACE RIOT.

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  • 24.07.2021
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    26:22
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    Soundboard: Tiffany Poon

    Pianist Tiffany Poon discusses bringing humanism back to classical music via YouTube — and expresses her love for Robert and Clara Schumann.

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  • 10.07.2021
    32 MB
    38:29
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    Soundboard: Khatia Buniatishvili

    The pianist Khatia Buniatishvili speaks to the intimacy of performance, finding her own rhythm, and her love for Schubert and Liszt.

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  • 25.06.2021
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    19:22
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    Soundboard: On Alfred Brendel

    Composer Daniel Felsenfeld wonders at the brilliance of Steinway Artist Alfred Brendel.

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  • 04.06.2021
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    15:24
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    Soundboard: On Van Cliburn

    Steinway Immortal Van Cliburn and legacy of classical music in America

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  • 22.05.2021
    26 MB
    30:57
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    Soundboard: Kris Bowers

    Steinway Artist and Emmy Award–winning composer Kris Bowers takes us inside penning the soundtracks to such projects as GREEN BOOK and BRIDGERTON.

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  • 08.05.2021
    18 MB
    21:45
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    Soundboard: Mahani Teave

    Steinway Artist Mahani Teave hails from Rapa Nui, aka Easter Island. Teave is the first professional concert pianist from Rapa Nui. But after years spent concertizing all over the world, she returned to her island and founded a music school.

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  • 10.04.2021
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    25:54
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    Soundboard: Ann Mincieli

    Ann Mincieli is owner and operator of Jungle City Studios in New York City and longtime recording engineer for Alicia Keys. She takes us behind the scenes of a session in her studio.

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  • 26.03.2021
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    23:05
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    Soundboard: Jeanne Golan

    Steinway Artist Jeanne Golan takes us inside her latest release on the Steinway & Sons label, ‘It Takes One To Tango.’

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  • 12.03.2021
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    39:18
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    Soundboard: Ray Angry

    Steinway Artist Ray Angry takes us on his journey from classical pianist to polymath producer.

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  • 19.02.2021
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    34:45
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    Soundboard: Sandy Jimenez

    Comic book artist and writer Sandy Jimenez pens illustrated stories about the South Bronx. He joins Soundboard to discuss his craft.

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  • 05.02.2021
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    32:34
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    Soundboard: John Corigliano

    Pulitzer Prize–winning composer and Steinway Artist John Corigliano talks about improvising at the keyboard, his compositional process, and a legacy of teaching.

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  • 23.01.2021
    26 MB
    31:12
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    Soundboard: Amir Siraj

    Young Steinway Artist Amir Siraj is completing a dual degree in astrophysics and piano performance. His research has explored the moon, comets, asteroids, black holes, and, of course, Beethoven.

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  • 23.01.2021
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    39:25
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    Soundboard: Anne-Sophie Mutter

    The violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter speaks on arts advocacy, Beethoven, John Williams, and her process behind learning new music.

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  • 23.01.2021
    28 MB
    33:25
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    Soundboard: Isaac Mizrahi

    The fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi sees fashion as telling stories of women’s lives. He discusses the intersection of music and fashion, couture vs. QVC, his new concert series — and becoming himself.

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  • 23.01.2021
    29 MB
    32:38
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    Soundboard: Eric Whitacre

    The Grammy Award–winning composer and conductor discusses how he writes choral music — as well as his influences and technological ventures.

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  • 23.01.2021
    27 MB
    32:10
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    Soundboard: Lauren Sclafani

    Piano Technician and Audio Engineer Lauren Sclafani discusses her craft.

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  • 23.01.2021
    24 MB
    28:51
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    Soundboard: Lenny Kravitz

    Singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist-rockstar-designer Lenny Kravitz talks inspiration for his music and for the Kravitz Grand Limited Edition from Steinway & Sons.

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  • 23.01.2021
    32 MB
    39:03
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    Soundboard: Kenneth Jones

    New York City–based playwright Kenneth Jones discusses his craft — and the streaming premiere of his 2015 play ALABAMA STORY at Oak Ridge Playhouse.

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  • 23.01.2021
    19 MB
    23:26
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    Soundboard: Drew Magary

    Writer, novelist and columnist Drew Magary talks about the twenty-first-century shift in the media landscape and the launch of Defector, a new subscription-only sports blog and media company.

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  • 23.01.2021
    26 MB
    30:54
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    Soundboard: Christopher Tin

    The composer Christopher Tin, on the occasion of his latest release — To Shiver The Sky (Decca Gold) — speaks to keeping your music in listeners’ ears.

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  • 23.01.2021
    26 MB
    30:50
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    Soundboard: Michael Gallant

    The pianist Michael Gallant discusses how he creates solo-piano covers of rock classics.

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  • 23.01.2021
    19 MB
    22:45
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    Soundboard: Ahmad Jamal

    Steinway Artist Ahmad Jamal discusses his influences and approach to music.

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  • 23.01.2021
    17 MB
    20:33
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    Soundboard: Vera Anselmo

    Vera Anselmo, founder and artistic director of The Piano School of New York City, discusses music education for the underserved.

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  • 23.01.2021
    21 MB
    25:37
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    Soundboard: C. Brian Williams

    Step Afrika! founder and executive director C. Brian Williams holds forth on the tradition of stepping, a dance form that uses the body as an instrument.

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  • 23.01.2021
    31 MB
    37:45
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    Soundboard: Chad Lawson

    Composer and Steinway Artist Chad Lawson unpacks his philosophy behind his minimalist aesthetic.

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  • 23.01.2021
    19 MB
    23:13
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    Soundboard: Ramsey Lewis

    Steinway Artist and NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis reveals how he has benefited from remaining open to what could be.

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  • 23.01.2021
    17 MB
    20:25
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    Soundboard: Anny Hwang

    Steinway Artist Anny Hwang talks about making classical music more flexible and getting her Gershwin to groove.

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  • 23.01.2021
    21 MB
    25:29
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    Soundboard: Peter Bence

    Pianist, composer, arranger, and producer Peter Bence discusses his approach to pop covers and composition — and how he built a YouTube following of millions.

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  • 23.01.2021
    31 MB
    37:01
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    Soundboard: Connie Han

    Steinway Artist Connie Han talks jazz influences and the importance of a jazz language we can all comprehend.

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  • 23.01.2021
    23 MB
    27:43
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    Soundboard: Matt Rollings

    Steinway Artist Matt Rollings discusses lessons learned from the many legends he has worked with over the course of his illustrious career as a pianist, composer, arranger and producer.

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  • 23.01.2021
    29 MB
    34:54
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    Soundboard: Pascal Rogé

    Steinway Artist Pascal Rogé reveals why there is always more to say about Claude Debussy.

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  • 23.01.2021
    37 MB
    43:49
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    Soundboard: Vijay Iyer

    Steinway Artist Vijay Iyer talks influence, responsibility, jazz, hip-hop, and the importance of right now.

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  • 23.01.2021
    20 MB
    23:59
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    Soundboard: Ric'key Pageot

    Steinway Artist Ric'key Pageot discusses performing with Madonna — and introduces us to speakeasy-soul / prohibition-funk.

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  • 23.01.2021
    30 MB
    35:57
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    Soundboard: Stephen Brown

    Stephen Brown is an avid crafter and crafty fellow who created Glitterville, which offers handcrafted ornaments for every occasion.

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  • 23.01.2021
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    22:03
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    Soundboard: The 5 Browns

    Steinway Artists The 5 Browns are five sibling pianists who are also five Juilliard–trained pianists. They discuss playing together on their latest album, Christmas with The 5 Browns, available on the Steinway & Sons label.

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  • 23.01.2021
    27 MB
    32:31
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    Soundboard: Mason Bates

    Grammy Award–winning composer Mason Bates speaks to the wedding of classical music and electronica.

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  • 23.01.2021
    22 MB
    26:35
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    Soundboard: Harry Connick, Jr.

    Steinway Artist Harry Connick, Jr. takes us inside his new album — True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter — on which he plays piano, sings, orchestrates, arranges and conducts.

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  • 23.01.2021
    27 MB
    32:44
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    Soundboard: Ralph Alessi

    Jazz trumpeter and composer Ralph Alessi talks about the practice of improvisation and the art of jazz.

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  • 23.01.2021
    19 MB
    22:44
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    Soundboard: Robert Glasper (The Prequel)

    Steinway Artist Robert Glasper launched the Soundboard podcast. In honor of the multi–Grammy winning jazz pianist's October takeover at Blue Note New York, we offer a prequel interview with Glasper, live from the Steinway Factory in New York City.

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  • 23.01.2021
    19 MB
    23:26
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    Soundboard: Jesse Carmichael

    Steinway Artist Jesse Carmichael took a year-and-a-half hiatus from the chart-topping pop-rock band Maroon Five to pursue studies in music and the healing arts. During this time, he started a musical side project called 1863. He speaks to Soundboard producer/host Ben Finane about his influences, and writing and performing music.

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  • 23.01.2021
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    Soundboard: Stewart Copeland

    If you still think of Stewart Copeland as the progressive drummer for the seminal rock band The Police, that’s so “four operas ago.” His second act as a film composer and performing-arts collaborator has been unfolding for over thirty years. He speaks to Soundboard producer/host Ben Finane about his experiences in and lessons gleaned from orchestral music.

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  • 23.01.2021
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    21:17
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    Soundboard: John O'Conor

    Steinway Artist John O'Conor discusses his love for Haydn Sonatas and John Field Nocturnes with Soundboard producer/host Ben Finane at New York City's Steinway Hall.

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  • 23.01.2021
    26 MB
    31:14
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    Soundboard: David Fung

    Steinway Artist David Fung discusses his forthcoming album of Mozart sonatas for the Steinway & Sons label with Soundboard producer/host Ben Finane in New York City.

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  • 23.01.2021
    23 MB
    27:48
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    Soundboard: Regina Spektor

    Steinway Artist Regina Spektor talks about her creative process in advance of her five-concert retrospective on Broadway. The Soviet–born American singer–songwriter spoke to Soundboard producer/host Ben Finane at New York City's Steinway Hall.

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  • 23.01.2021
    26 MB
    31:39
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    Soundboard: Olga Kern

    Steinway Artist Olga Kern, who won the eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001, speaks to Soundboard producer/host Ben Finane at New York City's Steinway Hall about her love for the music of Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff.

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  • 23.01.2021
    19 MB
    23:21
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    Soundboard: Scott Price

    Steinway Artist Scott Price is the musical director for Céline Dion, one of the best-selling artists of all time. Price takes us behind-the-scenes of working with the diva superstar.

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  • 23.01.2021
    29 MB
    34:53
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    Soundboard: Michael Idov

    Michael Idov's fortunes as a writer dramatically changed for the better following the publication in 2005 of “Bitter Brew”, an article he penned for Slate.com about his failed business venture to launch a café in New York City.

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  • 23.01.2021
    24 MB
    28:49
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    Soundboard: Sean Jones

    Sean Jones, trumpeter and bandleader for NYO Jazz (Carnegie Hall’s Jazz National Youth Orchestra), talks jazz, race, and music education.

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  • 23.01.2021
    29 MB
    35:23
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    Soundboard: Simon Mulligan

    Steinway Artist Simon Mulligan is the most recorded pianist for the Steinway & Sons Spirio, the world’s finest high resolution player piano. Mulligan discusses his arrangements for the instrument, including songs by Queen, with Soundboard producer and host Ben Finane.

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