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theartsdesk at Leipzig's Blüthner Piano Factory - a perfect family business

David Nice

Have you ever wondered why the Steinway grand piano is invariably the instrument of choice in every hall you visit, great or small? Why do the halls in question not offer a choice between two or three pianos of different manufacture, as so many did before the Second World War?

Ismaili a Go-Go: How the Aga Khan funded a music renaissance

Peter Culshaw

Many of us recognise that rather striking modernist building in Cromwell Gardens near South Kensington tube, having seen it on the way to the V&A or perhaps a Prom at the Albert Hall but not been sure what it is exactly. I hadn't actually been inside until last week when I was given a guided tour. The space was discussed at one point as a potential site for the National Theatre.

'That brick red frock with flowers...

Roger Neill

The well-known portrait of New Zealand’s greatest writer, Katherine Mansfield, is exactly 100 years old on 17 June 2018 (main picture). It was...

theartsdesk at the Setúbal Music Festival 2018:...

David Nice

"Get those creatures off the stage, or I won't answer for what I'll do". The exclamation of the Prima Donna in the backstage prologue of Richard...

Michael Chance on continuing opera in Hampshire...

Michael Chance

Out of the blue comes a phone call. A freelance career is based on those to a certain extent. Certainly mine has been. But this one was a bit...

Franco Fagioli on performing the Baroque: 'a challenge is to interpret beyond the musical notation'

Franco Fagioli

The Argentinian countertenor on the pleasures and challenges of singing Handel and Co

Ryuichi Sakamoto: 'Ideally I'm recording all the time, 24 hours a day' - interview

Joe Muggs

From Xenakis to Oneohtrix Point Never via Bowie and Bootsy, Sakamoto recalls an extraordinary life in music

Michel Hazanavicius: 'Losing himself is how he found himself'

Demetrios Matheou

The Oscar-winning director's new film, 'Redoubtable', charts the turning point in the life and career of the legendary Jean-Luc Godard

Jazz FM Awards 2018 - a banner year for Ezra Collective

Peter Quinn

Free jazz icons to bona fide jazz royalty are honoured at the fifth edition of the Awards

theartsdesk in Ramallah - the music biz turns its sights on Palestine

Peter Culshaw

A new music Expo aims to highlight a music culture with massive potential

10 Questions for Courtney Pine: 'How do you express rage?'

Matthew Wright

Pioneering solo jazz artist hails the community of jazz

theartsdesk in Bremen: 150 years of A German Requiem

David Nice

Paavo Järvi conducts Brahms's dramatic masterpiece in its original cathedral location

Helaine Blumenfeld: Britain’s most successful sculptor you’ve never heard of

Rupert Edwards

The director of a new Sky Arts documentary profile of the sculptor explores her work

theartsdesk in Kraków - Easter music with a British focus

Miranda Heggie

Edinburgh’s Dunedin Consort in residence at one of Poland’s flagship music festivals

Soprano Ruby Hughes on Handel's last prima donna

Ruby Hughes

Giulia Frasi researched and reincarnated in a much-loved singer's latest CD

Manon, Royal Ballet review - glitter and betray

David Nice

Francesca Hayward makes a virtue of a pleasure-loving enigma in pacy MacMillan revival

theartsdesk at the Lucerne Easter Festival: Haitink, Schiff and an alternative Passion

David Nice

Greatest living conductor lights the way as mentor in three days of musical excellence

Glyndebourne Opera Cup - a view from inside

Jessica Duchen

A Mozartian challenge pulls its weight at prestigious new forum for young singers

Listed: The 10 Best Biblical Novels

Michael Arditti

An Easter pick of Scriptural stories that command belief

Sir Matthew Bourne remembers Scott Ambler 1960-2018 – 'A prince among men'

Matthew Bourne

New Adventures Artistic Director's tribute to his core collaborator and star performer

'There's a poetry in painting that gives endless possibilities'

Alexandra Baraitser

Painter Alexandra Baraitser on curating her sixth exhibition, 'Silent Painting'

Antony Sher: Year of the Mad King - extract

Antony Sher

The actor's Lear Diaries tell of his preparation to clamber up theatre's tallest peak for the RSC

'In order to write my book I had to kill Jane Austen'

Rachel Halliburton

Rachel Halliburton's novel The Optickal Illusion confronts the settled narrative of Regency heroines

theartsdesk in Korea: national pride and candour

Peter Quantrill

Music and art without borders in a country cut in half

Oscars 2018: The shape of a snoozefest

Matt Wolf

Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman and 'The Shape of Water' triumph at a very serious ceremony

theartsdesk in Germany - Baltic mastery in Berlin and Leipzig

David Nice

Neeme Järvi conducts an Estonian epic, Latvian Andris Nelsons becomes 21st Gewandhauskapellmeister

theartsdesk in Minsk: feasting with Belarus Free Theatre

Jasper Rees

The renowned underground theatre company confronts the past and present at home and abroad

'The greatest play ever written': translating The Cherry Orchard

Rory Mullarkey

Rory Mullarkey introduces his new version of Chekhov's masterpiece for Bristol Old Vic

Tony Banks: ‘You either do it by diplomacy or you do it by violence’ - interview

Adam Sweeting

From Genesis to regeneration, the keyboard player's tale

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