FEATURE Interview: Elisso Bolkvadze
A recipient of prestigious UNESCO Award Artists for Peace, the beautiful Elisso Bolkvadze juggles her busy life of an internationally recognized piano performer, Organizer of Batumi Music Fest, Director of Lyra Charitable Foundation for young musicians and Co-Director of Michel Sogny's SOS Talents Foundation.
Does she have time to stop and smell the roses?
We caught Ms. Bolkvadze during one of her rare quiet moments for a feature interview.
THE ART OF PIANO PERFORMANCE:
MEET DOTAN NEGRIN
As I was browsing the Internet, page after page, I stumbled upon an interesting phenomenon of a pianist who turned his passion for playing piano into a life journey. Literally. He quit his day job, packed up his piano, grabbed his dog, and got on the road to play piano around the world.
GENERATION Z: The Story of Yoav
The 21st Century has brought us many piano child prodigies from all over the world. A young Israeli pianist, Yoav Levanon's (MGBH), however, with experience of performing at Carnegie Hall at 7, prefers not to be labeled as such. After an interview with Yoav, I understood why.
THE PIANO BRAIN: MUSIC AND MINDSET
Ludwig van Beethoven (OBM) showed scant respect for those who generated their sense of worth through birthright alone. In his view, achievement and success were the result of effort and perseverance. But most people see it differently.
PIANO CONCEPTS:
APOSTOL TNOKOVSKY,
The Hydra, and The Wave...
There are many piano designs out there ranging from traditional to modern. Each one represents a unique vision of an artist reflecting his personal style. The two designs of an up and coming talented Macedonian product designer Apostol Tnokovsky (MGBH) strike us with....
VENUES: DALHALLA
Located at the bottom of a quarry next to a beautiful emerald lake with potable water, Dalhalla is one of the most beautiful performance venues in the world.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
SAMUEL QUINTO -
THE MASTER OF LATIN JAZZ
With this issue of Piano Performer Magazine, we are starting a new section featuring members of American Council of Piano Performers (ACPP). Mr. Samuel Quinto is the first International ACPP member to be featured in this magazine.
REVISITING HISTORY:
THE STORY OF ANNA MAGDALENA BACH
In this issue of Piano Performer Magazine, we are inviting you to revisit history and look at Anna Magdalena Bach, the second wife of the Grand Maestro, from a different angle. A wife, a mother, an accomplished musician in her own merit, she intrigues and sparks curiosity.
SHARING IS CARING:
Pre-Screening Recording Tips
With the end of the summer festival season, a new school year has arrived, and for many young pianists so has the college application process. Perhaps, the most important aspect of applying for music schools is the pre-screening recording that determines which applicants are invited for a live audition in the winter.

CREDITS

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Esther BashaCREATIVE DIRECTOR
Monica Salucci
EDITOR
Tanya Levy
GRAPHIC DESIGN
John Bardham
Erika Molts
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
Alex Davydovich
Tanya Levy
Jacqueline Leung
Michael Refvem
Michael Griffin

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