NEW VIDEO RELEASE: Saint Saëns – Piano Concerto No. 2 – Justin Bird

Earlier this year I was selected winner of the Indiana University Piano Concerto Competition and here is my performance a week later with the IU Orchestra. I had a lot of fun during this performance, as you can tell by the breakneck speeds of movements two and three. Hope you enjoy!

RELEASE: Delius Piano Concerto Video

Finally I can post to say that the Delius Concerto video is finished! It’s been a lot of fun editing, and I’ve learned a whole lot about it along the way. I would appreciate any feedback about it, and hope you enjoy this rare and beautiful piano concerto if you missed it live.

Faure – Nocturne No. 1

Ever since I learned and played Faure’s Theme and Variations, I have been bitten with the Faure bug. His music is very intoxicating, and I have my teacher Marian Hahn to thank for introducing me. Others like Ken Johansen and Roy Howat have also been instrumental in the development of this new love, as their lives intercepted mine. Now at IU I’m in the company of wonderful pianists like Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Emile Naoumoff, the later of the two who has transcribed Faure’s requiem for solo piano!

A 2001 article on Fauré in Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians writes: “He developed a musical idiom all his own; by subtle application of old modes, he evoked the aura of eternally fresh art; by using unresolved mild discords and special coloristic effects, he anticipated procedures of Impressionism; in his piano works, he shunned virtuosity in favor of the Classical lucidity …  the precisely articulated melodic line of his songs is in the finest tradition of French vocal music.”

I hope you enjoy this new addition to my collection of videos… Gabriel Faure’s first Nocturne in Eb minor.

Beethoven Piano Sonata

Hi folks, just to let you know of a new addition today, a live video of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 27 Op. 90. Took me a while to put together because I’m having issues with audio and video syncing. It all seems to change after uploading to youtube, you’ll just have to imagine.

Please share if you enjoy!

Recital Now Available Online

Hi folks!

Its been a while since this site’s seen any action, from both you and I! I think you’ll enjoy this latest addition… a full recital I gave recently in Bloomington, Indiana. The piano was a beautiful hamburg steinway (although voiced to sound more like a new york) in a wonderful acoustic: Auer Hall. I hope you enjoy, please share them around and comment on the soundcloud music player if you like any of the tracks.

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