On the Keys

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On the Keys is about the most versatile of instruments, the piano. But it also features the organ, the harpsichord and most anything that has a keyboard or manual. All genres are fair game, including song cycles, concertos, sonatas, amplified piano, even the piano in the symphony orchestra. 

Play along with the keyboard question each week. Send answers to keys@scpublicradio.org and if you get the answer correct your name will be read on one of the following shows. No using the internet!


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The New Sergei Rachmaninoff?

Aug 29, 2016
Photo by Marco Borggreve


 Ivan Moshchuk is a Detroit based pianist and winner of the 2010 Gilmore Young Artist award. He is also a fine composer, or was a composer. Hear his lovely piece,  Album Leaf that's reminiscent of Sergei Rachmaninoff and learn why he can't focus on too many things at once. Currently he is a pianist, but let's hope this program is an encouragement to him to continue composing.  Piano Concerto any one? 

Your Compositions featured on On The Keys

Aug 25, 2016
Carla Rees

This week on On the Keys, the Canadian composer Chris Harman's piano piece After Schumann I will be featured on the Your Compositions movement of the show. 

Have you written piano piece  after  the year 2000? Your Compositions is open to submissions. Please send inquires to host David Kiser at keys@scpublicradio.org.

  Thursday night at 8:00 on ETV Radio's Classical Stations, On the Keys​ features the 15-year-old pianist Elisabeth Tsai. Last year Elisabeth won first place at the Music Teachers National Association Competition (MTNA). More telling of her artistic ability, at the same competition, she won the Chopin Prize, which is given to the best performance of a work by Chopin. You will hear her play the Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise by Chopin that was recorded during the winner’s concert in Chicago.

 On the Nov 8th  edition of On The Keys piano students from the upstate got a chance to perform on historical pianos from the Carolina Clavier Collection curated by Thomas Strange. Yu Jung Jeon a high school junior and Melvina Kuoshu play music by Haydn on a type of piano he would have used in London in the 1790s. Annabelle Yang performs Chopin on a piano that Frederick Chopin actually played during his visit to England in 1848.

Vadym Kholodenko
Gina Bachauer

Vadym Kholodenko won the Gold Medal at the 13th International Van Cliburn Piano Competition. On this week’s On the Keys, host David Kiser interviews Vadym. He then plays Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra led by Edvard Tchivzhel. In between, he plays a Polka by Rachmaninoff that enamored audiences last year in Greenville, in an impromptu performance at an after-party.  Though he has won one of the most well-known piano competitions, Vadym shares his distaste for competitions in the interview. 

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