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The Piano Guys
DisklavierTV debut!
Performance of the Month

Yamaha is pleased to welcome The Piano Guys to DisklavierTV with Yamaha-exclusive videos! Paul Anderson, Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, and Al van der Beek serendipitously joined forces to create the most successful YouTube instrumental music group in history. Billions of views. Millions of followers. Wonders of the World. Concerts in every corner of the globe. Who knew all this could have started in a little Yamaha piano store in a tiny town in Southern Utah?

The Piano Guys have made their mark by taking the piano and cello out of their concert hall context and putting them in places you’d never expect to see them: on a speeding train, a cliff’s edge, a beach, in front of the Seven Wonders. Combining classical music, pop, film score, and original music, The Piano Guys’ mission is to inspire and spread hope through incomparably imaginative music videos filmed all over the world.

Our July Performance of the Month features three of their first DisklavierTV debut video releases, along with engaging Behind The Scenes footage.* Titles include "Arwen’s Vigil", "Bourne Vivaldi," and "Charlie Brown Medley". Grab some popcorn and prepare to be entertained!


*NOTE: Your piano will not play during the special Behind The Scenes segments


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Brian Simpson (Set 1)

Inspired keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician, and producer, Brian Simpson is a master of all he purveys. His eloquent approach to playing, sophisticated harmonics sense, bluesy overtones, R&B flavor, and keen sense on how to craft a song that stands the test of time have made him the go-to man for many. Through the years Simpson has been revered for his unparalleled ability to compose unforgettable melodies and irresistible grooves.

Simpson’s breakthrough as a solo artist began in 2005 with the #1 radio hit “It’s All Good.” The title track of It’s All Good proved instantly and joyfully prophetic, as it hit #1 on the Radio & Records Smooth Jazz Airplay chart and remained in the Top 5 for four months. His follow-up single “Saturday Cool” went Top 15. He has toured with some of the greats of recent jazz history, including George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, George Howard, Billy Cobham, and Gerald Albright.

Brian has been the musical director for jazz saxophonist Dave Koz for close to 20 years, and for close to a decade the Musical Director of the ambitious and highly popular “The Smooth Jazz Cruise.” This performance was originally recorded on August 4, 2016, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.


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Finals - Orchestra Round
2018 Alaska International
Piano-e-Competition

Performance of the Month

Pianists from around the world converged in Fairbanks to compete in the prestigious 2018 Alaska International Piano-e-Competition for more than $65,000 in prizes. Each of the final three performers chose a piano concerto from standard repertoire and performed with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. This program features Timur Mustakimov (Russia) performing Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73, (Emperor)”; Su Yeon Kim (South Korea) performing Rachmininoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme By Paganini, Op. 43”; and KaJeng Wong (Hong Kong) performing Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37.” This uncut, unedited performance was originally broadcast live on May 30, 2018, from Davis Concert Hall in Fairbanks, AK.


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Su Yeon Kim (South Korea)
Third Prize
2018 Alaska International Piano-e-Competition

Pianists from around the world converged in Fairbanks in May 2018 to compete in the prestigious 2018 Alaska International Piano-e-Competition for more than $65,000 in prizes. From an initial round of 24 contestants, the top three finalists vied for the grand prize over the 10-day competition.

This special rebroadcast consists of the solo piano performance from Third Prize winner Su Yeon Kim of South Korea featuring works by Beethoven, Scriabin, Ravel, and Prokofiev. Born in 1994, Su Yeon Kim began her piano studies at the age of 5, and studied at the Korean Institute for the Gifted in Arts and at the Korea National University of Arts. Since 2013, she has continued her studies with Professor Pavel Gililov at the University Salzburg Mozarteum.

She has been awarded top honors in notable competitions: 1st prize and special prize Fundacion Internacional Gomez-Martinez, Compositores de Espana Piano Competition; 1st prize, J. N. Hummel International Piano Competition in Bratislava; 2nd prize, Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition; gold prize, Asia Chopin International Piano Competition; and top prizes at International Tchaikovsky Competition for the Young Musicians and Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition. Su Yeon drew attention when she was a semifinalist at the 17th Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw and at Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

This uncut, unedited performance was originally broadcast live on May 23, 2018, from Davis Concert Hall in Fairbanks, AK.


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Timur Mustakimov (Russia), 2nd Prize
2018 Alaska International
Piano-e-Competition

Pianists from around the world converged in Fairbanks in May 2018 to compete in the prestigious 2018 Alaska International Piano-e-Competition for more than $65,000 in prizes. From an initial round of 24 contestants, the top three finalists vied for the grand prize over the 10-day competition.

This special rebroadcast consists of the solo piano performance from Second Prize winner Timur Mustakimov of Russia featuring works by Scarlatti, Haydn, Scriabin, and Mussorgsky. He began studying piano at the age of eight and won his first regional competition at the age of twelve. Timur attended the Professional Music School for Gifted Children in Kazan, entered Kazan State Conservatory in 2006, and in 2009 was offered a full scholarship for the Master of Music degree in at Mannes School of Music.

Timur enjoys frequent success at competitions, being awarded prizes at the Russian Piano Competition and the International Piano Competition. He participated in PianoSummer Festival in New Paltz and won 1st prize in the Jacob Flier competition. A winner of the Concerto Competition at Mannes, Timur was also Gold Prize winner and audience prize recipient at the Midwest International Piano Competition. He recently was a prize winner and audience choice recipient award at Italy’s Premio Internazionale Pianistico A. Scriabin. His latest CD, Late Russian Romanticism features works by Scriabin and Myaskovsky.

Timur completed his doctoral studies at Kazan Conservatory in 2015 and is currently a doctoral student at Temple University in the Piano Performance program with Dr. Charles Abramovic and is the assistant to Dr. Sara Davis Buechner.

This uncut, unedited performance was originally broadcast live on May 20, 2018, from Davis Concert Hall in Fairbanks, AK, where Timur was also awarded the Schubert Prize for best performance of a Schubert Sonata.


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KaJeng Wong (Hong Kong), 1st Prize
2018 Alaska International
Piano-e-Competition

Pianists from around the world converged in Fairbanks in May 2018 to compete in the prestigious 2018 Alaska International Piano-e-Competition for more than $65,000 in prizes. From an initial round of 24 contestants, the top three finalists vied for the grand prize over the 10-day competition.

This special rebroadcast consists of the solo piano performance from First Prize winner KaJeng Wong of Hong Kong featuring works by Schubert, Scriabin, Messiaen, Takemitsu, and Schumann. KJ rose to public attention due to an unexpected welcoming of his documentary “KJ: Music & Life” in 2009, which won Best Documentary at Golden Horse Awards. He spent four years studying under Prof. Emile Naoumoff at Indiana University Bloomington; participated in festivals such as PianoTexas and Verbier Festival Academy; received guidance from masters such as Menahem Pressler, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Claude Frank, John O’Conor; awarded twice as the concerto competition winner at IUB; and proceeded to the semifinals at competitions at Gina Bachauer, PianoFerrol, Hong Kong International, and to the finals at the Young Artist Audition in New York.

In 2017, he founded the trio SMASH, with saxophonist Timothy Sun and world harmonica champion Cy Leo. KJ is Artist Director for local creative force Music Lab, which has grown its own festival, celebrating artists with creative thoughts and promoting cultural talents of Hong Kong. KJ continues to develop original programs for Music Lab Festival, as well as touring in Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia, and China.

This uncut, unedited performance was originally broadcast live on May 21, 2018, from Davis Concert Hall in Fairbanks, AK, where KJ was also awarded the Chamber Music Prize for best trio performance in the semifinals.


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The Hot Sardines
Performance of the Month

“Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys front-woman with a voice from another era, and you have The Hot Sardines." (www.hotsardines.com) Proclaimed as “one of the best jazz bands in NY today” by Forbes and “consistently electrifying live” by Popmatters, The Hot Sardines are a one-of-a-kind vibrant group of talent that bridge the gap to another era with their own unique style and sound.

Founded by bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer Miz Elizabeth, this powerhouse ensemble takes you back to the glamour and passion of hot jazz in the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s. The Hot Sardines deliver a fun, energetic and transformative performance that you will not want to miss!

This uncut, unedited performance was originally broadcast live on January 17, 2015, from Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ.


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Carol Welsman (Set 1)

Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. She has sold over 60,000 CDs in Canada alone, something few jazz artists in Canada have experienced.

Fluent in French, Italian and Spanish in addition to her native English, Carol blends languages (including Portuguese) and rhythms with a versatile repertoire including swing, samba, R & B, pop and jazz. She delivers a mix of American Songbook classics and original compositions in a style that ranges from sensuous and warm to infectiously energetic. Here, Carol is joined by Ramon Stagnaro (guitar), Rene Camacho (bass), and Jimmy Branly (drums/percussion).

This performance was originally recorded on June 20, 2012, in Long Beach, CA.


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