In-Tune, the Piano World Newsletter

Happy Musical New Year!

January 2012



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And so We Begin a New Year

Thank you for being a part of the Piano World family!
It's been a pleasure to share our love of all things piano with you.
Piano World and the Piano Forums were created to help spread the joy of playing piano, and to encourage more people to take up (or return to) the instrument.

Over the years we've continued to grow thanks to people just like you. People who enjoy the piano, whether it's playing, listening, fixing, selling, or a combination of these we are all fascinated by the piano.
Whatever your involvement with the piano I hope you will continue in 2012, and that you will encourage others to play piano. Don't forget to invite them to join our Piano Forums.
And speaking of the Piano Forums, some members started a thread In Support of PW . If you'd like to see how you can help, please check out the thread, or our Support Options page. Thanks for your help!
2011 - Our Year in Numbers

2011 has been a pretty good year for us. Even though business has been down a bit, we've had the pleasure of adding over 6000 new members (welcome to each of you) and watched our piano forums grow to 1.8 million posts.

Many of those posts are from people looking for information about pianos because they wanted to purchase one. Often times it was their first piano. Happily many of these turned into excited posts about their new piano (always one of my favorite post topics).

How many posts talk about My New Piano? Do a search on the Forums using "My New Piano" as the search string (and yes, include the quotes). The results? 384,000 times! Now granted that includes single posts that contain "my new piano" more than once, but still it's a LOT of happy new piano owners (shameless plug: one more reason why advertising on Piano World is a no brainer if you are in the piano business).

A few more numbers...

In the last 30 days Piano World enjoyed 620,561 unique visitors.
That works out to over 20,685 Unique Visitors A DAY!
(Numbers were taken directly from our Google analytics which are somewhat under reported because they aren't collecting data from every page of Piano World).

We also received nearly 3 million page views in the last 30 days, an average of almost 100,000 page views a day!
Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory Tour

Pictures from our tour

I know, the tour was way back in October, but this is the first time I've had a chance to tell you all that there are some pictures and comments posted about the tour.
Tour of the Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory from Friday Oct. 7, 2011
Mason & Hamlin Tour Details - Click Here

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank our friends at Mason & Hamlin for yet another steller tour of their piano factory. And if that's not enough, we ended the tour with a great meal up in the showroom and had the pleasure of playing some newly minted pianos.

Unfortunately the management team and owners couldn't be there this time around, but we were so well taken care of I'm not sure anybody noticed :-)

Watch the forums and these newsletters for the next tour, hopefully in 2012.
Are you Attending NAMM 2012?

We will be there 01/19-01/23
If you are a piano Dealer, Mover, Restoration House, or Manufacturer we would love to have the opportunity to show you why advertising on Piano World makes good sense for your business.
In fact we are offering Special NAMM Time Deals. Even if you aren't interested in advertising at this time, we'd love to meet you!

Speaking of NAMM, the Living Legends concert looks like it will be wild NAMM Living Legends Concert
Welcome to newest Who's Who member: Fred Karpoff


Fred Karpoff is our newest member of Who's Who on Piano World.
Fred Karpoff has performed as both soloist and collaborative pianist on four continents, including prominent venues in Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Finland, Italy, China, and the United States. As guest artist at major music festivals in the U.S. and Europe, he has collaborated with many of America’s foremost musicians. He is the pianist of the Boccaccio Trio.

Our Who's Who on Piano World forum is a place for professional pianist to post their profiles. It is limited to people who make their living playing the piano.
If this describes you and you'd like to add your profile, get the details here Adding your details to Who's Who on Piano World
Piano Tour of Germany & Austria in the News
Our tour of Germany & Austria in June was amazing! As many of you know we organized a tour in Germany and Austria of piano factories, composer's homes, music museums, and much more.

Piano World in Print
Making Music Magazine - Nov/Dec issue has a wonderful article about our European Piano Tour. See it online here: Making Music Magazine - Piano World European Tour Article
As it turns out the Piano World Tour article was one of the Most Popular Articles in Making Music Magazine for 2011
If you missed the tour, you missed a great time. Let us know if you'd be interested in joining us for the next great tour, aiming for 2013. The tour was incredible, we had such a wonderful time.

You can see some pictures and comments in the following thread, please check it out... Piano & Musical Tour - Europe 2011 Click Here for Pictures and Reports Now!

Cape Cod Party Picts

We had a wonderful PWPF party on beautiful Cape Cod in October. Now in addition to the regular pictures, we have...
And now with Recordings: Cape Cod Piano Party Recordings And videos: Cape Cod Piano Party Videos

And while Kathy and I were up in New England for the Mason & Hamlin tour and the Cape Cod piano party we took a Foliage trip to NH

Speaking of trips, we also drove up through TN, NC, SC, and GA recently. Stayed at a lovely bed & breakfast in NC. The old victorian Inn even had a baby grand in the parlor, available for guests to play.
I posted Pictures of our trip on Facebook.
Concerts, Recitals & Competitions


NOTE: Additional Concert Information can be found here: Concerts, Recitals, Competitions

Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp!
The Palladium’s third annual Boogie Woogie/Blues Piano Stomp returns with an exciting new lineup of artists. The show features two grand pianos, four great pianists, doing solo turns and coming together for a rockin’ jam session to close out the show. Boogie Woogie / Blues Piano Stomp Details


Denver ABF Piano Party orginally scheduled for December has been moved to January 16, 2012. If you are in that area, check out the post.

The National Young Maestro Competition's 2012 season is gearing up for auditions, students of all ages and levels are encouraged to apply within their appropriate category. Winners concert will be held in MERKIN CONCERT HALL in NYC. All Gold Medalists will be receiving a cash prize. More Details about National Young Maestro Competition

American Protege, a promoter of some of the most prestigious music competitions for young performers and professional musicians announced its new season schedule:
International Piano and Strings Competition 2012
Winners Concerts - on March 11 and April 8, 2012 at the Carnegie Hall. Application Deadline - January 20, 2012. Details

International Concerto Competition 2012
Winners Concert - April 8, 2012 at the Carnegie Hall. Application Deadline – January 27, 2012. Details

International Music Talent Competition 2012
- Extended Repertoire Program (Classical repertoire, Folk/Traditional, Broadway/Musical Theatre, Jazz. Winners Concert - April 8, 2012 at the Carnegie Hall. Application Deadline - March 1, 2012. Details

American Fine Arts Festival
The American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF), now in its 9th season, is gearing up for 2012 and would like wish everyone a Happy New Year and extend all music teachers and piano students a warm invitation to our upcoming series of competition events.

As you may know, the AFAF holds in-person auditions for our regular season program in the following states: Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, California, Connecticut as well as in Washington, DC.

We invite students who are not able to audition in person to submit a hi-fi VHS videocassette or DVD recording of their audition by mail. Winners of our regular season program will play in a recital at one of our performance venues, which this year include the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Yamaha Piano Salon, Dicapo Opera Theatre Concert Hall as well as the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center.

A special prize, instituted this year in collaboration with the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, will be ... More Details about the American Fine Arts Festival

PianoForte Events (IL)
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3
JOEL FAN, piano
Program:
Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
Leon Kirchner(1919-2009): Piano sonata no. 3 “The Forbidden” (*Written for Joel Fan (2006))
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (solo piano version)
Broadcast live on 98.7 WFMT and www.wfmt.com
Sherwood Community Music School, 1312 S. Michigan Ave.
12:15 PM
FREE admission
For more information: www.pianofortefoundation.org or (312) 291-0291

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11
PATRICIA BARBER, piano & vocals
Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with groundbreaking singer/songwriter Patricia Barber, whom Jazz Police calls “one of the most celebrated mavericks in the 21st century.”
410 S. Michigan Ave., Studio 825
5:00 PM & 7:00 PM
$20 ($10 students)
For more information: www.pianofortefoundation.org or (312) 291-0291

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
PIANO + PAINTING
Music inspires art in the moment as visual artists create original paintings to the improvised music of pianist Justin Dillard and his trio.
410 S. Michigan Ave., 10th Floor (Curtiss Hall)
7:00 PM
$20 ($10 students)
For more information: www.pianofortefoundation.org or (312) 291-0291

Remember, if you know of any piano concerts, competitions, or events ... let us know!
You can post in this section of the piano forums (and/or email us) Piano Concerts - Competitions - Events
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Do you ever visit our other forums?
What do I mean? Many of our members (and guests) find a specific forum from our list and stay with that one forum.

Now if you are primarily interested in discussing playing the piano with other pianist, you probably do want to mostly visit the Pianist Corner, or the Pianist Corner - Non Classical.

If you are searching for a new piano or curious about your old/current one, you likely want to be visiting the forum called Piano Forum.
Even so, you may find it interesting to pop into the Piano Tuner-Technician's forum, or the Teachers Forum occasionally just to see what is going on.

Or maybe drop in on the Digital Piano Forum to see what the latest keyboards are all about and what people are saying about them.

Did you even know we have an entire section of forums Just For Fun?
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Than we have the Mechanical Music Forum for discussions about player pianos, nickelodians, music boxes, and other mechanical musical instruments.

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