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Upcoming performances

  • December: 09, 06:30 pm

    Charity concert for the “Nürnberger Tafel“


    Piano recital with Yaxiang You

    works by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms and Dvorak

    Bechstein Center Nürnberg
    Lorenzer Platz 29
    D – 90402 Nürnberg

    Bechstein Centrum Nürnberg

  • December: 16, 07:00 pm

    Piano recital with Yaxiang You


    Romanticism in works by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms and Dvorak

    Museum near the Cathredal
    Bischof Stein-Platz 1
    D-54290 Trier

    Museum Bistum Trier

  • January: 21, 07:00 pm

    from Mozart to Ravel - development of the piano playing technique


    commented concert
    Wolfgang Manz and Yaxiang You
    Concert of the Mozartverein1829Nürnberg eV

    Königstrasse 79
    D-90402 Nürnberg

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pianistic tone production

pianistic tone production

This snapshot shows the crucial moment of a pianistic tone production: By pressing down a key the accelerated hammer lifts the damper, thus hitting against the 3 chords causing them to vibrate freely. This seemingly simple but in fact very complex process symbolizes one of my basic pianistical principles : Discovering the sensual beauty of the piano sound by a prepared, controlled touch, evading the common image of treating it like a percussion instrument by “hurting” ( unluckily provoked by the german word “Anschlag”). Even after 40 years of performing on this unique combination of key – and string instrument, a truly ingenious product of human phantasy and power of imagination , I am still fascinated by its secrets of sound origination which can never be rationally disclosed or explained.

The unlimited possibilities of sound differenciation, of articulation, of legato playing in accordance with a stylistically flexible pedalization have always been the stimulus for my occupation as pianist and my dedication to that wonderful musical instrument and its rich, immense repertoire.

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