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Eighteen-year-old Tanya Gabrielian's true dedication to music revealed itself one eventful day during kung fu practice. A Harvard biomedical engineering student on a gap year at London's Royal Academy of Music, she kicked, slipped, and fell forward. But instead of shielding her head with her hands, instinctively, the pianist-violist pulled her hands back, risking injury to her head in order to spare the tools of her music.

Watch: Sapphire Trio Live From Studio B

Jul 9, 2018

The Sapphire Trio is Maxine Ramey, clarinet; Margaret Nichols-Baldridge, violin; Jody Graves, piano. They joined us to play live from Studio B, July 6, 2018. Here they are playing part of movement 4 of "Sunny Days" for clarinet, violin and piano by Rick Sowash.

Paul Nonnenmacher (at the far piano) plays his arrangement of Franz Liszt's La Campanella, along with Scott Koljonen, live on Montana Public Radio March 08, 2017.
Josh Burnham

The Pianissimo! crew joined us in the studio for a live session March 08, 2017. A dozen pianists shared two pianos and took turns playing songs for four and six hands.

Paul Nonnenmacher (at the far piano) plays his arrangement of Franz Liszt's La Campanella, along with Scott Koljonen, live on Montana Public Radio March 08, 2017.

The American Piano Quartet from left to right:  Scott Holden, Robin Hancock, Del Parkinson, Jeffrey Shumway.
Josh Burnham

"If you've ever heard a piano quartet performed, chances are the piece was either composed or arranged by these guys," says Christopher Hahn of the UM School of Music. "Two pianos, eight hands, the sound is truly symphonic. Nobody does it better."

The American Piano Quartet will be featured at the Celebrate Piano series from the UM School of Music on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Dennison Theater in Missoula. They'll perform at 7:30 p.m. They stopped by Montana Public Radio to give a taste of what they have planned.

Philip Aaberg kicks off the 2016 St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, June 26.
Josh Burnham

Grammy & Emmy award winning Montana composer Philip Aaberg stopped by Montana Public Radio studios today to talk about his musical career, his upcoming performances, and of course, to play the piano. Listen in, and mark your calendar for these upcoming shows.

Gordon Tarpley

The University of Montana School of Music "Celebrate Piano Series" presents the 8th Annual Pianissimo! concerts, October 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Music Recital Hall.

Chris Hahn and Karen Beres are the CanAm Piano Duo
Josh Burnham

The CanAm Piano Duo have been presenting innovative programs of duet and two-piano repertoire since 2002. They stopped by MTPR to give us a taste of their varied repertoire and talk about their upcoming performance at the St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival.

Steiner

Pianist Stephen Beus will serve as the guest artist for the Celebrate Piano Series at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12, in the Music Recital Hall at the University of Montana. The recital is the featured event of his four-day residency for the UM Spring Piano Festival, and his program will feature exciting works by Bach, Liszt and contemporary composers Ronn Yedidia and Arvo Pärt. The Spring Piano Festival is sponsored by the UM Keyboard Society.

Philip Aaberg

Nov 4, 2014
Courtesy of Phil Aaberg

Pianist and composer Philip Aaberg has played with the Boston Pops, at the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, and with pop and blues musicians like Peter Gabriel, Elvin Bishop, and the Doobie Brothers. His piano playing is featured on more than 200 recordings by other artists. But Aaberg acknowledges his Montana "Hi-line" origins with pride. Not only does he live in the town where he grew up, but until late in her life, he continued studying with his early piano teacher.

2 Valleys Stage

4/10/14: Join us Thursday, April 10th from 8:00 - 9:30pm for live studio performances from concert pianists Steven Hesla and Barbara Blegen. The duo will present a potpourri of the solo pieces that they'll perform Sunday, April 13th, in concert at 3pm at Seeley Swan High School in Seeley Lake, as part of The Performing Arts Series produced by 2 Valleys Stage. Don't forget to take a moment between pieces to call or enter your pledge of financial support:

(800) 325-1565, or in the Missoula area: 243-6400, or right here at mtpr.org