Praise for "A Natural History of the Piano"

"In Stuart Isacoff's A Natural History of the Piano, never before have I learned and enjoyed so much about the instrument and its most distinctive practitioners — transcending so many categories of music. Whether the subject is jazz or classical music, the writing is unfailingly engaging and revealing."
— Nat Hentoff

"Supremely informative as well as fascinating and entertaining — highly recommended."
— Vladimir Ashkenazy

"Anybody who cares about the piano — past, present and future — will find this book irresistible reading. I always learn so much from Stuart Isacoff and have a good time in the process."
— Tim Page

"Stuart Isacoff's great meditation on all piano-related matters is a delight, both informative and entertaining. To borrow the author's categories, I find the writing both melodic and combustible."
— Dick Hyman


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October 6-13, 2015
Classical Music Cruise, Compagnie du Ponant
Istanbul to Athens Route
Featured Lecturer

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
Lecture, "The Competition—How a Musical Event Cracked the Iron Curtain"

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
Lecture/Recital, "Classical-Jazz Connections"

Monday, March 2, 2015
The Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL
Lecture/Recital with pianist Ed Shanaphy
"Legendary Pianists, Composers, and 'The Great American Songbook'—The Inside Stories"


September 26-28, 2014
Cremona Mondomusica, Cremona, Italy
Lecturer at Symposium on the Piano

Sunday, July 20, 2014
International Keyboard Institute & Festival
Mannes College, New York, NY
Lecture, "Van Cliburn in Moscow 1958: The Price of Success"
2 pm

June 10-18, 2014 
Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia
• Moscow Book Fair: Presentation, "A  Natural History of the Piano"
• United States Embassy, Moscow: Recital
• Moscow Conservatory: Lecture-Recital

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Rockland County Music Teachers Guild
Valley Cottage Library, Valley Cottage, NY
Lecture/Recital, "A Natural History of the Piano"
10 am

Friday, February 21, 2014
Candlelight Concert Society
Horowitz Performing Arts Center, Smith Theatre, Columbia, MD
Lecture, "Temperament"
2 pm


Sunday, December 1, 2013
Milan, Italy
Lecture/Recital at the Spazio Teatro 89

Friday, November 29, 2013
Biella, Italy
Lecture/Recital at the Associazione Musicaviva

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Florence Conservatory, Florence, Italy
Roundtable on the music of Alkan at the Alkan Music Festival

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Prato Conservatory, Prato, Italy

Friday, October 4, 2013
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, New York
Lecture/Recital: A Natural History of the Piano

Sunday, September 15, 2013
Smalls Jazz Club
183 W 10th St., New York
Stuart Isacoff Duo with Ratzo Harris, Bass
4:30 to 7 pm

Saturday, July 27, 2013
Steinway Piano Gallery
1605 Bonanza Street, Walnut Creek, CA
Lecture/Recital, "A Natural History of the Piano"
11 am

Steinway Piano Gallery
771 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA
Lecture/Recital, "A Natural History of the Piano"
3 pm

Friday, July 26, 2013
Menlo School, Atherton, CA
Lecture/Recital, "Keyboard Evolution: How Bach's Instruments Became the Modern Piano"

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Steinway Piano Gallery
314 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA
Lecture/Recital, "A Natural History of the Piano"
11 am

Steinway Piano Gallery
150 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA
Lecture/Recital, "A Natural History of the Piano"
3 pm

Sunday, May 5, 2013
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Lecture/Recital, "A Natural History of the Piano"

Friday, May 3, 2013
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Master Class with classical and jazz students of U. of Washington
Thursday, May 2, 2013
University of Washington, Seattle WA
Lecture/Recital, "A Natural History of the Piano"

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Newburyport Literary Festival, Newburyport, MA
Lecture, "Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization"

Thursday, April 25, 2013
New York Institute of Technology Auditorium on Broadway Moderator of panel discussion with composer Michael Harrison, cellist Maya Beiser, and filmmaker Bill Morrison, following a live performance and screening of "Just Ancient Loops" (music and film)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Steinway Piano Gallery, Paramus, NJ
Teacher Workshop: A Natural History of the Piano

Sunday, March 3 - Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Miami Piano Festival, Miami, FL
Lecture, "The Art of Ravel" (March 3)
Lecture, "Celebrating Debussy" (March 4)
Lecture, "Understanding Impressionism" (March 5)

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music
Lecture/Recital, "A Natural History of the Piano"

Friday, February 8, 2013
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Lecture/Recital, "Classical-Jazz Connections"

Monday, January 28, 2013
Indianapolis Piano Teachers Guild
Lecture/Recital, "The Origins of Piano Styles"

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Lecture/Recital on "Classical-Jazz Connections"