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


Erik Satie

Erik Satie. the godfather of minimalism, drawn by Jean Cocteau


Monday, May 2, 2016
American Pianists Association, Indianapolis
"Music Matters" Lecture Series
Music As Battlefield: Understanding the Concerto

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Music at Menlo, Atherton, CA
Lecture, "American Sputnik: Van Cliburn in Moscow"



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"

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
Lecture/Recital, "Classical-Jazz Connections"

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
Lecture, "The Competition—How a Musical Event Cracked the Iron Curtain"

June 4-6, 2015
Jury Member, Houston Symphony Ima Hoggs Music Competition

Sunday, July 19, 2015
International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Hunter College, New York, NY
Lecture, "Van Cliburn: The Price of Success"
Lang Recital Hall, 4pm

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

Thursday, October 22, 2015
National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow
Opening of Installations, "Piano in Progress" and "Visual Scores"
Piano Recital as part of "Piano in Progress" exhibition

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Lecture, "Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization"

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Ensemble Member, "In C" by Terry Riley