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


June 22 to 29, 2016
Ponant Music Cruise aboard L'Austral
From Stockholm, Sweden to Bergen, Norway
Lectures on Grieg, and on the Musical World of Liszt, Chopin and Schumann

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

Friday, July 29, 2016
Steinway Piano Gallery, Los Altos, CA
Lecture, "American Sputnik: Van Cliburn in Moscow"

Saturday, July 30, 2016
Steinway Piano Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Lecture, "American Sputnik: Van Cliburn in Moscow"

Sunday, July 31
Steinway Piano Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
Lecture, "American Sputnik: Van Cliburn in Moscow"
2 pm

Monday, August 1, 2016
Music at Menlo, Atherton, CA
Cafe Conversation: "Scriabin and Other Russian Madmen"

October 4 to 11, 2016
Ponant Musical Cruise from Athens to Rome
Lectures on Romantic Music



April 9, 2017
Newburyport Literary Festival, Newburyport, MA
"When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph and its Aftermath"

May 9, 2017
Highland Park University Methodist Church, Dallas, TX
Authors Live!
Co-sponsored by The Friends of the Highland Park Library and The Friends of the SMU libraries.
6PM Reception; 7PM Program