Friday, 26 February, 2021 | 5:00 PM
An Introduction to Historical Piano Recordings
Author of the popular Facebook group The Piano Files, Mark Ainley shares recordings by golden-age pianists Lipatti, Hoffman, Friedman and more.
About the artist
Mark Ainley is an internationally recognized authority on the art of piano playing and historical piano recordings. He is best known for his work in discovering unpublished recordings of the legendary pianist Dinu Lipatti, which led to world premiere award-winning releases of over three hours of previously lost performances by the revered artist. He has since his late teens authored CD liner notes and magazine articles on a range of pianists of different sensibilities, and he has lectured across North America, Europe, and Asia. His popular Facebook page The Piano Files with Mark Ainley is a hub for professionals and amateurs alike to explore great piano playing via recording history. Ainley explores how historical recordings can help today’s performers and listeners better appreciate music written decades or centuries ago, in addition to presenting examples of piano playing that can be radically different than today’s norms.