Entries by Lorraine Desjardins

Musique aux enfants: More than music

Sometimes I am deeply moved by the goodness of humanity. Kent Nagano, chief conductor our symphony orchestra (MSO), has instigated one of my all-time favourite educational programs. In one of the neediest areas of Montreal, where the long-term prospects for our youngest citizens are very poor, he has set up a pilot project. Its main […]

Piano Covers – A User’s Guide

Any decent performance space owns at least one concert grand. It is common practice to cover a piano between uses. The main reason to do so, of course, is to prevent it from gathering dust. But there is more to it than keeping it clean – and who likes the sight of passing a finger […]


The fine art of piano voicing

(Part 1) Revised version with input from Lucas Garcia, piano technician and voicing specialist. All piano owners have called on a technician at one time or another, the most obvious reason being to get it in tune. As important as this is, there are other ways of making an instrument sound even better. One of […]

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Welcome to the EW Piano Blog!

With this first instalment, we invite you on a journey of discovery into the wonderful world of the piano and its many splendored things. And a journey it will be, because there is enough material out there to keep this blog afloat for months to come, if not years. Our main goal is to provide […]