A SoundCloud Top 20

Sunday Sounds

Marcel Zidani (who will be known to some readers as the author of Hey Presto! which I spoke to him about in this interview) has been busy collating a playlist of some of the best piano music on SoundCloud, and I’m delighted that he has invited me to share it with you in this Sunday Sounds special feature!

Marcel invited ten pianists active on SoundCloud to submit one solo piano piece, plus a second track which could contain other instrumentation (although most musicians submitted two solo piano pieces).

From the virtuoso to the intimate, from bluesy licks to gorgeous neo-classical melodies and intense experimental outbursts – this is a playlist which really has it all.

My recommendation – bookmark this page so that you can return and listen again and again, because this compilation makes a great album to live with and enjoy.

And if you enjoy what you hear, please also pop over to the SoundCloud site, set up a free account if you don’t have one, and follow these artists there.


Sunday Sounds showcases great keyboard music featuring players past and present, from classic recordings to great new music discoveries.

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Marcel Zidani: Hey Presto!

Interview with Marcel Zidani

Marcel Zidani’s Hey Presto! is billed as a “first piano lessons” book for older beginners aged 11 and upwards.

The subtitle – pedal your way to piano perfection– reveals something of the book’s unique approach, and like many I was intrigued when it first appeared a couple of summers ago.

Reviewing Hey Presto! at the time, I found much to love about Marcel’s method and music, while noting a few minor concerns. Since then, Marcel has responded to the feedback received from teachers and is now back with a thorough reworking of the concept and a brand-new edition of Hey Presto!

So what better time to catch up with Marcel for a chat, find out what motivates Hey Presto! and ask how he has improved on the original publication…

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