Who are your favorite pianist/composers of today? I'm talking about pianist/composers who have solo piano cds sans all the synth'd background accompaniment-just solo piano please!
It'd be great to hear about less well known artists, too!
Please add what category the artist you like is: i.e. new age, neo-classical, jazz, blues, etc.
My favorite artist, hands down, is Kostia. Has anyone here heard of him or heard his music? I guess you would describe him as new age, but his music to me seems to border in some ways more towards classical. I think his music is more complex and emotional (to me, anyway) more than some others such as Jim Brickman. (I like Jim Brickman, too!)
Kostia, IMO, is not as well known as he should be. He has 2 cd's of his own piano compositions: "St. Petersburg Suite" and "10 Pebbles". You can hear click on the following link to hear clips from his cd's on amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...541422?v=glance&s=music&n=507846
The clips on Amazon.com of Kostia's music really don't go on along enough to demonstrate the full breadth of his talent and his compositions. But I think you'll be able to tell this is not "background music"!?
Here's the link to his other cd on amazon.com called 10 Pebbles. On the liner notes, Kostia remarks the piano he is playing on this cd is one of the best pianos he's ever had the opportunity to play. it's a Steinway and sounds breathtakingly beautiful to me. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...103-0414232-2541422?v=glance&s=music
There are a number of other pianists I like. I won't name them all, but check out Keiko Matsui! Another lesser known artist. Most of her cds are real new age-y with lots of accompaniment - nice, but I prefer solo piano. Keiko has one wonderful cd that is mostly all solo piano called (surprisingly enough) "Piano". (Link below) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/A...72/sr=2-2/ref=sr_2_2/103-0414232-2541422
Who are your favorites? Who do you like? Maybe we can find some new artists we like!! And talk about what we like about each artist.
P.S. Remember-let's try for cd's that are mostly solo piano.