Not so long ago, Antonio Domingos, an American pianist living in Portugal, was living a relatively unremarkable life as a concert pianist. Having endured ten years in drug-riddled corners of Moscow as he studied at one of Russia’s top conservatories, his career was fairly straight forward – sit at the piano; play what you’re told; bow at the end. However, after finding that the working relationship with his employers was proving impossible, Antonio was essentially blacklisted by orchestras and competition judges across the country, his uncompromising playing style being pretty much the opposite of what ‘the system’ wanted.
Realising that his best chance to get out of the situation was to prove his worth demonstrably, he set out to unequivocally prove he was more skilled than his contemporaries – he would become the fastest piano player alive. Well, sort of.
Antonio officially has the fastest fingers in the business, after smashing the record for the most piano key hits in one minute. The footage has been viewed on YouTube nearly half a million times, the figure even more monstrous on Facebook.
The pianist played the key B7 a staggering 824 times in 60 seconds – that’s more than 13 hits a second! Antonio bettered the previous record by 59 hits, potentially because his technique involved using two alternate fingers and he spent about four months training for the challenge.
He played on an unmodified Yamaha CFX concert grand piano in a music store in Lisbon, Portugal.
“I am I Portuguese-American professional pianist and have been playing since the age of seven,” Antonio told Guinness World Records in his application for the title.
“I broke this record in order to gain visibility in the international world of music by demonstrating my athletic prowess on the piano” he added.
James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses‘ is being turned into Opus, by American composer Roger Rudenstein, who had presented this piece to a US audience, making a name for himself, and gaining recognition from the New York Times, and gaining over 100,000 plays on Soundcloud.
Roger is now planning to greet European audiences with this incarnation of James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses‘. Translating a 732 page literary epic into a two and a half hour opera, Roger has composed the score to fit around leitmotifs, which represent characters speech and emotion, and had used James’s actual words instead of his actual interpretation.
He has gained help from Boston based singers and musicians, to help him bring his Opera to European stages, which will be a guaranteed favourite for fans of composers such as Schubert, Stravinsky, Beethoven and Richard Strauss.
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With a classical aesthetic, but a rock-ballad infused edge, Georg Roman is causing waves in the classical world with his potent and dramatic new single, ‘Forever’.
Georg’s musical roots are based within the operatic genre which is evident when listening to his music. He has performed at many charity events and concerts which he himself has founded, as well as performing at places such as the Bolshoi Academic, The New Opera and the Bonn Opera.
‘Forever’ is a hugely emotive track displaying the power of Georg’s baritone, alongside tension building string sections, all ignited with a little bit of rock. Although Georg looks up to the likes of Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo as his classical influences, he also notes Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker as artists who he draws from.
Whilst it might seem that Georg has been singing all his life, he originally wanted to be a sportsman, either a weightlifter or professional fighter, but quite clearly, singing is where he belongs.
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Taking three seemingly contrasting genres and fusing them together with quality musicianship is the up and coming producer, M3staken (M3). He has put together a soundscape-esque concept album consisting of 8 experimental and boundary pushing tracks, called Apex.
Born and raised in South Carolina, M3 made ‘Apex’ as an attempt to create a unique fusion of classical, hip-hop and electronic styles. He states that “as a primarily hip-hop based artist, it was important for me to emphasise the amount of musicality there is in hip-hop, while also using a mix of classical styles and modern techniques”.
As M3 notes, he is mainly a hip-hop artist, but he finds inspiration from a wide range of genres and musicians including Jamie XX, FKA Twigs and Joey Bada$$.
In addition, M3’s repute as a musician cannot be denied due to his preference of using live classical pianos rather than samples, escaping the hip-hop cliché.
Formerly dubbed ‘Britain’s Mozart’, Shane Thomas is quite possibly the most talented teenager across the British music industry.
New single, ‘Mrs Matisee’ is to be released 10th December, prior to the release of his debut album, ‘From Me To You’, due for release soon after.
‘Mrs Matisee’ showcases Shane’s incredible talent and beautifully demonstrates the amazing capabilities of this young composer. The tack in undeniably stunning and transpires audiences into the fascinating world of Shane Thomas.
Shane was inspired to write the track earlier this year when he saw a painting by Henri Matisse. He was so taken with the beauty of the painting that he decided to compose a piece of music about it. Shortly after writing the track Shane discovered that Debussy had been inspired by the very same painting and produced a well known piece of music called, Arabesque.
Shane began playing the piano at the tender age of seven and has since taken on the challenge of mastering the art of the cello and percussion. Shane dreams up all of his music. He has never sat at a piano to compose anything. He does it all in his head, then later sits to play the piece. He can immediately play any melody or song he hears.
Aged ten, Shane was the youngest person in history to be signed to a music publisher, E.M.I. music.
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