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George Litterst

George Litterst

George Litterst is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music software developer. A classically-trained pianist, he is also a multimedia musician who works extensively with high-tech pianos in his performing, teaching, and other professional activities.

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In 1916, the year before his untimely death, Scott Joplin recorded 7 piano rolls. These rolls were recorded during a period in which the concept of “hand-played rolls” was still being developed.

Regrettably, several factors undermined Joplin’s recordings. For starters, the recording technology was limited to capturing the start and stop times of notes as well as the up/down positions of the sustain pedal. No dynamics were captured. In the case of the Connorized rolls that he recorded, the temporal resolution of the holes in the paper was rather course, and apparently the roll editors further quantized Joplin's playing.
Frederic Chiu-smallPianist Frederic Chiu is an acclaimed artist who has pushed boundaries in the world of classical music - from performance protocols and recording, to teaching and technology. He is in the spotlight yet again with a new “first”: a recording that combines state-of-the-art audio and video technology, masterpieces of the Western classical music canon, and contemporary works rooted in the East. This is the inaugural classical music release from Yamaha Entertainment Group of America.
Beijing-LiYanZhuo2015-smallAre you on the faculty of an institution that attracts students from across the country or from around the world? Is it a challenge for prospective students to visit your school and audition in person?

Or do you teach students who are preparing for college auditions? Do you want to help them audition for admission or scholarships at schools outside of your geographic region?

The Disklavier Education Network offers student pianists the opportunity to audition for admission to undergraduate and graduate music programs by recording their audition on a Disklavier PRO piano, complete with synchronized video. These recordings capture every detail of a performance--over one thousand increments of measurement scrutinize every keystroke and hammer strike. Even the pedals are recorded incrementally, maintaining all the subtlety and character of the original performance.
SignatureMIDICollection 01smallThe Disklavier Education Network (DEN) is pleased to announce the addition of the Signature MIDI Collection to the DEN website. You can access the collection using the navigation at the top of the DEN website or by going directly to this location:

www.YamahaDEN.com/midi-files
PeterFriisJohansson 02smallYamaha Disklavier Plays Instrumental Role in Most Prestigious Competition for Pianists Under 32 

“The Piano-e-Competition certainly shows the remarkable remote performance capabilities of the Disklavier, and highlights how this technology can connect the music world like never before,” said Jim Levesque, Yamaha

Join us at the 2018 MTNA Conference in Orlando!
Please join the DEN team (and lots of other great Yamaha folks!) at the 2018 Conference of the Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA)! For many teachers, this is a rare opportunity to get hands-on time exploring Disklavier, as well as a representative sampling of m...
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100 Years Later, Scott Joplin Makes It to the Disklavier!
In 1916, the year before his untimely death, Scott Joplin recorded 7 piano rolls. These rolls were recorded during a period in which the concept of “hand-played rolls” was still being developed.Regrettably, several factors undermined Joplin’s recordings. For starters,...
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The Disklavier as a Service Learning Tool: A Conversation with Dr. Pamela Pike
Dr. Pamela Pike, Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University, has been using the Disklavier as a distance-learning and pedagogical tool for as long as just about anyone. Last year (2016), she had the idea to incorporate these technologies into he...
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Melding with the Machine: Dan Tepfer's Creative Relationship with the Disklavier
Yamaha artist Dan Tepfer has long embraced the Disklavier as a performance tool. Using the Disklavier's ability to send and receive data in real time, Tepfer combines algorithmic computer programming and MIDI-driven visualizations to produce unique performances in which...
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