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Research Description


The Piano Traditions Through Their Genealogy Trees project is the result of a 15-year period of thorough research and study that is still ongoing. The Genealogies are not intended to present all the information available or that we would ideally like to include. These genealogies are constantly growing, developing and being revised. They are works in progress. They are alive. This project was born out of curiosity and without the intention of becoming a musicological study. The Genealogy Trees give us a broad perspective of the history of the universal pianism and their interpreters and teachers, showing us thousands of piano connections throughout time.


The Piano Traditions Through Their Genealogy Trees will be published on a monthly basis on the website at the International Piano Archives at Maryland. The access to the information will be free of charge for anyone interested at:

This is a long-term project that will require time to publish in its entirety. Every month we will publish one or two Piano Traditions and will continue to do so until we complete publishing all the traditions we created. Each tradition will consist of a Genealogy Tree and an accompanying Article featuring short biographies of all the pianists represented in the corresponding tree. The Piano Traditions Through Their Genealogy Trees is under copyright law.


A Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
Diccionario Biográfico Electrónico – Real Academia de la Historia
Enciclopedia Aragonesa
Grove Music Online
Historical Dictionary of Russian Music
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Fundación March
Naxos Music Library
The New York Times
Wikipedia (Spanish, English, Italian, German, Catalonian, Hungarian)


A Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (Theodore Baker)

A Social History of the Piano (Dieter Hildebrandt)

Conversations with Arrau (Joseph Horowitz)

Dictionary of the Modern Pianist (Stephen Siek)

A Dictionary of Pianists and Composers for the Pianoforte: With an appendix of manufacturers of the instrument (Ernst Pauer)

Famous Pianists and Their Technique (Reginald Gerig)

Fifty Years’ Experience of Pianoforte Teaching and Playing (Oscar Beringer)

Great Contemporary Pianists Speak for Themselves (Elyse Mach)

The Great Pianists: From Mozart to the Present (Harold C. Schoenberg)

Great Pianists on Piano Playing (James Francis Cooke)

Historia del Piano (Piero Rattalino)

A History of Russian Music (Francis Maes)

Living Masters of Music: Theodor Leschetizky (Annette Hullah)

Music-Study in Germany: The Classic Memoir of the Romantic Era (Amy Fay)

Pianists at Play (Dean Elder)

Pianists at Play: Interviews with Twelve Concert Pianists (Linda J. Noyle)

El Piano: 52 + 36 (Justo Romero)

El Piano (Denis Levaillant)

The Piano (Jeremy Siepmann)

Piano Lessons with Claudio Arrau (Victoria von Arx)

Piano Mastery: Talks with Mastery Pianists and Teachers (Harriette Brower)

Piano Roles: Three Hundred Years of Life with the Piano (James Parakilas et al.)

The Russian Piano School: Russian Pianists and Moscow Conservatoire Professors (Christopher Barnes)

Speaking of Pianists (Abram Chasins)

Contact Information
Dr. Daniel Pereira
Project author
Maxwell Brown
Project Manager, International Piano Archives at Maryland - IPAM


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