The Cunningham Piano Show

Exploring Life Between The Keys

In each episode, we’ll feature pianists of all ages and genres sharing their stories, music, and their favorite pianos. Be sure to subscribe to be notified whenever we post new episodes!

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Episodes

Hot Jazz with Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society

Back in 2018, we were producing “The Cunningham Piano Show”, which featured performances and interviews with local musicians. One of our “lost” episodes featured the remarkable Drew Nugent and members of his Midnight...

It’s Never Too Late To Learn

Mike Evaniuk is living proof that it’s never too late to learn to play the piano. After only 15 months of lessons, he gives a beautiful performance of Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 3. What’s even more remarkable is his method of taking piano lessons. When Mike decided...

Kirk Reese on The Cunningham Piano Show

  Kirk Reese on The Cunningham Piano ShowPianist Kirk Reese is on the faculty of Messiah College, where he teaches the art of improvisation in addition to classes on Jazz and Popular Music. This episode of The Cunningham Piano Show was filmed in Parmer...

Piano for a President

Piano for a PresidentTo help celebrate the recent inauguration of Dr. Ron Matthews as the new president of Eastern University, Cunningham Piano was honored to loan a Yamaha S7X 7’6” grand piano through Yamaha’s Premium Piano Tour. The Yamaha S7X is a brand new design...

Benjamin Harding on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E26

  Benjamin Harding is the Dean of the School of Music at Cairn University in Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania. Originally from Dipper Harbour in New Brunswick, Canada, he attended the Csehy Summer School of Music. as a teenager. There, he was inspired by the late pianist Samuel Hsu to discover the intersection between music and spirituality […]

Seoul Song: Hailey Eunsol Cho on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E25

15 year old pianist Hailey Eunsol Cho traveled all the way from Seoul, South Korea to attend Summerfest at The Curtis Institute of Music and join us for this episode of The Cunningham Piano Show. Hailey studies with pianist Lynn Czae, whose world travels has helped give Hailey a wider perspective on music. Hailey dreams […]

Dr. Xun Pan on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E24

For Dr. Xun Pan, the piano literally saved his life. The son of musician parents who survived the Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976), he was forced to learn to play the piano in an attempt to help him leave China and study abroad. Dr. Pan initially wanted to study at the famed Moscow Conservatory, but […]

John Silva & Peggy Yu on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E23

Duo pianists John Silva and Peggy Yu hail from Eastern University, where John is the new Director of Keyboard Studies, and Peggy works in the office of president Dr. Ron Matthews. John has been waiting 20 years to perform Debussy’s “En Blanc et Noir” (In Black and White). Peggy is actually a vocalist who has […]

“Kiss The Rain” by Yiruma with Jasmine Choi, Flute

“Kiss The Rain” Performed by Jasmine Choi, Flutist Jasmine Choi is a superstar in the flute world, with several albums and world tours under her belt. Jasmine recently visited our piano restoration factory in Germantown to shoot a music video, playing “Kiss The Rain” by Yiruma, arranged for flute and piano by our very own […]

Piano Dancer: Reva Segireddy on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E22

Reva Segireddy is a charming 10 year old pianist who has been playing the piano since she was 4 years old. Reva studies with Ms. Svetlana Zuk. In addition to playing the piano, Reva enjoys studying Indian dance. In this episode, Reva chose to play on the Bösendorfer 200 6.5 ft grand piano. Work performed: […]

Charles Pettaway on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E21

Charles Pettaway is professor of piano at Lincoln University as well the head of their Department of Visual and Performing Arts. As a young pianist, Charles made history by being the first place winner of the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition. He went on to study with legendary piano pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. For this episode, […]

Better Than Bond: Han Nah Son on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E19

Han Nah Son has an international career that would put James Bond to shame! Han Nah was born in South Korea, then at the age of 9 her family moved to St. Petersburg, Russia. There, she met a piano teacher who encouraged her to pursue a career in music, so she enrolled in the Rimsky-Korsakov […]

Clipper Erickson on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E18

Master pianist Clipper Erickson has performed concerts all over the world, recorded extensively, and is on the faculties of Temple University and Westminster Conservatory. Clipper is quite the history buff, and has a passion for the music of early 20th century African-American composer Nathaniel Dett. His CD recording of the complete piano works of Dett […]

Asiya Korepanova on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E16

Russian-American pianist Asiya Korepanova is a creative tour-de-force. From her breathtaking piano transcriptions to her innovative YouTube videos and educational outreach, Asiya is passionate about sharing the full depth and richness of classical music to audiences of all ages. Asiya is the founder of “Music for Minds”, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing uniquely programmed […]

Piano Poet – William Ge on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E15

William Ge is a precocious 10 year old with a love of reading, writing poetry, and expressing himself on the piano. William’s teacher is Natalie Zhu, a fantastic pianist and alumni of The Curtis Institute of Music Works Performed: The Lark – Glinka/Balakirev The Cat And The Mouse – Aaron Copland Featured Piano: Estonia L168 […]

Piano Rebel – Maya Keren on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E14

Maya Keren is an 18 year old pianist who started out hating the rigidity of classical music, then fell in love with the freedom she found in Jazz. Maya’s analytical mind led her to explore the inner workings of the piano through an internship at Cunningham Piano Company’s restoration factory. Thanks to being accepted at […]

Music As Food – Stephanie Ben-Salem on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E13

For pianist Stephanie Ben-Salem, music is like food – playing the piano on a daily basis is an essential part of Stephanie’s existence. Her love of music came from her childhood in a musical family, with a father who loved classical music and a mother who was an opera singer. She even has memories of […]

Piano Scissorhands – Jay Chadwick on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E12

Jay Chadwick is a pianist who plays anything and a teacher who can teach anyone. With this fearless attitude, it’s easy to see why he has no qualms about his summer job (despite being one of the most dangerous for pianists) – a landscaper! Jay’s sharp wit is clearly heard in his rendition of “Blue […]

A Playwright Pianist – Allison Zhu on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E11

Allison Zhu is a 14 year old pianist with the mind of an accomplished playwright. She has a playwright’s understanding of the characters and thematic materials explored in the music she plays. Allison’s passion for music has been supported by her dedicated mother and her extraordinary teacher, Clipper Erickson, who makes a special bonus appearance […]

A Pianist’s Courage: Joshua Yudkin on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E10

Pianist and composer Joshua Yudkin has been playing the piano since he was 5 years old, initially starting with classical piano lessons. His parents wanted him to pursue a “safe” career in medicine or law, but during his college years, he gained the courage to become a professional musician. Joshua studied jazz with legendary jazz […]

Beautiful Minds | S01E09

Every piano student presents unique opportunities and challenges for parents and teachers. Pranav (10) and Prerna (13) Shankar have been learning to play the piano together for six years with the same teacher. After their solo and duet performances, Pranav and Prerna’s mother shares how music has benefitted her children, and how their teacher, Dr. […]

PianObsessed: Daniel Immel on The Cunningham Piano Show

Dr. Daniel Immel is a concert pianist who has been performing for over 25 years and is an Assistant Professor of Music at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Dan actually has an interesting “origin story” – as a kid, he was obsessed with basketball and actually hated playing the piano. But he was blessed with special […]

HAPPYanist Laurel Strickland on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E07

16 year old pianist Laurel Strickland has got to be one of the happiest people I have ever met! What’s the secret to her happiness? Her love of music and the incredible support of her parents and her amazing teacher Olga Smirnova. Olga has been Laurel’s only piano teacher right from the very beginning, and […]

Young Beethoven on The Cunningham Piano Show | S01E06

Jeremy Raden is an 11 year old pianist and composer with a direct line to Ludwig Van Beethoven through his teacher Yvette Tausinger Shanfeld. Jeremy has been playing the piano since he was 4 years old and has been composing his own songs for just as long. In this episode, we hear the stories behind […]

Speak Softly and Play a Big Piano | The Cunningham Piano Show

Daniel Wu is an 8 year old pianist who is rather shy, but after playing the piano for only 2 1/2 years he is already playing some big concertos with the help of his amazing teacher, Ms. Iris Blanco. Iris shares how her innovative emphasis on getting her students to play in ensembles from the […]

The Piano Whisperer | The Cunningham Piano Show S01E04

The piano is a daily refuge and a source of healing for psychiatrist Dr. Susan Marcel. On this episode of The Cunningham Piano Show, we explore the art of listening with Dr. Marcel and the therapeutic benefits of making music for yourself. Works performed: “Sur dan tes bras” (Safe in your arms) – Susan Marcel […]

An 8 year old Prodigy on The Cunningham Piano Show

8 year old Rosemarie LoBasso has only been playing the piano for 4 years, but she’s already making a name for herself! Rosemarie has performed at Carnegie Hall and at Bryant Park in front of thousands of spectators. For her episode, Rosemarie selected the Estonia L210 7 ft grand piano. Works performed: Little Prelude in […]

The Two By Fours Piano Quartet on The Cunningham Piano Show

← Yamaha Clavinova CLP-635 The Flying Concert Grand Piano! → What happens when you put together four retired music teachers with a love of piano music? You get the Two By Fours! These four friends enjoy exploring repertoire for this unique combination and playing concerts throughout the area. They started out playing on two pianos […]

Svetlana Smolina on The Cunningham Piano Show

Russian-American pianist Svetlana Smolina performs works by Rachmaninoff and Bizet/Horowitz on a beautiful Yamaha CF6 7 ft. grand piano in this premiere episode of The Cunningham Piano Show. Works performed Prelude in D major, Op. 23, No. 4 by Sergei Rachmaninoff Carmen Variations by Georges Bizet, transcription by Vladimir Horowitz Shot on location at Cunningham […]

Season 1 of The Cunningham Piano Show

Season One of The Cunningham Piano Show is scheduled to launch on Monday, January 15, 2018. Every week, we’ll feature pianists of all ages and genres sharing their stories, music, and their favorite pianos. From master artists to rising stars and everyone in between, you’ll fall in love with the piano and discover lives touched by […]

2nd Audition Day Added for The Cunningham Piano Show

Launching in Spring 2018, The Cunningham Piano Show will be a weekly web TV show featuring the talents of musicians throughout the Delaware Valley. Last week, we announced open auditions for the show, but within a few days, we completely filled up all our audition spots on Saturday, November 11! To accommodate the additional applications, […]

Audition for the New Cunningham Piano Show

In the Spring of 2018, we will be launching The Cunningham Piano Show, a weekly web TV series that will feature the musical talents of pianists and acts that include the piano throughout the Delaware Valley. And the best part of this is, we want YOU to be part of the show! On Saturday, November […]

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