Archive for June, 2009

Pianist Andres Lucero Ruvalcaba

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
Saturday August 1, at 7:00 PM


Pianist Andres Lucero Ruvalcaba

will be at this August 1st with music from theBaroque Period to late 20th century featuring composers Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Mexican composer Federico Ibarra.

Andres Lucero Ruvalcaba started his piano career with lessons from a teacher at the age of eight. In 2004 he entered the Conservatorio de Musica de la Orquesta de Baja California and studied with teacher Oxana Bulgakova. He played with the Consor de Alientos del Conservatorio de Musica de la Orquesta de Baja California through several places in Baja California.

In 2007 he entered to the faculty of music in the Universidad Veracruzana in Jalapa, Veracruz.
In 2006 he won first prize in the IV Bienal de Piano in Mexicali, B.C. and in 2008 third place in the V Bienal de Piano also in Mexicali, B.C.

He is currently studying with Jorge Covarubias. He has ofered several recitals in Jalapa, Veracruz and Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes and continues finishing his career in Jalapa, Veracruz.

Andres will be performing

Sinfonia no.9 in F minor BWV 795 J.S. Bach

Prelude and Fugue no.7 in E flat Major BWV852 WTK I J.S. Bach

Piano Sonata op.10 no.1 in C minor L.V. Beethoven

Four pieces op.54 A. Scriabin

Piano Sonata no.2 (1982) F. Ibarra

Etude-Tableau op.39 no.9 in D Major S. Rachmaninoff


Sunday, June 28th, 2009

I have been dying to tell you about the new piano but, had to wait until it actually arrived.  It is the Amadeus Sauter.

This is an incredible piano.  The touch, tone, clarity, texture of the tones are absolutely incredible.  I have never experienced a piano like this.

You can read the history of the piano at and see just how all of this came together.  In a nutshell, the scale design dates back to the latter part of the 1700’s when Mozart began working with Nannette Streicher to build a piano for himself.  Beethoven finished the design and it was never put into production.  Several years ago the original plans were discovered and Sauter decided to put it into production and he immediately sold two of the three that were made.  The third one sits in my showroom at in San Diego.

The workmanship and craftsmanship on this instrument is incredible.  You have to come by and see it.

Drop by and say hello sometime, we would love to meet you.


Artisan Piano

I enjoyed this article

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

I enjoyed this article because I talk with people daily that say: “I wish I had never stopped taking lessons, I used to play the piano, I was in marching band, I loved music but hated to practice, blah,blah,blah”. Its never to late to begin learning music. On whatever level you choose you can play and you can enjoy making music. It all depends on you.

When we started Play Piano in A Flash, we learned from so many students that they CAN play and have an absolute blast making music. I listen from my office sometimes when the students are laughing and clapping or counting out loud or singing. It makes me smile to know that we are able to help bring so much positive influence in peoples lives.

Join us and we can make you smile and laugh too.

Drop by and say hello, we would love to meet you.


Check this out

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

I was talking with Greg Zinser about his family and he shared with me this article I think will prove very interesting.  GREAT information and insight both to parents and people interested in music in general.


       Relative Minors

(And other ideas for making music a permanent part of life for your kids)


By:  Gregory R. Zinser


Although I did not pursue music as a career, it has always been a big part of my life.  I took a few piano lessons when I was eight years old, was in a band all through high school and played in piano bars during most of my years in college. I continued playing in bars and at private events when I started my career in accounting after graduation, and still play and sing on a regular basis at home or for hire.  However, the most important thing I did with my music is pass it on to my kids.  When I see the appreciation and talent for music both of my boys have today, and think back on how it all happened, I’m convinced there is a direct connection between what I did (some on purpose and some by accident) and where they are now.  I’m equally convinced that any parent can do this for their kids regardless of their own musical ability, background or financial means.  If you are able to devote some time and attention to this when your kids are very young, you can give a profoundly life-enhancing gift; one with a direct link to academic success, attitude, confidence and overall happiness.< (more…)

Rita Cantos Cartwright

Monday, June 8th, 2009
Sunday, June 14th


So whats in a name?

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

What a loaded question.

Today piano manufacturing is totally different than ever before.  We use many global sources to get products and parts to build pianos today.  Some parts from Germany, USA, Japan, Korea, China, India, Indonesia and many others.  Just because the name on the from of the piano looks American or German does not mean that the piano was actually manufactured there.

China is a HUGE resource for pianos.  Is this a bad thing?  Not necessarily.  I like to think of pianos in terms of levels.  If the piano comes from Asia, generally they are less expensive than some of the others.  The next level as far as expense is usually (not always) from the USA.  And lastly we look at Europe.  These are among the most expensive pianos in the world.

I will be discussing some of the finer pianos in Blogs to come.  Today I wanted to mention the one I am the most proud of.  C. Bechstein is noted as being the “finest piano in the world”.  In our Performance Hall we have a 9’2″ C. Bechstein.  It is truly a work of art.

Speaking of the Performance Hall.  We have more concerts this week.  A full load as a matter of fact for the rest of the week.  We had a bassoon recital last nite, classes in all three studios, another group of classes tomorrow, John Cain on Thursday, Recital Friday, recitals ALL day Saturday, and Sunday and Zach Zisner will be here Sunday.   Its nice to have music going all the time.

We just started a new round of Play Piano In A Flash classes, sign up now while there is still room.  Check it out on the link on the right.

Stop by and say hello sometime we would love to meet you.

If you have a subject line or questions feel free to email me at

The talent has been incredible.

Monday, June 1st, 2009

This past week we had so many talented kids doing recitals and the performance  Saturday night was incredible.  I am very fortunate to exist in a world of music.

Tonight is a new experience for me.  We are going to have a bassoon recital and that should prove very interesting.  These guys are having their year end recital and I understand from the instructor that it will be very exciting.  Thursday night we will enjoy having John Cain with his band and there are several other talents scheduled through the week.

I am hoping that I will get the chance to start the posts soon on “buying a piano” and other topics that are related directly to the most special instruments on earth.

Drop by and say hello we would love to meet you.


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