Between the Keys with Jed Distler

Tuesdays at 10 pm

Between the Keys may or may not begin at the piano but will always find Jed taking the listener on a creative, imaginative and unique musical journey as only someone of his experience could present. 

Between the Keys is supported by Jacobs Music.

27-year-old Benjamin Grosvenor is considered to be one of the greatest pianists of his generation, or any other generation, for that matter. Ever since emerging in his teens as a prodigy mature beyond his years, Grosvenor continues to evolve artistically, as he builds a legacy of recordings that often achieve reference status, such as his Chopin Scherzos and Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit, and a new release encompassing both Chopin Concertos.

Episode No. 242 on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys celebrates one of the piano world’s most fascinating luminaries, Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938), whose 150th birthday falls on Feburary 13th 2020.

On this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler puts a program together featuring noteworthy new releases that feature pianists Paul Wee, Moura Lympna, Sahan Azruni, Janelle Fung, Rosa Antonelli, Frederic Chiu, the Leonore Piano Trio, and the piano duo of Roberto Prosseda and Alessandra Ammara.

Tune in Tuesday night at 10 for Between the Keys, an exclusive production of The Classical Network and WWFM.org.

Meet Jack Pepper on Between the Keys January 28th

Jan 28, 2020

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys features a special guest, the 20-year-old multi-talented British composer, pianist, singer, writer and broadcaster Jack Pepper.

Tonight's episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys is called The French Connection. It’s not about the famous film of the same name, but is rather a celebration of women who have helped shape the world and culture of French pianism. 

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys features relatively unknown music that nevertheless captures one’s ears and attention.

The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler invited his friend and colleague composer/pianist/writer Roger Tréfousse for a listening/discussion “blindfold test,” so to speak.

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys celebrates the centenary of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995), who would have turned 100 on January 5th. The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler has put together a wide-ranging program showcasing the legendary and enigmatic Italian pianist’s legacy.

New Year’s Eve on Between the Keys

Dec 31, 2019

By a happy coincidence, this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys falls on New Year’s Eve. So the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler rings in the new with a program of Strauss Waltzes and Polkas served up for piano, plus more.

Christmas Eve on Between the Keys

Dec 24, 2019

By happy coincidence, the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning Between the Keys' weekly Tuesday night slot happens to fall this year on Christmas Eve. So The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler is serving up keyboard holiday cheer.

"The core of this special episode will be holiday favorites in brilliant piano arrangements featuring friends and fellow Steinway artists Jeffrey Biegel, STewart Goodyear, Meral Guneyman and Simon Mulligan. But we'll have a few surpsie 'stocking stuffers' too!," says Distler.

Stewart Goodyear on Between the Keys December 17th

Dec 17, 2019

On this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler plays host to one of today’s most brilliant and gifted composers and pianists, Stewart Goodyear.

On Monday December 16th from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, WWFM.org The Classical Network will feature "Beethoven Matters,"  a birthday celebration marking Ludwig van Beethoven's birthday, in anticipation of the composer's 250th anniversary year in 2020.

On this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler explores the legacy of Clara Schumann as teacher and composer. Pianists Lara Downes and Susanne Grützmann will be heard in Clara Schumann’s original piano works. In addition, Distler will present rare recordings by pianists Natalia Janotha, Adelina de Lara, Ilona Eibenschutz and Fanny Davies, all of whom studied with Madame Schumann.

On this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler welcomes again as his guest the Toronto-based pianist and writer Stephen Cera. For Episode 232, Mr. Cera has put together a musical portrait of the Polish-born composer/pianist André Tchaikowsky (1935-1982)

On Episode 231 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler digs deep his vast music library for rare piano performances of music by J.S. Bach

Episode 230 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys finds The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler in a mixing and matching mood.

A new Sony/BMG box set encompassing pianist Raymond Lewenthal’s complete RCA Victor and Columbia Masterowkrs recordings includes a major, previously unpublished discovery.

Ann Schein, one of America’s most acclaimed virtuoso soloists, chamber music collaborators and highly sought-after teachers joins The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler for an hour of talk and music on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys on Tuesday November 5th at 10:00 PM.

The highly acclaimed Armenian-American pianist Kariné Poghosyan joins The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler for an hour of talk and music on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys on Tuesday October 29th at 10:00 PM.

On this week's episode (No. 226) of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler pays tribute to the late Austrian pianist, scholar and period instrument pioneer Paul Badura-Skoda, who passed away September 25th.

The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler devotes this week’s episode (No. 225) of Between the Keys to the vibrant world of today’s great Italian pianists. Featured artists include Maria Tipo, Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi, Emanuele Arciuli, Roberto Prosseda and Alessandra Ammara, Maruzio Pollini, Giusy Caruso, Carlo Grante, Luca Ciammarughi, Beatrce Rana and Vanessa Benelli Mossel.

Tune in Tuesday at 10:00 PM for Between the Keys, an exclusive production of The Classical Network and WWFM.org.

Jed Distler's New Opera on Sunday October 13th

Oct 8, 2019

A concert reading of a new opera by the Classical Network's Artst-in Residence Jed Distler will have a first reading this Sunday October 13th at New York City's historic St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, at 3:30 PM.

The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler devotes this week’s episode of Between the Keys (Episode No. 224) to the artistry of Grigori Sokolov, one of today’s most revered and enigmatic artists.

For this week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler has put together a program of new piano releases.

For this week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler has put together an interesting program, divided into two parts.

“We start with a monumental work by the composer/jazz pianist Fred Hersch, a set of variations based on a Tchaikovsky theme,” says Distler.  “Fred wrote it for a wonderful pianist, Natasha Paremski, who recently recorded the work for the Steinway & Sons label, and I thought I’d share this terrific new release with listeners.”

The late Uruguayan-born pianist Dinorah Varsi (1939-2013) would have turned eighty this year, and to celebrate this milestone, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler devotes this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys to Varsi’s artistry, with special guest Alberto Reyes, a fellow Uruguayan-born pianist who was Varsi’s lifelong colleague and friend.

“It’s one of those weeks where I’m too lazy to think of a subject for this week’s episode of Between the Keys,” says the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, “but I think I’ve got a pretty inspired play list. At least it’s unusual!”

Tune in this Tuesday night at 10 for Between the Keys to hear pianists like Roman Rabinovich, Mary Louise Boehm, Wilhelm Backhaus, Jeffrey Biegel, Konstantin Scherbakov, Alfons and Aloys Kontarsky, and more.

Musical Portraits on Between the Keys August 27th

Aug 27, 2019

The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler devotes this week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys to the art of musical portraiture.

The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler devotes this week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys to Webster Aitken (1908-1981), a pianist not well-known to the general public, yet one whose artistry significantly contributed to American piano culture.

 The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler offers a cool program guaranteed to take the sweltering edge off of a hot August night, this week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys. Featured performers include Alison Brewster Franzetti, Amy X. Neuberg, Jerry Kuderna, Eileen Joyce, Jascha Spivikovsky, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Alberto Reyes, Rob Schwimmer, Ingrid Haebler, Feona Lee Jones, Joshua Fried and Jed Distler himself. 

On this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist in Residence Jed Distler explores piano sonatas written in a single, uninterrupted movement, with works by C.P. E. Bach, Alexander Scriabin, Jean Raats, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Nicolai Medtner and Konstantin Eiges.

Tune in this Tuesday at 10:00 PM for Between the Keys, an exclusive production of the Classical Network and WWFM.Org.

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