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  • Alexander Timofeev, piano
  • Matei Varga, pianist
  • Piano Productions Press
  • ISPC Edition of Zlata Tkach's Children Piano Pieces
  • mSound Recording Studios, Philadelphia
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The International Society of Pianists and Composers, Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes and presents the contemporary or lesser-known music written for piano. Read more... 
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When you join the International Society of Pianists and Composers, you become a member of a world community of composers, pianists, teachers, students and enthusiasts dedicated to advancing the art of piano performance through collaboration and education. Read more...
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Featured Recordings

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The Chase (2-pianos)
Michael Polo, composer - "This is a piece I composed for two pianos and is being published in the Fall of 2008"
Senza Parole
by Tony Uhm. Performed by Alexei Ivanchenko, Tony Uhm (pianos); keyboards & computer programming.
Theme and Variations in A Major
by Carl Filtsch (1830-1845) - Alexander Timofeev, piano.

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john-cage.jpgPerceiving the Music of John Cage: An Examination of his Methods and Intentions
by Brittney Saline

John Cage and his musical works commonly generate heated discussion and a wealth of varied opinions among academics, critics, laypersons, and dilettantes alike. His compositional methods, as well as the artworks derived from them, are oftentimes held as aberrations from the family of accepted concert music. The most oft-cited cry of disapproving critics reads thus: "It's just noise!" Cage's work is frequently labeled as noise, because he completely rejects tonality and hierarchical harmonic convention, the foundation on which nearly all of Western music is based.

Cage did not promote the production of nonsensical, meaningless drivel, nor did he reject tonality merely to be difficult. Rather, Cage bore explicit rationales for the nature of his art. Acutely influenced by the tenets of Eastern thought, particularly Zen mysticism, he practiced these creeds, by developing compositional mechanisms that were directly representative of them. He developed and utilized a variety of chance operations as formulas for both the creation and execution of music free of the biases of human likes, dislikes, and intentions. Cage also conceived of new manners of organizing sound, such that all notions of hierarchy and inequality were eliminated.

Open-mindedness is a characteristic imperative to any artists or thinkers wishing to examine and influence the world surrounding them. Unlike that of many other musics, Cage's paradigm offers, to those who are willing to explore it wholly and honestly, social criticism, insight into the nature of humanity, and space to experience the entire universe of sound.


Welcome to the website of the International Society of Pianists and Composers! The Society was founded in 2008 to represent an international network of musicians from all over the world interested in promoting contemporary piano music. ISPC members have a unique opportunity to collaborate, exchange ideas and develop professional relationships with their colleagues in the ISPC community.
Our expanding network of musicians includes students, faculty, alumni of many conservatories and music colleges in the USA and abroad. Feel free to explore the website and please give us some feedback and/or you could support our mission by giving a small donation which would help us fund our upcoming projects.
We also would like to invite you to visit the Archive section of the website where ISPC members have posted music, videos, sheetmusic and other materials for the website visitors.


Membership Benefits:
  • Become a part of the ISPC network of musicians
  • Get access to a member driven database of original sheet music, audio and video recordings, texts
  • Collaborate, share ideas, participate in discussions and lectures at ISPC Web Meetings
  • Upload your original audio/video files, scores, submit texts, get exposure for your work
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Check out the ISPC Bylaws.
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