April 15, 2024

About the Author: Xinyue

Xinyue, a renowned classical piano teacher at London Piano Institute, brings over a decade of experience, remarkable skills, and awards to inspire students.


In this curated list, we present 15 piano pieces perfectly suited for concert performance. These selections are divided into five distinct categories, each offering its own unique musical journey:

  1. Deceptively Difficult Yet Accessible Pieces
  2. Slow and Beautiful Compositions
  3. Majestic and Dramatic Works
  4. Virtuosic and Fast-Paced Compositions
  5. Jazz-Inspired Pieces

Each masterpiece promises a delightful auditory experience. Be sure to immerse yourself in the beauty and artistry of these incredible compositions!

Category One: Deceptively Difficult Yet Accessible Pieces

These pieces by Sibelius, Grieg, and Ravel may appear challenging but are remarkably accessible to intermediate pianists. They offer gorgeous melodies and expressive depth without the demand for advanced technical skills.

  • Jean Sibelius: “The Spruce” from Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 75-5 Listen Here
  • Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Op. 43-1
  • Maurice Ravel: Nocturne, Op. 157-2

Category Two: Slow and Beautiful Compositions

This category features the introspective and lyrically rich works of Scriabin, Poulenc, and Rachmaninoff, highlighting their ability to convey deep emotion and sensitivity.

  • Alexander Scriabin: Waltz in F-sharp Minor, Op. 1 Listen Here
  • Francis Poulenc: Nocturne No. 4, FP 105
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3-1

Category Three: Majestic and Effective

Powerful contributions from Bartók, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich define this category. Their compositions are bold and evocative, characterized by strong rhythmic patterns and dramatic contrasts.

  • Béla Bartók: Piano Suite, Op. 14 Listen Here
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 14
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue No. 1, Op. 87

Category Four: Fast

The fast-paced pieces by Bartók, Chopin, and Ravel bring excitement and virtuosity, showcasing the pianist’s agility and precision with their energetic tempos and intricate rhythms.

  • Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 Listen Here
  • Frédéric Chopin: Waltz in E Minor, B. 56
  • Maurice Ravel: Toccata, from Le Tombeau de Couperin

Category Five: Jazz Style

This category introduces pieces with a jazz influence by Kapustin, Gershwin, and Gurdjieff, adding a lively and entertaining twist to the program. These compositions are lively and engaging, perfect for showcasing improvisational skills and jazz-inflected melodies.

  • Nikolai Kapustin: Piano Sonata No. 100 Listen Here
  • George Gershwin: “Wonderful,” from Song Book
  • George Gurdjieff: “Play Piano Play,” No. 5

These pieces offer a variety of styles and moods, suitable for a concert program that can appeal to different audiences. Whether it’s the slow and beautiful melodies, the majestic and effective musical effects, or the fast-paced and dynamic rhythms, these pieces promise to provide an engaging musical experience for listeners.

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