Jonathan Biss's Free Course Looks Like a Hit!
Over 19,000 people have enrolled in pianist Jonathan Biss's free Beethoven class on Coursera!
Offered in partnership with the Curtis Institute of Music, "Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas" begins Sept 3. As Biss writes, "It is not necessary to have studied an instrument or to have any knowledge of music theory to take the course. Rather, it is designed for students of all backgrounds who have a desire to learn more about Beethoven and his world."
Biss launched his nine-year, nine-disc recording cycle of Beethoven's complete sonatas on Onyx Classics in 2012. On the release of the first two volumes, critics praised his "rare, intelligent, deeply musical performances" (International Record Review). Check out his Kindle ebooks as well: Beethoven's Shadow and A Pianist Under The Influence.