Kairoff at the Keyboard

Steinway recording artist and Wake Forest University Professor of Music Peter Kairoff has performed as piano and harpsichord soloist all over the world, and he brings his talent, knowledge, and accessible style to each Kairoff at the Keyboard episode.

Peter makes classical music engaging, easy to understand, and his passion for the music is infectious. What makes Romantic music romantic? Who was Bach, and what made him so great? What exactly is musical form? Find out the answer to these questions and everything else you ever wanted to know about Classical music but were afraid to ask with Kairoff at the Keyboard. 

  • 1:19pm Jun 29, 2018
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    Shedding Light On Claude Debussy's Music

    Claude Debussy's music continues to be described as "impressionistic", even though the composer himself hated the term. Debussy just wanted to be known as a French composer.

  • 11:25am May 25, 2018
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    Béla Bartók: One Of A Kind

    Composer Béla Bartók was the father of ethnomusicology, scouring the villages of Eastern Europe for folk songs.

  • 1:59pm May 11, 2018
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    The American Romantics

    Peter pays tribute to wonderful late 19th century American composers, some of whom were once considered among the best in the world.

  • 1:26pm May 04, 2018
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    Breaking Down Brahms

    Brahms was composing in the late 19th century, but he worshipped music of the past. In this episode, Peter shows us how Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven all find their way into Brahms' music.

  • 1:05pm Apr 20, 2018
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    Mozart And Sonatas

    The word 'sonata' simply means 'sounded', but when it comes to the classical period in music, there's a lot more to it than that.

  • 1:02pm Apr 13, 2018
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    Robert Schumann's Scenes of Childhood

    In this episode, Peter explores Robert Schumann's nostalgic Scenes of Childhood. The set of thirteen pieces paints different pictures of the composer's idealized childhood.