Our Story

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Bringing PIANO into the 21st Century
  • Yukimi Song

    Creator & Executive Producer

    The Piano Pod🎙 is a one-of-a-kind podcast that delves deep into the fascinating world of classical music, with a specific focus on the 🎹 piano. In a biweekly format, the show explores intriguing discussions with guests breaking exciting new ground in the classical music industry. The Piano Pod aims to nurture a thriving community that embraces innovative approaches to ensure classical music’s relevance and vitality in today’s dynamic landscape.

    “How can I present the beautiful tradition of classical music to the 21st-century audience in a fun, contemporary, and engaging way?”

    When I started building a piano studio in the trendy neighborhood of Downtown Manhattan in 2007 while in the NYU graduate program in piano studies, I began to ponder this question. I realized the stark difference in expectations toward classical music and music education between music professionals and the general public. Then, one of the NYU music department’s professors suggested I start a podcast: the platform would allow classical musicians to address this disparity and spark conversations about audience engagement.

    Yukimi Song

    Creator & Executive Producer
  • Finally, fast forward to 10+ years later, The Piano Pod was born in the summer of 2020. Since then, I have had the privilege of interviewing A-listers in the classical music industry: international concert pianists, composers, arrangers, digital streamers/influencers, music educators, entrepreneurs, neurodiverse specialists, and performance psychologists. Through fascinating conversations, we have explored how classical music should continue to evolve to remain relevant to our lifestyle, society, and culture.

    Over the past three seasons, The Piano Pod has achieved remarkable success by reaching faithful listeners on audio platforms and viewers via YouTube. As the show is celebrating the past season’s achievements and gearing toward the new season in the fall, my mission as the Executive Producer is crystal clear: to provide a platform for classical musicians and educators to reflect and discuss ways to keep our industry robust and meaningful in this ever-changing world and move it forward in the post-pandemic era.

    Join us on The Piano Pod journey as we explore the vibrant world of classical music in a fresh, contemporary light! Subscribe now to join the conversation and be part of our thriving community dedicated to shaping the future of classical music.