Newest Release

Inaugural Release: Homage to Chopin, Rorianne Schrade
Released in 2009: Howard Aibel, A 25th Anniversary Concert
Released in January 2010: CD of Robert Schrade, Live from Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1
Robert Schrade Volume II


Read a recent review of the CD below:

This recital given in 1984 in New York’s 92nd Street Y crackles with energy and originality. It is a pleasure to listen to, a real antidote to all the bottled-up, polished studio recordings that are now in vogue. Aibel plays with spontaneity, bravery, and flair, all while maintaining near technical perfection. I was greatly impressed with his playing of the fearsome Barber Sonata. The first movement is equal parts fireworks and poetry; his treatment of one particular secondary theme idea (a recurring leaping motive) makes the music soar. II is a delirious rush, and III a pensive and beautiful meditation. Both are executed just right. Aibel then breathes copious fire into the final fugal movement, somehow stockpiling enough energy for the tremendous roaring conclusion.

Brent Auerbach, American Record Guide, Jan/Feb issue 2010 


Also check out a review in the Juilliard Journal online:


Howard Aibel, Pianist
A 25th Anniversary Concert       

Barber, Debussy,  Schumann, Liszt, Alabieff-Liszt,  Bach-Siloti, Chopin

Impromptu Classics is proud to present the re-release of Howard Aibel's stunning 1984 concert at New York's 92nd Street Y. The concert, recorded live, marked the 25th Anniversary of Aibel's 1959 Naumburg Award. This 50th Anniversary year is celebrated with not only this unique recording, but with concerts at New York's Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall. This recording is now available at Amazon, CDBaby, and ITunes, among other stores. Please check back regularly for further information. 



Howard Aibel has won international acclaim as both a performer and teacher. The New York Times, reviewing a performance at Carnegie Hall, called him “a very impressive and authoritative artist.”  In Russia, where he recently delighted audiences with his performances of the Schumann and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerti No. 1, a top critic in St. Petersburg wrote:  “His playing was remarkable, evoking the memory of the golden age of piano playing.”

Aibel’s career was launched in 1959, with a highly successful New York debut as the winner of that year’s Naumburg Award.  He soon won a Fulbright Award and top prizes in the International Busoni and International Casella Piano Competitions as well, leading to highly successful tours of the United States, Europe and Mexico.  

He has since made six tours of Asia, where he performed with orchestra and in recital, and gave master classes in Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.  In a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Aibel shared the stage with his son, the gifted conductor Anthony Aibel.

 Aibel has also performed and given master classes in Dublin, Ireland; Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia; and Salzburg, Austria.  He recently performed at the Polish Consulate in New York City to raise funds for The Chopin Society of New York.  He was invited to Russia for the fourth time. He will perform, lecture and give master classes at the famed Moscow Conservatory.

Aibel graduated from the Juilliard as a scholarship student in the class of the eminent Mme. Rosina Lhevinne; later becoming her assistant for 10 years.

He is a much sought after juror at many national and international piano competitions and was recently presented with a Bravo Award at Carnegie Hall, for “Lifetime Artistic Achievement in the field of Performing Arts” by the Italian Academy Foundation. He celebrates the 50th Anniversary of his New York Town Hall Debut, as the 1959 winner of the Naumburg Award, with a performance of the Schumann Concerto at New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall in November, 2009.

Howard Aibel is listed in Benjamin Saver’s recent book The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA, and in The International Who’s Who in Music.  He has recorded for Capitol Records, TR Records and Sonar Records. This is his first CD for Impromptu Classics. Howard Aibel is a Steinway Artist.



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