For most of the last twenty years he has confined his teaching activity to the piano. His pupils, many coming from abroad for purposes of study with him, include pianists of worldwide repute. He has also given numerous masterclasses on both sides of the Atlantic. In January 2004 he was appointed Professor of Musical Aesthetics and the History of Piano Performance at the International Piano Academy - Lake Como in Italy.
As a writer he has contributed articles, reviews and interviews to numerous journals and reference works (including The New Statesman, The Listener, Encounter, The Musical Times, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians) some of them being reprinted in book form (Oxford University Press, Robson Books). His books include highly acclaimed biographies of Chopin and Brahms, two volumes on the history and literature of the piano, and biographies of Mozart and Beethoven, published in December 2005. His latest book, on Tchaikovsky, was published in September 2007. Since December 1997, he has been the editor of Piano magazine, whose regular contributors include many of the world's greatest pianists.
His career as a broadcaster began in New York in 1963 with an East Coast radio series on the life and work of Mozart, described by Alistair Cooke as "the best music program on American radio". On the strength of this, improbably, he was hired by the BBC as a humorist, in which capacity he furnished weekly satirical items on various aspects of American life. After a long break he returned to broadcasting in 1977, and has devised, written and presented more than 1,000 programmes, including the international-award-winning series The Elements of Music. In 1988 he was appointed Head of Music at the BBC World Service, broadcasting to an estimated audience of 135 million.
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