Reflections on Stefan Prins's Piano Hero

PhD in the Arts at VUB/KCB




Piano Hero performances by Stephane Ginsburgh



Klara Festival, Kanal (Brussels) - PH #1, #2, #3 & #4

De Singel (Antwerpen) - PH #1, #2, #3 & #4 (with Beethoven op. 106)


Warszawa Jesien (Warsaw Philharmony) - PH #1, #2, #3 & #4

Music Current (Dublin) - PH #1, #2, #3 & #4


De Bijloke (Ghent) - PH #1, #2, #3 & #4 (premiere complete)

Ultima Oslo (Oslo) - PH #1, #2 & #3

Darmstadt Ferienkurse (Darmstadt) - PH #1, #2 & #3 ( premiere new version)

Nuits du Beau Tas (Brussels) - PH #1

Festival Les Inattendues (Tournai) - PH #1 & #2
Biennale SBAM (Mons) - PH #1 & #2
Conservatoire de Luxembourg (Luxemburg) - PH #1

City University concert series (London) - PH #1
Festival Résonances (Braine-l'Alleud) - PH #1
Why Note (Consortium Dijon) - PH #1 & #2
Imatronic ZKM (Karlsruhe) - PH #1 & #2

Ars Musica (Bozar Brussels) - PH #1 & #2 & #3 (premiere old version)
Festival Tzlil Meudcan (Tel-Aviv) - PH #1

Instants Chavirés (Paris)- PH #1
Festival Loop (Brussels) - PH #1


In March 2019, the label KAIROS will release a portrait DVD+CD Box dedicated to the music of Stefan Prins. It includes a film of Piano Hero.


Stephane Ginsburgh (piano & keyboard)

Florian Bogner/ICST Zürich & Stefan Prins (live-electronics)

Florian Bogner/ICST Zürich (sound)

Stefan Prins, Josiah Oberholtzer & Florian Bogner (MAX programming)

Additional programming: Jan Schacher/ICST Zürich Inside-piano playing on the video samples of Piano Hero #1, #2 and #4: Frederik Croene


“Piano Hero #1” commissioned by Frederik Croene, “Piano Hero #2” commissioned by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, “Piano Hero #3” commissioned by BOZAR, Muziekcentrum De Bijloke and Ultima Oslo, “Piano Hero #4” commissioned by Muziekcentrum De Bijloke


Coproduction Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Ultima Festival Oslo, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt & Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) Zürich


With the support of the Flemish Authorities, the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Brussels Art Platform, Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel & Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel


Camera: Kobe Wens & Fabien De Latauwer

Video editing: Kobe Wens

Sound recording: Florian Bogner/ICST Zürich

Sound mixing and editing: Stefan Prins

Sound mixing and mastering: Stefano Bechini


Recording location: Concert Hall, Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Gent, 28-29 August 2018


On or by Stefan Prins

Holzmüller, Anne, The Politics of Poetry. Piano Hero (2011-2017), 2018

Holzmüller, Anne and Stefan Prins, A Conversation on Piano Hero #1–4 (2011-2017)

Jannsens, Tom, De pianist is een androïde, De Standaard, 27/03/2017

Prins, Stefan, Corps hybrides dans les espaces hybrides, Dissonance 140, 12/2017

Prins, Stefan, Theater van het hybride lichaam: Bewegen in onze augmented reality, Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen, nr. 353, 04/2015 (red. Rebecca Diependaele)

On Ludwig van Beethoven

Adorno, Theodor, Beethoven: The Philosophy of Music, Polity Press, 1998

Badura-Skoda, Paul, and Jörg Demus, Die Klaviersonaten von Ludwig van Beethoven, F.A. Brockhaus, 1974

Kinderman, William, Beethoven, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2009

Koering, René (pref.), Les Lettres de Beethoven, Actes Sud, 2010

Massin, Brigitte and Jean Massin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Fayard, 1967

Rosen, Charles, Beethoven's Piano Sonatas: A Short Companion, Yale University Press, 2002

Sullivan, J.W.N., Beethoven: His Spiritual Development, Read Books, 2013

Schiff, András, and Martin Meyer, Beethovens Klaviersonaten und ihre Deutung: András im Gespräch mit Martin Meyer, Verlag Beethoven-Haus, 2007 


On Karlheinz Stockhausen


Grant, M.J. and Imke Misch eds., The Musical Legacy of Karlheinz Stockhausen: Looking back and Forward, Wolke, 2016

Maconie, Robin ed., Stockhausen: Lectures and Interviews, Marion Boyars, 1989

Stockhausen, Karlheinz, Contrechamps n° 9, Editions l'Âge d'Homme, 1988

On music in general

Adorno, Theodor, Le caractère fétiche dans la musique, Allia, 2015

Adorno, Theodor, Philosophie de la nouvelle musique, Gallimard, 1962

Brendel, Alfred, Music, Sense and Nonsense: Collected Essays and Lectures, Biteback Publishing, 2015

Gadient, Lorenz, Takt und Pendelschlag, Musikwissenschaftliche Schriften 45, Musikverlag Katzbichler, 2010

Ginsburgh, Stephane, Interprétation et performance de la musique actuelle, Les Carnets du Forum n° 1, 2008

Harnoncourt, Nikolaus, Le discours musical: Pour une nouvelle conception de la musique, Tel Gallimard, 1984

Lehman, Harry, La Révolution dans la musique digitale, Allia, 2017

Schenker, Heinrich, The Art of Performance, Oxford University Press, 2000

Other subjects

Coleman, B., Hello Avatar: Rise of the Networked Generation, The MIT Press, 2011

Ferrari, Giordano ed., Pour une scène actuelle, L'Harmattan, 2009

Ignotofsky, Rachel, Women in Science, Ten Speed Press Berkeley, 2016

PhD's alternative title

Beyond the Piano and Back - A journey through the performance of classical and new music