George Litterst is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and music software developer. A classically-trained pianist, he is also a multimedia musician who works extensively with high-tech pianos in his performing, teaching, and other professional activities.
Mr. Litterst has appeared in solo recitals and chamber concerts in New England, the Midwest and California, and has also made guest appearances as a conductor. In addition to performing on acoustic piano and the Disklavier, he is also a MIDI musician who has recorded numerous pieces for music publishers such as Hal Leonard and Romeo Music.
George has taught in a wide variety of musical environments such universities, conservatory prep schools, community music schools, public schools and private studios. Academic institutions where he has taught include the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School, Northeastern University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the Music Teachers National Association and other professional musical and educational organizations.
As a software developer, George Litterst founded TimeWarp Technologies and co-developed valued educational software applications such as Home Concert Xtreme, Internet MIDI and Classroom Maestro.
As an author, George has written educational materials, music software documentation and articles on music and computer applications in professional journals, as well as, articles about consumer software. His publication credits include: Keyboard Companion, American Music Teacher, Electronic Musician, Piano & Keyboard, Sheet Music Magazine, JAZZIZ, Play, Piano Quarterly, Soundwaves, Coda Notes, Keyboard Classics, the I.S.A.M. Newsletter, and The MACazine. He is also the author of a book on music theory as well as "Inside Finale: The Art and Science of Music Notation".
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The History of Disklavier, Part 1 | Jun 19
The history of the piano is a history of technological change and innovation, starting over 300 years ago with the escapement action of Bartolomeo Cristofori and continuing with knee levers, pedals, action modifications, cast iron frame, and so muchRead More
The History of Disklavier Part 2 | Jun 26
And the next chapter in the History of Disklavier: Disklavier PRO An important historical moment in the evolution of the Disklavier occurred in 1998. The new PRO Disklavier – with a Mark IIXG control unit – offered unprecedented recording accuracy and playback realism. WithRead More
The History of Disklavier, Part 3 | Jul 03
Continuing the story of Disklavier: Mark III In 2002, Yamaha updated the Disklavier once again, introducing the Mark III standard Disklavier (available in the U1 upright and most models of grands) and the Mark III PRO, available in the C3 andRead More
The History of Disklavier, Part 4 | Jul 10
And this brings us up to our most recent history, ENSPIRE. ENSPIRE™ The ENSPIRE™ made its debut in 2016 and ushered in a new era of advanced player piano technology and wireless control. The ENSPIRERead More
There is nothing quite like the joy of playing a real piano. The feel of the keys and the beauty of the tone – produced by felt hammers striking metal strings resonating through a massive wood soundboard – isRead More