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Rex Lawson in Rehearsal at the Salzburg Mozarteum
Photo by Rona Eastwood, 2007

Rex Lawson
For over thirty years, Rex Lawson has been at the forefront of pianola music throughout the world. He has performed internationally, in Europe, Australasia and North America, broadcast on hundreds of occasions and is well represented on both LP and CD. From Carnegie Hall to the Last Night of the Proms, with conductors from Pierre Boulez to Sir Andrew Davis, he has brought the pianola back to the very highest level of international concert-giving.

If you would like an example of serious music on the Pianola, then you are free to click on the button below. The excerpt is the well-known 18th Variation from Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, arranged and transcribed by Rex for music roll, and taken from his complete recording of the work on the CD, Aeolia 1001. This was published jointly in 1998 by the Pianola Institute and the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco. For further details, visit the Pianola Institute website.

mp3 RACHMANINOV: 18th Variation on a Theme of Paganini
Performed by Rex Lawson - April 1998, Nottingham.


This roll was played on an Aeolian 88-note Pianola, attached to a Steinway concert grand.
The audio recording is the copyright of the Pianola Institute, 1998.