Elegance and Exquisite Technique

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, pianist and composer, Stewart Goodyear began his training at Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, received a bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and completed a Masters Degree at Juilliard School of Music in New York. Now calling New York his home, Stewart has performed with the major orchestras of the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many.

Mr Goodyear’s style has strength and drama, elegant and exquisite technique and great emotional depth.

Stewart’s repertoire ranges from Bach to Messiaen, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Gershwin. Known as an improviser and a composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations, and performs his own solo works. In 2010, Mr Goodyear performed at a sold out recital of Beethoven Sonatas in Toronto’s new Koerner Hall. The Middle Sonatas were recently released as a two disc set on the Marquis Label.

Stewart Goodyear’s composition, the fanfare entitled Count Up, was performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Spring 2011, garnering rave reviews.

March 2011

“This weekend Goodyear returns (to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) not only as a soloist, but as a featured composer. The CSO will perform his fanfare commissioned by the CSO and WGUC. ‘Count Up starts with 10 cymbal strokes and counts down with two other themes,’ Goodyear explains. ‘It’s my way of saying happy anniversary to the CSO, for Maestro Jarvi and WGUC.’

Goodyear might be making his CSO debut as a composer but the acclaimed pianist has been writing music since he was an 8-year-old student at a choral school in his native Toronto…”

ANNE ARENSTEIN citybeat.com 23 March 2011

Stewart performed with members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

“This morning the last of our orchestra headed home in all directions across the country, the reverberations of last night’s packed concert at Leeds Town Hall still ringing in our ears..”


Mr. Goodyear’s Beethoven box set, Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas is available now from both iTunes and Marquis Classics.


Available now! Two new releases from Stewart Goodyear. Both from Amazon.com, Beethoven: The Middle Sonatas and a box set Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas.

Beethoven: The Middle Sonatas

Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas



Simultaneous with confirmed release date of 14 February 2012 for Beethoven: The Middle Sonatas, Goodyear’s second CD of Beethoven’s sonatas, Gramophone Awards has provided a resounding review of the first CD in the series: Beethoven: The Late Sonatas.

Count Up

A new composition by Mr. Goodyear, Count Up is a fanfare commissioned to celebrate Paavo Jarvi’s tenth and final season with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and also the fiftieth anniversary of WGUC, Cincinnati’s premier classical radio station.

Count Up, Stewart Goodyear – Performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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Beethoven: The Late Sonatas – NEW!

“From this music, I recognized early on that the human spirit and condition is vast and complex, yet clear, direct, and indestructible. As I reached adulthood, my understanding of this music grew deeper and more intense.

Life has given me very personal interpretations of these works, and I humbly share them with the listener.”

Stewart Goodyear
CD 1

Sonata 28 in A major, Op. 101

1I Allegretto, ma non troppo

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2II Vivace all marcia

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3III Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto

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4IV Allegro

Sonata 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier)

5I Allegro

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6II Scherzo: Assai vivace

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7III Adagio sostenuto

8IV Introduzione – Fuga: Allegro risoluto

Total playing time: 57:11
CD 2

Sonata 30 in E major, Op. 109

1I Vivace, ma non troppo

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2II Prestissimo

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3III Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung

Sonata 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110

4I Moderato cantabile molto espressivo

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5II Allegro molto

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6III Adagio ma non troppo

Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo

L’Istesso tempo di arioso

L’Istesso tempo della Fuga

Sonata 32 in C minor, Op. 111

7I Maestoso: Allegro con brio ed appassionato

8II Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile

Total playing time: 62:24

Catalog MAR 507

Beethoven Album Cover

Listen to Stewart Goodyear talk about this CD, performing all 32 sonatas in 5 days at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and discussing the correct tempo for the Hammerklavier. Interview with Alexa Petrenko on Classical 96 on 29 September 2010. Approximately 8 minutes

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“Stewart Goodyear has been amassing quite a bit of attention lately, and deservedly so, judging from these vital, communicative, and intelligently stylish late-Beethoven performances. Swift tempos, forward sweep, linear clarity, imaginative yet never mannered inflections, and genuine joy in executing the composer’s volatile dynamic markings all characterize Goodyear’s interpretations.

In addition, a genuine and sincere spirit informs Goodyear’s poetic booklet notes.

An outstanding release, highly recommended.”

Jed Distler ClassicsToday

“…Stewart Goodyear, with Beethoven’s last five sonatas, leaps the summit of the piano repertoire with complete success. Performances have a thrilling energy, mania for details, and brim with interpretive ideas that seem to leap out of the speakers in three dimensions. Is he in the rarefied league of Maurizio Pollini? Maybe. Time will tell.”

David Patrick Stearns Philadelphia Inquirer

“Goodyear’s performance of this most difficult of all of Beethoven’s piano works (The Hammerklavier) is spectacular. He builds up tremendous momentum in the opening movement and finale, and there’s an X factor here that convinces you Beethoven would have wanted the effect of technical mastery of very thorny material that emerges here.”

James Manheim AllMusic

How to Start a Business from Zero to Success

Starting a business from scratch is not an easy thing. It takes a strong determination, a hard effort, and a willingness to continue learning. Just look at the inspirational stories of entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg who fought hard from scratch to success as it is today.

So for those of you who are still afraid to start a business, it is time to revamp your paradigm. Eliminate prejudice that starting a business from scratch is something that is impossible to do. There are many ways to start a business that you can apply.

But for starters, you can follow these 10 tips of success.

1. Tailor Your Passion

No matter how often you hear it, passion is one of the most important factors for starting a business. Not even just to start, but also to manage it to success. To start and run a business, you’ll spend a lot of time refining all the linings. So if it’s not based on your love, then all the time you spend building your business from scratch will feel like a heavy burden.

2. Arrange the best business plan possible

Starting a business from scratch means having to prepare mature planning that is poured into the business plan. Good business plan is the key to the success of the business you build. You should map out your plans several years ahead. What objectives you want to achieve, and what way you will use it to achieve it.

There are many reasons why a business plan is an important factor before starting a business, such as to make it easier for you to get capital loans, to assess whether your business is enabling it to begin, as well as one way to convince investors to join your vision.

3. Learn the Market first

The main weapon in starting a business from scratch is a comprehensive market research. During market research, you need to learn the dynamism, who the competitors are, who and how the characteristics of your target market.

You can also find out which gaps you can use. Starting a business without understanding the market is just the same by storing time bombs. Maybe not now, but the effort you’ve built from scratch can collapse at any time.

4. Define your Product

Before you start a business, you’ll need to decide what products you want to offer to potential buyers. Whether it is service or goods. The product you offer must be a solution that can facilitate your potential buyers. This is why market research is a crucial step.

From deep research results, you can know exactly which products are right for the target market you want to go to. After determining the product, you can conduct a market trial. Throw your product to a limited market, for suppose in your family, neighbor, or friendship environment. But make sure that the results of your experiment do fit the market you want to go. The goal is to ensure that your product has its place in the market.

5. Improve Your Skills

When you start your business from scratch, you need to keep learning, learning, and learning. There is still a lot of science that you have to master to succeed your business. The ability to make sales, marketing, and network networks is a must-do.

Therefore, the way to start a good business is to diligently follow seminars, workshops, online courses, or mentoring. You can also learn business stories that are successful from zero to success. From their stories you can learn of the failures they experienced, and how to rise from the failures.

6. Launch your Business

After you have done all the planning and preparation then all you need to do is execute it. Remember that starting a business from scratch is not something impossible. Don’t step back when things don’t go according to plan.

It was a challenge that every successful businessman faced. From there, you can learn how to adapt to the ever-changing business world at all times. You can also learn how to rearrange strategies in a short time to answer the challenge.

7. Always do evaluation

Every businessman who has just pioneered his business must have made various mistakes throughout his career. But they managed to fix one by one such mistakes to success like now always evaluate each mistake in decision making in the middle of the road.

So, never an evaluation. For that it is important to keep all the records in detail as a more comprehensive evaluation material. To simplify your evaluation process, Moka has a COGS feature where you can monitor the purchase price for each item sold. Moka can help you calculate your average spend to monitor the net and gross profit gained from your sales.

8. Improve product quality

After you have done the evaluation, use the results to improve the quality of your product. Feel free to innovate in creating better products because no company is satisfied on one product only. If you do not improve the product quality, then the whole hard work to build a business from scratch will be wasted.

9. Have good customer service

In the early attempts, various mistakes were found. These mistakes may result in complaints from your customers. Therefore, you must have friendly, informative, and solutif customer service.

The point is when customers file complaints, you can provide a win-win solution. Thus the disappointment of your customers can be treated and the effort you have built from scratch will not be smudged by name.

10. Scale Up Your business

Starting a business from scratch is indeed a proud achievement. But your achievements can not stop until there. To run your business to success you have to scale up your business. You have to increase and enlarge your business to have a strong grip on the market.

For example, you open one restaurant fruit in one location. Sure you can’t forever rely on that one outlet. Open a branch in another location either with a franchise scheme or another. But the key point in scale-up is the consistency of your product’s quality. Do not after scale up, the quality of your product decreases sharply. The hard work of the year to build a business from scratch that you have been weakened will be in vain.

Well, what about you?

Indeed, many ways to start a business that you can apply. But it’s a strong determination that can make your efforts run smoothly. If you only dream of becoming an entrepreneur, without attempts to start then it will never materialize. Hopefully of the top ten tips can give you a lesson that the journey from zero to success is not impossible.

How Entrepreneurs Get Inspired

Most of the entrepreneurs are involved because they are happy with the idea of building their own company, and mind building wealth with many challenges.

But at the same time, the conditions can be more difficult than other days, and inevitably, you will be at saturation point when all that motivation and desire seems to stay away from you.

This may not happen often, and may not consume you completely, but it will drain the energy and inhibit the creativity you pour into your business.

In addition, if you are not careful, this can escalate into a real problem.

So when you reach saturation point, on bad days and in these difficult circumstances, what can you do to get your inspiration back?

Reported through Small Biz Trends, here are seven ways that can re-inspire you as an entrepreneur.

1. Read Motivating True Stories.

You can start by reading some motivating stories from entrepreneurs who have overcome the challenges you face, or who are experiencing them today. You can be amused by the fact that you are not on this journey alone, or remind yourself that success may be imminent. You can even learn new coping strategies or ways to reorganize your business.

2. Read Some Motivational Quotes

Similar to reading entrepreneurial stories, you can search for motivational quotes to keep you going. Look for quotes and interviews from key leaders in the entrepreneurial community. Most may sound clichéd, but if you keep looking, chances are you’ll find at least one quote that really suits you personally – enough to rebuild your personal motivation to keep going.

3. Remember Why You Started a Business

Take a moment to take a break and remember why you started with entrepreneurship in the first place, it’s easy to lose this sense of responsibility in everyday business ownership. Do you want to lead the team? Are you pursuing unlimited earning potential? Re-align your focus here, and you’ll see your business from a fresher point of view.

4. Take Time Off

This is an obvious method overlooked by many entrepreneurs. It doesn’t matter if the business isn’t in perfect condition. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot of work. You need to prioritize your own mental health and occasionally rest. Take a few days off, or go on vacation. When you return, you’ll find your inspiration updated. No matter how passionate you are towards something, when you face it every day without a break, you will get bored.

5. Talk to a Mentor

Mentors are people who have far more experience than you, and more perspective on the relatively small challenges and obstacles you face. They will be able to give you some practical advice, or at least some coping strategies to rekindle your inner fire.

6. Exchange Ideas with Your Colleagues

You may find yourself more excited after discussing your business and the nature of business development with other entrepreneurs in your area. They are people who have the same interests as you, perhaps to a higher level, and that passion is contagious. Surround yourself with these people, and you will be naturally more inspired.

7. Get creative

You can also engage in creative activities to calm the mind, free yourself from some of the stress you face, and at the same time train the part of the brain responsible for generating unique solutions to problems. You can study art in museums, play your favorite music, write poetry, paint or do other things that keep your mind active and reduce stress.

Important Steps In Starting a Business

When deciding to start a business or become an entrepreneur, one must have a strong foundation and take various steps so that the business can survive and grow.

Because, not a few businesses stop in the middle of the road for various reasons. Therefore, here are the 10 steps needed to start a business in order to be successful, as quoted from The Balance:

1. Do some research.

Most likely a person who will start a business already identifies what business to run. However, before the idea is applied in a business, do a little research on how big the business will be. Some of these things are important to answer when doing research.

Is the product or service that will be offered is needed by the community? Who needs it? What about the competition, are there other companies offering similar products or services? How to make a business run in accordance with market demand?

2. Make a plan

Before applying the business idea into reality, do a careful business planning that will guide you to run the business from the initial stage to the formation until the development plan.

If you want to seek funding support from investors or financial institutions, the business plan becomes a must. Because that’s where they can validate your idea while looking at the prospects of the business you’re running.

3. Plan your finances

To start a small business does not take a lot of money. However, of course it still takes an initial investment that will be used to cover expenses before making a profit.

Therefore, it is important to make financial planning including estimating what needs and expenses over the next year, ranging from rental costs, marketing, production, employee salaries, stock goods, and so on.

After having a rough calculation, then you can think of a number of ways to fund your small business, including through financing, small business loans or People’s Business Credit, small business grants, angel investors, crowdfunding, including by bootstrap, i.e. using as little capital as possible to start a business.

By knowing the calculation, businesses can make business plans including about the capital needed to start a business.

4. Determine the business structure

Your small business can be a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), or corporation. The business entity you choose will affect many factors ranging from your business name, to your obligations, to how you file taxes.

5. Choose and register your business brand

The name of the selected business or brand has an important role in every aspect of the business. Make sure you think about all the potential implications when choosing a business or brand name. After that, check the trademark, and you can also register the business name.

You can also immediately create a website so that the business is also known online. Buy a domain name immediately for the business you want to develop.

6. Get a license and business license

Documents are part of the process when it comes to starting a business. There are several licenses and small business licenses that you can choose that are tailored to the current business conditions.

7. Choose a financial accounting system

Small businesses run most effectively when owning a system. One of the most important systems for small businesses is an accounting system for creating and managing budgets, setting rates and prices, doing business with others, and filing taxes. You can set up your own accounting system or hire an accountant.

8. Set up a business location

Setting up a business premises is essential to operating a business that is run. Whether you have a head office, shared or private office space, or a retail location. Choose a business location that suits the business being run. Also think about whether it is necessary to buy or rent a place of business.

9. Get your team ready

If you are going to hire employees, now is the time to start the recruitment process. For new small business owners, it is most important to hire employees especially in the administration department who will record various things in your business, both in terms of stock goods, finance, marketing, and others.

10. Promote your small business

Once the business is running and you have to start attracting clients and customers, then it’s time to make a marketing plan. Then, explore as many small business marketing ideas as possible so you can decide how to promote your most effective business.

Remember that success doesn’t happen overnight. Do the business plan consistently to increase your chances of success.