04 April 2022
By Ellie Palmer
"Sheet music was invented 300 years ago, but OKTAV re-invents it for the future."
Grammy-award-winning pianist and composer Chilly Gonzales has partnered up with OKTAV – an Austrian sheet music service that is fast on the rise.
OKTAV hosts over 20,000+ arrangements in their sheet music hub, with music ranging from Brahms to Adele. The app also has a Spotify-like algorithm built in, giving users customised recommendations based on the individual's skill level and taste in music. While it is free to make an OKTAV account, users must subscribe either monthly (£12.90 per month) or annually (£8.25 per month). Both options give you access to all 20,000+ arrangements. Other features include videos showing users how a piece is supposed to sound, and a 'sheet music player' featuring helpers like adjustable auto-scrolling, metronome, and an easy, intuitive way of adding own annotations, fingering, and highlights.
A multitude of pieces by Chilly Gonzales are now available to play via OKTAV, including Chico, Solitaire, October 3rd and plenty more. Commenting on the new partnership, Gonzales says, "Browsing through OKTAV makes me feel like I'm in a musical playground... Music is magic, and OKTAV makes you the magician."
Chilly Gonzales has collaborated with a number of artists throughout his career including Drake, Feist, Daft Punk, and Jarvis Cocker
David Kitzmüller, CEO and Co-Founder of OKTAV, comments, “We are so thrilled to be cooperating with Chilly Gonzales, whom we personally admire both as an incredible performer and a prolific composer. We have experienced a steady rise in demand for high-quality digital sheet music. More and more people discover the convenience of just logging on to the internet to access the whole world of piano literature, complete with method books, making piano playing fun and easy."
OKTAV also cooperates with some of the world's biggest sheet music publishers – among them the Universal Music Group, Alfred Music, Schott, Bärenreiter, Ricordi, and Faber Music, whose CEO Richard King says: “Faber Music was excited to be an early adopter of the OKTAV platform to help us deliver content from our extensive catalogue of digital rights and assets. They have proven themselves, very quickly, to be an excellent distribution channel."
You can find out more about OKTAV here.