April 12, 2014
When I first start learning a new piece.

When I first start learning a new piece.

(Source: jockohomoremix)

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Filed under: piano glitch 
March 20, 2014
Meet the Artist - Frances Wilson interviews Daniel Roberts
FW: What do you consider to be the most important ideas and concepts to impart to aspiring musicians?
DR: Stick to the music you love, and give unfamiliar pieces time to grow on you, because as you mature you begin to love a whole different collection of works. Remember that the music is to be shared with the audience, and that you are the narrator of the musical adventure you present to the world. Remember that everyone responds to music differently, so it’s important to listen to different perspectives from people’s experience of your performance, to gain valuable insights into the true power of music.
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March 1, 2014
Lezioni di piano (by cosciansky)

Lezioni di piano (by cosciansky)

March 1, 2014
FW: What do you consider to be the most important ideas and concepts to impart to aspiring musicians?
Daniel Tong: If you don’t love music unconditionally then it’s not the job for you.
There’s always more to learn.
Be an avid student and have respect for the musicians of the past as well as the present.
Forget your instrument – it’s just a means to an end.
Every note means something.
Always be open.
Nothing kills music more quickly than dogma.
Music doesn’t speak for itself. It speaks through us, the performers.
February 3, 2014
Downward facing musician…


I’ve seen lots of people ask for advice at various stages of their lives as musicians… and generally speaking, most of the advice given is the same…

Practice every day.

Find a good teacher.

Don’t get discouraged.

Drink heavily.

Maybe that last one is just me…

But here’s some unconventional advice for musicians.

Take yoga.

I don’t mean super crazy Cirque-du-Soleil in a sauna yoga. I just mean a gentle yoga practice. Because honestly… it really does wonders for your mental discipline, your breathing, and your personal awareness your body.

For one thing, I did not have the “breath support revelation” because of voice lessons. I had it because of yoga. It’s so much easier to access those muscles and learn that control when you’re being still and concentrating on just that, and not pitch and dynamics and articulation and pronunciation and vibrato and and and and… you’re just concentrating on your breath for its own sake.

But far more subtle than that is yoga’s underlying principle of connectivity. It’s sort of easy to agree with the idea of everything being connected, but to see and feel the implications of that is a whole new ballgame. I’ve learned a lot of cool tricks for releasing tension and bettering my posture, and they’re all about awareness of how one thing in your body connects to another. 

And another thing… understanding how smaller gestures, movements, and ideas can fit into larger ones. Again… it’s sort of a tough thing to be able to think about when you’re trying to keep a billion other kittens in the basket. In yoga, you’re able to be still and really focus… it’s pretty powerful.

So yeah… find a gentle and positive yoga practice. Not only will you be in better shape, you might find answers to some of your nagging habits or holdups like shoulder tension, flagging breath support, or anxiety.

Couldn’t agree more. I’ve had the same experience!

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Filed under: yoga piano 
February 2, 2014

Daniel-Ben Pienaar

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February 2, 2014


Claude Debussy - Arabesque

Nikolai Lugansky

Perfection. This performance really breathes.

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January 24, 2014

"Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout discusses the fortepiano, its evolution, and how the sound of the instrument influenced the music written for it.

He performs as part of Carnegie Hall’s Vienna: City of Dreams festival on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in Zankel Hall. “

Kristian Bezuidenhout on the Fortepiano (by Carnegie Hall)

January 22, 2014
"I’m not sure how much longer it’s going to be a very good idea to be involved in a specialized, very narrow branch of classical music. When a student comes to me and says, ‘I plan to make a life out of really knowing all of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas’, I feel that is a lovely thing on a personal level. But, as a useful pursuit in our artistic world, it’s not a very needed thing. It takes some people a long time to figure things out.

On the other hand, there are musicians who are more interested in what the world needs. I see all sorts of things that need doing, and I wish young, talented musicians would serve that purpose. A lot of old conservatories are coming to terms with how to help students in the world we’re heading into, one without so many middlemen. It used to be that one would get a manager, one who would sell you to the world, but this really isn’t happening very much anymore. There might be five people who get this kind of treatment (laughs). Seeing the kids who win the top competitions, you find that they need to be just as resourceful as everybody else. I don’t expect that Daniil Trifonov will pursue the same kind of career that Van Cliburn had."

— Bruce Brubaker speaking in an interview with The Examiner.

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Filed under: piano music future career 
January 20, 2014

Claudio Abbado (1933-2014)

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