Pianist to Pianist

A collection of pianistic, pedagogical, methodical, musical, artistic, and cultural contemplations, concepts, observations, and concerns, from pianist to pianist, pedagogue to pedagogue, musician to musician and from a curious and critical observer.

When you warm up before a performance, don't just warm up your fingers: warm up your ears, your musical mind, your artistic soul! When you rehearse alone before a concert, you can and perhaps should play at a slower tempo, but under no circumstances should you...

A concert pianist must cultivate and use his natural special abilities, not only to improve his weaknesses but also to explore and augment his strengths and inclinations, and thus pursue a personal and unique technique and artistry. A piano pedagogue must profess universal solutions to students,...

The worst fumbling and clueless beginner and the greatest competent and insightful master are extreme ends of one spectrum of cultivation or fortuitous circumstances separated by 10,000 hours of expert practice. In the same way a tiny seed and a giant sequoia are extremes on one spectrum of cultivation or fortuitous circumstances separated by 1,000 years of growth.

The trend to ever younger and better-looking interpreters of classical music is questionable – would we really want to read a book by a "dazzling and successful pop icon" author? What would such a person have to say? It needs more than physical and expressive...

The issue of expressive arm weight transfer was never satisfactory addressed by piano pedagogy in writing because the necessity of musical narrative and therefore expressive dynamics of the melodic line was not taken into account. The use of arm weight and momentum is simple (but not...

In ikebana-do, tactical team sports, warfare, hiking, chess, a date, or a jam session one is engrossed in the moment, but simultaneous recognition of and preparation for the imminent future, as well as the concept and planning of short, mid, and long-term events are also taking place. Attentionscape. Xin. Flow. This state enables ones attention to shift in-between these multitude of aspects and organize and reorganize decisions and actions while at the same time witnessing the simultaneity of all these levels in concërt.