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.

Malcolm Gladwell's Blink describes a phenomenon known to audiences of piano performance and art in general: one instantly knows whether one likes it and/or whether it is good ~ which doesn't have to be the same. The extremely relevant issue from the perspective of piano pedagogy...

It is tragic when students follow the petty council of paltry piano pedagogy and later, auto-suggestively, explain their poor results with their supposed lack of physical prowess and the abundance of universal injustice....

What distinguishes a great performance is: the level of intensity, the temperature of the burning flame, the depth of the abyss, the invisible ninety percent of the iceberg, the inevitability of fallibility, the melting of medium and message, and perhaps Kairos....