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.

A critical component of expression on the piano is musical gesture: • Rhythmical gesture, as in cyclical organization of time with gravitational pull towards the substantial beat; • Cadence gesture, as in horizontal movement dynamically driven by the characters of harmony towards culminations; and • Dynamic gesture, as...

Technical skill is personal, since we ultimately strive for an individual technique. One has to learn not only how to use technical cookie cutters (formulas - i.e. scales, arpeggios, ornaments, chords, octaves, and polydactyla), but also how to make one's own personal technical cookie...

A challenge to the serious pianist in the 21st century is finding the balance between playing understandable and appreciable, even desirable and lovable for an audience (assuming at least their rudimentary musical knowledge) while playing faithfully to musical ideals, to the preservation of tradition and...

Music emerges from the score like a tree from the ground: same seed, same elements, same principles, same basic laws, same holy trinity, same universe, but infinite permutations. All trees are created equal and yet no two trees are the same. That applies also to...

When we search for the beauty of sound on the piano, we have to first search for the internal world of harmonies and cultivate the melodic line regardless of the sound qualities and properties of the instrument. See: 13 • Chimera...