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.

In his last piano sonatas, Beethoven wrestled with the emerging romantic ideals and with his personal tragedy. As compositions the last sonatas are neither specifically pianistic nor particularly orchestral as they are expressions of pure and intrinsically metaphysical musical thought. I believe that Beethoven was...

We sometimes think about the amateur musicians of the 19th century in a belittling way. But do the practice room jockeys of the 21st century have any artistic advantage over an educated and sensitive music lover in the time of Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms?...

When an artist explains to you what he believes in and why he is doing what he is doing as he is doing it: When is it performance philosophy and when is an attempt to explain to himself and to you what and why he...

Never believe in your success as an artist, only in how far you found truth and beauty. Never believe in your myth as an artist; you are only as good as your last gig. Never try to find an ultimate interpretation. Music must always be in the...