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The Role of the Concert Pianist
The Concert Pianist's Motivating Force
Come with me and experience your own deep, emotional journey into the living piano and he who breathes life into this majestic instrument.
Pianists are struck with motivating forces through the different kaleidoscope of emotions which penetrate deep into the soul. To put it simply, we hear music that interweaves feelings of supreme joy, longing, despair, loss, ecstasy.
For the musician, these feelings are motivating enough to move him to great dedication and personal sacrifice. Hours, weeks, months and even years of consistent practice sparked by one desire - to perfect and perform the music.
The following interpretation of music as it is born through the fingers of the pianist is my own. Thank you for granting me the freedom to voice my feelings and share my passion for music through the magnificence of the Concert Pianist.
Dominic Piers Smith Pianist
Audrey Hunt Piano Performance
What Makes A Concert Pianist?
You don't choose to be a concert pianist, it chooses you. You are one with the instrument. The piano completes you. I understand this relationship. I cannot resist exploring the keys of any piano within my sight. It calls out to me "Here I am, waiting for you. Come home."
There is a marked difference between practice styles of amateurs and virtuosi. Amateurs tend to play long passages straight through, stopping to repeat faulty notes several times.
Virtuosi concentrate on fragments, seldom playing the entire piece, and correct wrong notes by playing them in context of a larger phrase.
A concert pianist in the making has dedicated himself to a life of strict discipline. He must practice while his friends are out playing and socializing. He makes a choice to give up certain activities in exchange for more time at the piano.
It's a fact that you play at the level at which you practice.
To be a successful concert pianist you must strive to do a little bit more. Talent is never enough. Perseverance (determination) keeps the pianist going even when he's tired. Fatigue and discouragement are not signs to quit.
The concert pianist sets goals for himself and completes those goals. He is hungry to learn.
Anyone who does what he must only when he's in the mood (or if it's convenient,) is not going to develop his talent or become successful.
The famous pianist Bill Evans said " When you play music, you find a part of yourself that you never knew existed. "
The Concert Pianist
Visions of threads form the black tuxedo
Wrapped around the tall, lanky outline
Quietly approaching the concert grand lady
Entering the stage where she waits for him
White teeth exposed arranged in special order
Against wings of black intruders
However still necessary
Waiting to unleash emotion that only he can ignite
The long well trained fingers caressing every key
Producing daring sounds
The soul emerges from a familiar melody
So gentle, so beautiful
Leaving footprints of memories shared
Eternal talent floates from creative voices
Lost time only brings the magic closer to me
Inflaming this unquenched love
Torn, longing locked secretly inside
Oh, to hear just one more Chopin Prelude
Frozen by musical vibrations penetrating every cell
Thriving on dimensions, cascading minor scales
Kaleidoscope of colors stimulates the senses
A waterfall of emotion completes the human need
God's melodic outline midst ravishing creation
Accomplished hands kissed by his muse
Live cherished forever
A pillar of strength embodies Beethoven
Sonatas genius of emotion and obedience
Distorted sounds, amid conflict and beauty
He is the master, tutor and trainer
Born within the Great Staff and timeless space and lines
A magnificent soul with sweetest strains of music
Obedient rippled waves to cradle eager tears
Beckoning him to explore every key,
With a magician's touch blends all 88 sounds
Unknown challenge laying before him
To search his heart and find me there
Too many years - waiting and dreaming
Forever faithful to one master
A duet longing to be transposed and defined
Notes entertwined dining on wings of eternal bliss
The concert pianist lives through his music
Taking it with him when he withdraws
The human heart revives his spirit
To listen once again
To know thyself with every key
Truth unwinds integrity
Just one more Chopin Polonaise
And life is once again more sweet
The metered heartbeat reigns again
It's music lives inside each cell.
An Accomplished Concert Pianist
Please enjoy the following video and musical genius of Kendall Ross Bean.
Kendall began playing the piano at the ripe age of four, under the direction of his grandmother, who was at one time a pianist for the silent movies. At seven years of age, began composing and by seventeen he had made his first recording with a symphony orchestra.
With a Masters Degree in Piano Performance, he went on to win several scholarships, awards and teaching assistantships. Kendall has continued to perform as a concert pianist and entertainer in hundreds of concerts, several national television shows and music recordings.
This classical music that you are about to review was first aired in 1986 to an audience of 18 million on the Arts & Entertainment Network. It received an ACE Award Nomination. The Cable ACE Award (earlier known as the ACE awards) was an award that was given from 1978 to 1997 to honor excellence in American cable television programing. The ACE Award was originally created to serve as a cable television counterpart to the Emmy Award, which did not recognize cable
I was privileged a few years ago to be a guest soloist at a Kendall Ross Bean Concert in California. The solo was "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," with none other than Kendall himself as my accompaniest. It is a memory I shall always cherish.
Kendall Ross Bean - Dear Friend and Sweet Soul
What Daniil Trifonov Does With His Hands Is Spectacular"
This is exactly what I was thinking as I viewed the following video of the young Russian concert pianist.
Daniil Trifonov bursts on to the International Piano Competition scene like a comet in a blaze of glory. Only 21, became one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation. He walked away with top winning prizes in one piano competition after the other including the distinguished International Chopin Master Competition.
I invite you to watch the following video. It promises a musical experience you'll not soon forget.
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To become a concert pianist takes enormous discipline as well as:
In this competitive field it also takes some luck. But most of all being a Concert pianist requires a love of music and the piano itself.
As Robert Schumann said, "“It is the Artist’s lofty mission to shed light into the very depths of the human heart.”
Robert Schumann (1810–1856), German composer, writer, and music critic
"Music wraps its arms around us, providing an eternal hug." - Audrey Hunt
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