Pianist Rants

A pianist's take on music, life, and other things.


On Audiences

19.11.2018

They are your cheerleaders sans pompoms. Filled with pride, armed with flowers they sit and listen to you doing whatever it is you're doing. Afterwards they'll tell you you were wonderful, you looked terrific, well done you. They're the all-important support network you need to stay sane, so appreciate all the compliments, do a twirl in...

On Critique

20.10.2018

"You should have your left foot closer to the pedals."

How it seems in the Sibelius Academy (and probably any other school of extremely high and super awesome musical ecudation) is that there is one true career path for a pianist, and that is the solitary road to greatness. When I was young and had my bright future still ahead of me, I thought the options were to be a...

It's easy to pay attention when singers are singing. They usually wear bright colours, stand in the middle of the stage and make a lot of noise with words - they tell stories. And the pianist? They're further back, wearing colors that perfectly blend into the grand piano, there are no easily recognizable stories and certainly no words. If...

When recording audition tapes with singers you're a helping pair of hands, not the star of the show. Great! Time to relax and not stress about every single note. Probably no-one will pay attention to your brilliant background things, so why not just enjoy yourself? There's just one tiny little 'but': if you ruin an otherwise glorious recording with...

On Clothes

07.09.2018

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a pianist must wear clothes to each and every performance. I have this image of myself playing something amazing in a bright green silk dress that floats around me in a magnificient wave, designer jewellery to match, and very shiny silver pumps. In reality I'm dressed in black stuff, always. Except when...