By Caroline Benser
In At the Piano: Interviews with 21st-Century Pianists, Caroline Benser explores the kaleidoscopic global of 21st-century pianism via a chain of prolonged interviews with 8 significant pianists: Leif Ove Andsnes, Jonathan Biss, Simone Dinnerstein, Marc-André Hamelin, Stephen Hough, Steven Osborne, Yevgeny Sudbin, and Yuja Wang.
The pianists represented listed below are not just a virtuosos on their tool, popular for his or her renditions of vintage works by means of Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, and Bartók, also they are devoted to advancing pianism, commissioning and acting works through dwelling composers in addition to revisiting and re-exploring musical probabilities missed by means of their predecessors. Interviewees speak with Benser approximately such issues as their first reports on the piano, the serious position performed through their earliest academics, the literature they play, the tools they like, the which means of musicianship to them, and the thrill and problems of a pro occupation doing what they love.
Teachers, scholars, and beginner pianists alike will know about new and lesser-known piano literature; newly built tools that experience prolonged the variety of the keyboard; the outstanding upward thrust of pianists in such international locations as China; and new examine on pianists' accidents and fit enjoying. At the Piano is written not just for the expert and non-specialist pianist but additionally for all musicians and common tune fans.
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But the stress of going into a situation in front of a panel who is going to decide how you measured up is something that I can’t think has in any way much to do with music. Would you ever judge a competition yourself, or have you? I haven’t. I think I would be reluctant to do it. I know myself. I would get too nervous for all the performers and that I’d be a physical wreck. On top of that, there is something about the whole set of circumstances that would probably trouble me too much. I should never say never.
I was very comfortable around those musicians. Tell me about your mother. She was born in Romania, but the family moved to Israel when she was two. Her mother is still there and her family. I go back to visit more or less every year. You’ve played chamber music with your mother, Miriam Fried, from your earliest years. Do you remember your earliest professional performances with her? How old were you and what did you play? I was 13 when we played the Dvořák Sonatina. You mentioned playing your first concerto when you were 13.
That’s probably the one that I loved the most. Recently I’ve listened to Schnabel, who is someone you wouldn’t readily associate with that piece, but it’s magnificent. It’s a live performance with the New York Philharmonic. Those were some of the firsts. Cortot certainly in all of the big solo pieces. indb 38 9/15/11 4:00 PM Jonathan Biss 39 Do you play Chopin at all? Oh, absolutely. I’ve played a lot of him. It’s just a coincidence that I haven’t for the last couple of years, but I will certainly come back to him.