Imagine Being a Concert Pianist

This video selection addresses the question most people that study the piano wonder: what would be like to be a concert pianist? So, take a look at this 58 minute long BBC program titled “Imagine: Being a Concert Pianist” which looks at the life and study of one young pianist in particular and also many accomplished professional pianists.

From the programming notes:
“In July, 19-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor made his debut at the Proms to great acclaim, wowing both audiences and critics with his performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 2 in A Major. The youngest ever soloist to perform in the First Night of the Proms, he returns to the Royal Albert Hall on August 6 to take on Britten’s Piano Concerto.

In 2005, Imagine discovered this musical prodigy in the making. Alan Yentob talked to the 12-year-old Grosvenor about his success the previous year, in the piano section of The Young Musician of The Year Competition. “Imagine: Being a Concert Pianist” gets under the lid of this extreme form of musicianship. Celebrated pianists, including Yevgeny Kissin, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Chinese wunderkind Lang Lang, talk intimately about their lives, their work and their motivation. The program gives a frank and personal perspective on a profession for which the only real qualification is genius, richly illustrated with specially recorded rehearsal and performance.”

Delve further into the world of the concert pianist with this book “Reflections from the Keyboard: The World of the Concert Pianist”. This is a collection of interviews with leading pianists including Claudio Arrau, Emmanuel Ax, Alfred Brendel, Andre Watts, and the late Glenn Gould. A total of 45 pianists are interviewed. A must for anyone who has ever loved the piano.


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