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#1742531 - 08/29/11 10:07 AM Qualities of a top concert pianist
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Being relatively new to classical music and concert pianists I'm here to learn.

What qualities do you look for when judging a concert pianist? What makes some of them really stand-out?

One thing I like to see is, I believe, what is called articulation. I take this to mean every note is made audible rather than being missed or played too lightly.

How do you determine when a pianist is playing "musically?" I suppose this is determined, in part, by how you think a piece should be played--or, the original intentions of the composer.

I've heard the expression: "They make the instrument 'sing." What attributes, in addition to technique, contribute to making the instrument sing?

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#1742800 - 08/29/11 06:41 PM Re: Qualities of a top concert pianist [Re: Bech]
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I am sure some interesting opinions will show up here, but the best answer to your questions has already been given by one of the greatest piano teachers of the twentieth century, Heinrich Neuhaus in his book The Art of Piano Playing. He taught Richter and Gilels, so he should know what he is talking about. He discusses every aspect of piano playing.

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#1742820 - 08/29/11 07:14 PM Re: Qualities of a top concert pianist [Re: cubop]
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Originally Posted By: cubop
I am sure some interesting opinions will show up here, but the best answer to your questions has already been given by one of the greatest piano teachers of the twentieth century, Heinrich Neuhaus in his book The Art of Piano Playing. He taught Richter and Gilels, so he should know what he is talking about. He discusses every aspect of piano playing.
So what was his answer??

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#1742822 - 08/29/11 07:17 PM Re: Qualities of a top concert pianist [Re: Bech]
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In an online interivew Koji Attwood said:

"Fingers, brains, heart, imagination, and poetic fury."

Sounds like a good answer to me although I must admit I'm not sure what he means by the last one on his list.


Edited by pianoloverus (08/29/11 07:32 PM)

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