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#2231291 - 02/14/14 02:52 AM going to concert with teacher
adultpianist Offline
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My favourite pianist is coming back to London next year to do a concert and I want to ask my piano teacher to accompany me. I have told my teacher I like this pianist and wondered if it is the done thing to do? Obviously the tickets are not cheap but they are not that expsnsive but someone would have to really like the pianist to pay what they are asking for front row.

Should I just keep my relationship professional with my teacher to class only. I am not looking to make friends with my teacher but its just that she knows I like this pianist and so I simply wondered if she would come to share my enthusiasm and as a teacher she could give her view on the performance from her viewpoint.

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#2231321 - 02/14/14 05:09 AM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: adultpianist]
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Originally Posted By: adultpianist
My favourite pianist is coming back to London next year to do a concert and I want to ask my piano teacher to accompany me. I have told my teacher I like this pianist and wondered if it is the done thing to do? Obviously the tickets are not cheap but they are not that expsnsive but someone would have to really like the pianist to pay what they are asking for front row.

Should I just keep my relationship professional with my teacher to class only. I am not looking to make friends with my teacher but its just that she knows I like this pianist and so I simply wondered if she would come to share my enthusiasm and as a teacher she could give her view on the performance from her viewpoint.


No, I wouldn't ask her. But you can simply mention that your favourite pianist is giving a concert and that you are really looking forward to going. Up to her is she says anything, for all you know she might well hate the pianist or need the money for other things.

If you only want her opinion about the technic, you can simply show her a video from youtube... and THEN mentioning the upcoming concert and that you are going... if her answer is positive.

But don't ask her directly if she would like to go with you. Let her approach you.

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#2231354 - 02/14/14 07:54 AM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: adultpianist]
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If you're going to ask her to come to an expensive concert then you really have to offer to pay for both seats.
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#2231392 - 02/14/14 09:10 AM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: adultpianist]
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Polyphonist is right in stating something obvious that I still missed in your post. You can't expect your piano teacher to "go Dutch" with you to something she may have little or no interest in.

And I must say that even if you do buy her a seat and she comes, you might be disappointed to learn that she is at best neutral about your favorite pianist.



Edited by Peter K. Mose (02/14/14 04:06 PM)

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#2231476 - 02/14/14 12:07 PM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: adultpianist]
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Might I ask who the pianist is?
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#2231493 - 02/14/14 12:32 PM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: adultpianist]
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Yes you have to pay for her ticket if you ask her to go.
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#2231506 - 02/14/14 12:52 PM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: Polyphonist]
malkin Offline
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Might I ask who the pianist is?


Unless she has more than one favorite, she is speaking of Helene Grimaud.
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#2231510 - 02/14/14 12:56 PM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: malkin]
adultpianist Offline
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yes it is Helene Grimaud. How ever did you guess? My piano teacher does actually like Helene as a pianist so I have no reason to doubt she will like her if she went to hear her play at a concert hall. I personally think Helene is a God.

I actually have a blog. I started it when I met someone at the most recent Helene Grimaud concert a few weeks ago and he said he kept a concert diary. I started one, beginning with the Brahms concert I went to recently. I will update it and show it here as and when I have a few more things on it. It will not only include write ups about concerts but anything else do to with piano and music.

I did ask a friend to go with me but she said as the concert is a year from now, she could not guaranted that she would be able to go. Why do people book a year ahead for concerts. How do the audience know that they are going to be free a year from now. The pianist could not guarantee that, let alone the audience.


Edited by adultpianist (02/14/14 01:11 PM)

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#2231605 - 02/14/14 04:13 PM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: adultpianist]
Peter K. Mose Offline
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Here in Canada we don't ask anyone to join us at a piano recital a year in advance. Maybe 3 weeks at most. Even if Mme Grimaud is a deity.

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#2231635 - 02/14/14 05:28 PM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: Peter K. Mose]
adultpianist Offline
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Originally Posted By: Peter K. Mose
Here in Canada we don't ask anyone to join us at a piano recital a year in advance. Maybe 3 weeks at most. Even if Mme Grimaud is a deity.


The fact of the matter is, the concert hall have booked Helene a year ahead and are already selling the tickets and at least half of the tickets have been sold. I do not understand why they think that people can presume so far in advance that they will be able to attend a year from now.

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#2231648 - 02/14/14 05:56 PM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: adultpianist]
TimV Offline
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Originally Posted By: adultpianist
I do not understand why they think that people can presume so far in advance that they will be able to attend a year from now.


Well, that's just the way it is, I guess. If there's someone who I really want to see, I buy tickets as early as I can. Then I put it on my calendar and try to plan around it. Worst case scenario I'll give the tickets away, or sell them, or some venues have a ticket exchange facility.

I may have given away one or two sets of tickets in the last 10 years. But it engenders goodwill in the recipients, and I find they repay in kind, since I don't accept cash from friends for that kind of thing.
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#2231741 - 02/14/14 10:38 PM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: adultpianist]
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I have been wanting to invite my ex-violin teacher to violin concert but I felt the same. Of course I was prepared to pay for both seats. I never did...

I don't have the same problem with my current piano teacher because he absolutely cannot stand Valentina Lisitsa! Plus, he's so busy I wouldn't need to ask. Though, I went to his piano recitals several times, heard him on radio, on TV etc. In a way, I've been to concerts with him. It's just that he didn't need to pay for a seat :-)

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#2231838 - 02/15/14 01:48 AM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
If you're going to ask her to come to an expensive concert then you really have to offer to pay for both seats.


That's what I was thinking too. Also, I don't find any harm in being friendly with your teacher. I consider my teacher a great friend.

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#2231975 - 02/15/14 10:44 AM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: HalfStep]
adultpianist Offline
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I had my lesson today and menioned that I had heard about this concert next year. I said I asked someone to go with me but they were not going to book for something a year from now. I then said to my teacher, I do not want to go on my own this time. Without any prompting from me, she said what day is it and I said Saturday and then she said "Well it is a long time since I went to a concert so I will go with you". So she took my phone number and the details of the concert and said she will look at the concert hall to think of the best seats to book. She said front row is not good because you are too near the stage and would have to look up and get a pain in your neck. This is true because some concert halls have the front row seats very close to the stage. The particular hall that this concert is at is very near and the last time I went to hear an opera singer I had front row and had to put my head up and back to look and it was uncomfortable. However, I said to my teacher, I like front row to be near the pianist because I can clearly see how they use the pedal, how they put their fingers etc and if you are too far away you cannot see these things and it is important for me and my development to see how professional pianists perform. My teacher also said that sound carries in a hall and its better for sound to sit further back. Anyway she has agreed to come which is cool. We will both be paying for our tickets seperately so no offering to pay for her as a bribe lol

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#2232060 - 02/15/14 01:19 PM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: adultpianist]
Tubbie0075 Offline
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Good for you :-)

For concertos, I generally like to sit around 1/3 from the stage and 1/3 from the left, depending on the concert hall. That way, I get to see and hear the soloist clearly but also get to hear the entire orchestra a bit more evenly.

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#2232078 - 02/15/14 01:54 PM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: Tubbie0075]
adultpianist Offline
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This is solo piano. No orchestra

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#2232170 - 02/15/14 05:12 PM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: adultpianist]
Tubbie0075 Offline
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They call these piano recitals. Concert usually means music played with/by an orchestra.

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#2232196 - 02/15/14 06:02 PM Re: going to concert with teacher [Re: Tubbie0075]
adultpianist Offline
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Yes I do know lol

Not sure why I put concert. It has been a long busy week and my brain had turned to mush lol

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