Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2310656 - 08/03/14 03:24 PM Which pianists began playing at a later age?
rov Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/10/07
Posts: 105
Loc: Mexico
Which professional pianists began playing at a later age?
_________________________
Piamo

Top
Ad 800 (Pearl River)
Pearl River World's Best Selling Piano
#2310658 - 08/03/14 03:31 PM Re: Which pianists began playing at a later age? [Re: rov]
fnork Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/01/04
Posts: 1756
Loc: Helsinki, finland
Almost no-one.
_________________________
http://www.martinmalmgren.com/

Top
#2310676 - 08/03/14 04:08 PM Re: Which pianists began playing at a later age? [Re: rov]
maxmila Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/15/10
Posts: 71
Among the almost no-ones: Giovanni Bellucci

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpQUtpidMJQ

Top
#2310702 - 08/03/14 04:54 PM Re: Which pianists began playing at a later age? [Re: rov]
bennevis Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/14/10
Posts: 5128
This guy started learning at around 13:

http://youtu.be/CVghMk3v3mI
_________________________
"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."

Top
#2310708 - 08/03/14 05:43 PM Re: Which pianists began playing at a later age? [Re: rov]
dolce sfogato Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/29/10
Posts: 2641
Loc: Netherlands
Famous example: Harold Bauer, because of his beautiful hair, said Paderewski
_________________________
Longtemps, je me suis couché de bonne heure, but not anymore!

Mussorgski tableaux d'une exposition/Rachmaninoff etudes tableaux op.39

Top
#2310744 - 08/03/14 07:54 PM Re: Which pianists began playing at a later age? [Re: rov]
trigalg693 Online   content
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/17/08
Posts: 648
Volodos

Top
#2310759 - 08/03/14 08:51 PM Re: Which pianists began playing at a later age? [Re: rov]
pianoloverus Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 19348
Loc: New York City
If you take the phrase "began playing" literally(who knows what the OP meant?)then Volodos began at age 8 and Bauer began playing long before he started studying with Paderewski at 19 or 20. The story I heard was that Paderewski or some other famous pianist told Bauer he was so good at piano that he should "switch" to that instrument. So I'd guess Bauer started long before meeting Paderewski.

Volodos began "serious study"(meaning he was more interested in singing and conducting before) of the piano at 15.


Edited by pianoloverus (08/03/14 08:58 PM)

Top
#2310827 - 08/04/14 12:48 AM Re: Which pianists began playing at a later age? [Re: rov]
laguna_greg Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/02/13
Posts: 1382
Loc: guess where in CA and WA
Originally Posted By: rov

Which professional pianists began playing at a later age?


Uhmm...who the heck cares...?
_________________________
Laguna Greg

1919 Mason & Hamlin AA
1931 Bechstein C - now sold
http://www.triangleassociates-us.com/about_us (my day job)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Taubman (a recent article I wrote about one of my teachers)

Top
#2310866 - 08/04/14 04:19 AM Re: Which pianists began playing at a later age? [Re: laguna_greg]
Ritzycat Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/11/14
Posts: 163
Originally Posted By: laguna_greg
Originally Posted By: rov

Which professional pianists began playing at a later age?


Uhmm...who the heck cares...?


Well, obviously the OP does, hence his asking of the question. Nonetheless, I am also interested in the answers to this question.

Top
#2310867 - 08/04/14 04:20 AM Re: Which pianists began playing at a later age? [Re: laguna_greg]
Polyphonist Offline
7000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/03/13
Posts: 7605
Loc: New York City
Originally Posted By: laguna_greg
Originally Posted By: rov

Which professional pianists began playing at a later age?


Uhmm...who the heck cares...?

I admit I am among those who fail to see the appeal of a question like this.
_________________________
Regards,

Polyphonist

Top
#2310881 - 08/04/14 05:58 AM Re: Which pianists began playing at a later age? [Re: rov]
ando Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/23/10
Posts: 3583
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
I think it's an interesting question to a significant proportion of posters on here. Most of us are adults, and many came to music later than they would have liked. So it's a matter of interest to know what potential for development there is for late-starters. I don't think there's a need for snide responses of the "who cares?" variety.

Top
#2310885 - 08/04/14 06:10 AM Re: Which pianists began playing at a later age? [Re: ando]
Keymar Rob Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/24/11
Posts: 21
Loc: Maryland, USA
I agree. I spend two years at a well known conservatory in my younger years and failed miserably. At 50 I took it up again much more seriously with 2 hrs a day minimum and performing in amateur clubs.

It would be nice to learn if others have excelled at a later age and to know that there are no limits as to what can be attained.
_________________________
Currently working on:

Bach WTC II- Dmaj P&F
Chopin 3rd Ballad
Gershwin preludes
Beethoven Sonata Op 109

Top
#2310913 - 08/04/14 08:37 AM Re: Which pianists began playing at a later age? [Re: rov]
bkw58 Offline

Silver Supporter until December 19, 2014


Registered: 03/14/09
Posts: 1728
Loc: Conway, AR USA
Originally Posted By: rov
Which professional pianists began playing at a later age?


The question is a bit ambiguous.

Here is an interesting story along these lines: http://economia.icaew.com/people/january-2014/piano-man
_________________________
Bob W.
Retired piano technician
Piano Technicæ Blog

Top
#2311095 - 08/04/14 05:38 PM Re: Which pianists began playing at a later age? [Re: pianoloverus]
trigalg693 Online   content
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/17/08
Posts: 648
Originally Posted By: pianoloverus

Volodos began "serious study"(meaning he was more interested in singing and conducting before) of the piano at 15.


I was pretty much the same as Volodos (except I've slowed down since going to college, and I didn't do the singing and conducting), and I don't think people on this board need the explanation that not seriously practicing and seriously practicing is a huge difference.

My 18 year old self after 3-4 years of hard practice + 7-8 years of half-assed or minimal practice had considerably worse technique than people with a solid 7-8 years of hard practice, and sometimes I still think my technique is not as good as the better 14 year olds who started at age 6 or so.

I know 15 is still young to many of you old geezers but it's still over twice the age that almost all pros started seriously practicing at :P


Edited by trigalg693 (08/04/14 05:40 PM)

Top
#2311101 - 08/04/14 05:45 PM Re: Which pianists began playing at a later age? [Re: laguna_greg]
JohnSprung Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/02/11
Posts: 1364
Loc: Reseda, California
Originally Posted By: laguna_greg
Uhmm...who the heck cares...?


Maybe this would be a better fit over in the ABF?
_________________________
-- J.S.

Knabe Grand # 10927
Yamaha CP33
Kawai FS690

Top

Moderator:  Brendan, Kreisler 
What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
ad (Casio)
Celviano by Casio Rebate
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Seiler Pianos
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Piece ID
by IstvánE
09/21/14 10:14 PM
Pre purchase inspection
by mellie62
09/21/14 10:00 PM
Do Parents want to hear the truth anymore?
by chasingrainbows
09/21/14 09:28 PM
DEBUSSY- 'The terrace for moonlit audiences'
by Hal Freedman
09/21/14 07:49 PM
Baldwin PS2500 ram battery
by mooh320ps
09/21/14 07:47 PM
Who's Online
96 registered (Anticlock, AZ_Astro, 7notemode, anotherscott, Anne'sson, 25 invisible), 1066 Guests and 15 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
76281 Members
42 Forums
157681 Topics
2316069 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission