26 October 2007

Leon Fleisher to come next month!

Next week I'm auditioning to play at a master class with Leon Fleisher, quite possibly the most influential pianist in North America. He teaches at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and studied under Artur Schnabel, an Austrian pianist. I'll admit it: I didn't know much about Fleisher until a few months ago, when I first heard about this master class. I always feel a little out of place among my piano-playing peers when I'm at student recitals, since I have virtually no knowledge of music theory (as my teacher so kindly points out during every lesson), and am entirely unfamiliar with the great pianists. I don' t need to know much about Fleisher to know that he is amazing, though. Read his bio here, and watch him play Ravel's concerto for the left hand. It's so amazingly dark.

I was nervous before, but now I think I might trip when I get on the stage, fall over the piano bench, and hit my forehead on the keys with the most dissonant chord that you've ever heard. I'd love to have the opportunity to play with him at the master class, but it's not hard for me to imagine a scenario where he'll ask me something about a phrase elision or an appoggiatura (what?) and I'll just stare at him blankly in front of the whole crowd in the auditorium.

Excited...
But very nervous.

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