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Pianists must learn to swim, not just dive

  • Ananda Sukarlan
    Ananda Sukarlan

    Composer and founder of the Ananda Sukarlan Award Piano Competition

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 13, 2018   /  01:03 pm
Pianists must learn to swim, not just dive A piano competition is not synonymous with a career in music. Rather, the pianist’s musical career starts immediately after winning one. (Shutterstock/File)

The real issue that concerns a young pianist’s career is not winning competitions, but what to do after they win (or fail). This concerns not only the pianist, but it is also a big issue for the competition’s organizer: how to promote the winning musician and present them to the “real world” through promoters. 

A piano competition is not synonymous with a career in music. Rather, the pianist’s musical career starts immediately after winning one. The problem is, winning a competition requires diving into it, and while most pianists learn to dive well, they have not learned how to swim. 

This was one of the major issues discussed in the first ever Conference of International Piano Competitions (IPC) held at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona on March 19-21. It saw the attendance of 154 representatives of piano competiti...

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