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The Role of the Concert Pianist

Audrey's love for piano began at age six. She's is a professional pianist for cruises, hotels and community events. Teaching is her passion.

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The Concert Pianist's Motivating Force

Come with me and experience your own deep, emotional journey into the living piano and he who breathes life into this majestic instrument.

Pianists are struck with motivating forces through the different kaleidoscope of emotions which penetrate deep into the soul. To put it simply, we hear music that interweaves feelings of supreme joy, longing, despair, loss, ecstasy.

For the musician, these feelings are motivating enough to move him to great dedication and personal sacrifice. Hours, weeks, months and even years of consistent practice sparked by one desire - to perfect and perform the music.

The following interpretation of music as it is born through the fingers of the pianist is my own. Thank you for granting me the freedom to voice my feelings and share my passion for music through the magnificence of the Concert Pianist.

Audrey Hunt Piano Performance

Author, Audrey Hunt performing a classical program of Chopin and Bach Compositions.

Author, Audrey Hunt performing a classical program of Chopin and Bach Compositions.

What Makes A Concert Pianist?

You don't choose to be a concert pianist, it chooses you. You are one with the instrument. The piano completes you. I understand this relationship. I cannot resist exploring the keys of any piano within my sight. It calls out to me "Here I am, waiting for you. Come home."

There is a marked difference between practice styles of amateurs and virtuosi. Amateurs tend to play long passages straight through, stopping to repeat faulty notes several times.

Virtuosi concentrate on fragments, seldom playing the entire piece, and correct wrong notes by playing them in context of a larger phrase.

A concert pianist in the making has dedicated himself to a life of strict discipline. He must practice while his friends are out playing and socializing. He makes a choice to give up certain activities in exchange for more time at the piano.

It's a fact that you play at the level at which you practice.

To be a successful concert pianist you must strive to do a little bit more. Talent is never enough. Perseverance (determination) keeps the pianist going even when he's tired. Fatigue and discouragement are not signs to quit.

The concert pianist sets goals for himself and completes those goals. He is hungry to learn.

Anyone who does what he must only when he's in the mood (or if it's convenient,) is not going to develop his talent or become successful.

The famous pianist Bill Evans said " When you play music, you find a part of yourself that you never knew existed. "

The Concert Pianist


Visions of threads form the black tuxedo

Wrapped around the tall, lanky outline

Quietly approaching the concert grand lady

Entering the stage where she waits for him



White teeth exposed arranged in special order

Against wings of black intruders

However still necessary

Waiting to unleash emotion that only he can ignite



The long well trained fingers caressing every key

Producing daring sounds

The soul emerges from a familiar melody

So gentle, so beautiful

Leaving footprints of memories shared

Eternal talent floates from creative voices



Lost time only brings the magic closer to me

Inflaming this unquenched love

Torn, longing locked secretly inside

Oh, to hear just one more Chopin Prelude



Frozen by musical vibrations penetrating every cell

Thriving on dimensions, cascading minor scales

Kaleidoscope of colors stimulates the senses

A waterfall of emotion completes the human need



God's melodic outline midst ravishing creation

Accomplished hands kissed by his muse

Live cherished forever



A pillar of strength embodies Beethoven

Sonatas genius of emotion and obedience

Distorted sounds, amid conflict and beauty



He is the master, tutor and trainer

Born within the Great Staff and timeless space and lines

A magnificent soul with sweetest strains of music



Obedient rippled waves to cradle eager tears

Beckoning him to explore every key,

With a magician's touch blends all 88 sounds



Unknown challenge laying before him

To search his heart and find me there

Too many years - waiting and dreaming

Forever faithful to one master



A duet longing to be transposed and defined

Notes entertwined dining on wings of eternal bliss

The concert pianist lives through his music

Taking it with him when he withdraws


The human heart revives his spirit

To listen once again

To know thyself with every key

Truth unwinds integrity



Just one more Chopin Polonaise

And life is once again more sweet

The metered heartbeat reigns again

It's music lives inside each cell.

An Accomplished Concert Pianist

Please enjoy the following video and musical genius of Kendall Ross Bean.

Kendall began playing the piano at the ripe age of four, under the direction of his grandmother, who was at one time a pianist for the silent movies. At seven years of age, began composing and by seventeen he had made his first recording with a symphony orchestra.

With a Masters Degree in Piano Performance, he went on to win several scholarships, awards and teaching assistantships. Kendall has continued to perform as a concert pianist and entertainer in hundreds of concerts, several national television shows and music recordings.

This classical music that you are about to review was first aired in 1986 to an audience of 18 million on the Arts & Entertainment Network. It received an ACE Award Nomination. The Cable ACE Award (earlier known as the ACE awards) was an award that was given from 1978 to 1997 to honor excellence in American cable television programing. The ACE Award was originally created to serve as a cable television counterpart to the Emmy Award, which did not recognize cable

I was privileged a few years ago to be a guest soloist at a Kendall Ross Bean Concert in California. The solo was "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," with none other than Kendall himself as my accompaniest. It is a memory I shall always cherish.

Kendall Ross Bean - Dear Friend and Sweet Soul

What Daniil Trifonov Does With His Hands Is Spectacular"

This is exactly what I was thinking as I viewed the following video of the young Russian concert pianist.

Daniil Trifonov bursts on to the International Piano Competition scene like a comet in a blaze of glory. Only 21, became one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation. He walked away with top winning prizes in one piano competition after the other including the distinguished International Chopin Master Competition.

I invite you to watch the following video. It promises a musical experience you'll not soon forget.

Brilliant Pianist!

Please share your opinion ~

Conclusion

To become a concert pianist takes enormous discipline as well as:

  • Sacrifice
  • Commitment
  • Patience
  • Determination
  • Dedication
  • Desire

In this competitive field it also takes some luck. But most of all being a Concert pianist requires a love of music and the piano itself.

As Robert Schumann said, "“It is the Artist’s lofty mission to shed light into the very depths of the human heart.”
Robert Schumann (1810–1856), German composer, writer, and music critic

© 2013 Audrey Hunt

Comments

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 16, 2013:

I love meeting people that share my name. My mothers name was Audrey also. To be named after Audrey Hepburn is so special. She was a marvelous human being as well as a top actress. Hugs.

Audrey on June 15, 2013:

Vocalcoach, yes, my name is Audrey. I always wonder why my father gave me that name. I suspect maybe because he is an Audrey Hepburn fan and thought of that name when I was born! :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 15, 2013:

aud99 _ Hi! Is your name 'Audrey' too? So glad to see you here and very pleased to find that you enjoyed the 'Kendall Ross Bean' video. Stop by again. Thanks!

Audrey on June 13, 2013:

Lovely poem. And I enjoyed the Kendall Ross Bean video clip too. I'm no musician but I do enjoy a great performance!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 02, 2013:

Dear Audrey ~ It was you who inspired me to write more poetry. This poe, is a result of that very inspiration. Thank you me friend!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 02, 2013:

Vincent ~ Dear friend and brilliant poet. I am so touched by your comments, tears welling up in my eyes - good tears. Thank you so much and may your day be filled with joy around every corner. You deserve it! ~ Audrey

Audrey Howitt from California on June 01, 2013:

I've read this a number of times Audrey--and it is just so moving

Vincent Moore on June 01, 2013:

This is your masterpiece dear poet, I felt every word and listened to the magic your videos penetrated my soul. A concert pianist is an artist beyond words. I am moved by your talent, I hear the music, I feel each tap of the note. Brilliant work my dear.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 05, 2013:

Maria - Thank you so much for visiting my hub and for sharing the deep passion I have for the concert pianist. Your description "breathtaking" is the perfect word for expressing and capturing the emotion living deep within.

You have given me far to much credit for my writing but I'm going to revel in it anyhow :)

I am grateful for your generous votes. Thankyou ~ Hugs back!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on May 05, 2013:

Dear Audrey,

The sight of a concert pianist is passionate and breathtaking to me.

Your poetic expressions paint this picture with an artist's brush.

Your words are flowing and beautiful. Voted UP and ABI. Hugs, Maria

manatita44 from london on April 25, 2013:

Thanks. Then please do. Follow your intuition.

Your images are beautiful, and both you and little doggie are quite cute

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 25, 2013:

mamatita44 - Another visit from you. How wonderful! I'm eager to have a look at your own hubs. Thank you!

manatita44 from london on April 25, 2013:

music is the language of the soul. Play on

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 15, 2013:

Sueswan - Oh, I'm so glad you came back to share your wonderful experience today. To see this genius perform his piano skills and interpretation must be the gift of a life-time.

I am no longer in Nashville. Now I live in Idyllwild, Ca. with my daughter Lisa. Maybe if he hasn't already been to the Southern California area he will perform here as well.

I am so happy for you. You will hold on to this memory forever. Hugs.

Sueswan on April 14, 2013:

Hi Audrey,

I have come back for a visit to read this beautiful piece filled with magic and melody.

"Lost time only brings the magic closer to me

Inflaming this unquenched love

Torn, longing locked secretly inside

Oh, to hear just one more Chopin Prelude"

What Trivonov does with the piano is much more than magic. My mother and I had the pleasure of seeing him perform today in Toronto. Phenomenal does not begin to describe his talent.

He will be performing in Nashville next week.

18/19/20 April - Nashville, USA - Schermerhorn Symphony Center - Mozart:

Piano Concerto no. 9 K. 271 w. Nashville Symphony / Conductor: Giancarlo Guerrero

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 14, 2013:

Dearest Martie - Oh, how my heart warmed up while reading your touching comments. You realize more than most how the relationship and sweet ecstasy of music courses through our bloodstream (you and I.) You show an appreciation and strong understanding of not only my experiences with music and the magic it brings, but of your own.

Because both of us share the same reverie, to be a concert pianist, our connection is familiar and brings to me a sort of rare satisfaction.

You have served your muse well Martie. Working in a music school for years and as you point out, watching young musicians grow and eventually shine on stage. Think of all the young dreams of others you have influenced to come true.

I am proud of you...I am proud to be your friend. Thank you, Martie.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on April 14, 2013:

Wow-wow-wow, what fantastic music by Kendall Ross Bean and Daniil Trifonov.

Oh, how I love the piano!

Your poems are beautiful and profound - a lovely tribute to such a magical instrument, the piano.

Audrey, how I would love to hear you sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." What a wonderful honor it must have been for you, enjoying the exposure and recognition you deserved while being a guest soloist at a Kendall Ross Bean Concert AND to be accompanied by him. Absolutely awestricken fantabulous....

Now, while still listening to the music, I'm getting that feeling again, that indescribable feeling of awe when I listen to the performances of highly accomplished musicians. I don't think I will ever get over the fact that I could have been a concert pianists IF... IF... IF my circumstances were more favorable.

Fortunately I don't believe in IF.... If is an illusion.... :)

And I am grateful for all the opportunities my circumstances did offer me, inter alia to work in a music school for so many years, seeing young musicians grow and eventually shine on stage as great and amazing entertainers.

Absolutely brilliant! Just what I needed on this Sunday afternoon. Thank you, vocalcoach.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 12, 2013:

pstraubie48 - The passion you feel when a gifted pianist performs well is also a gift. Not everyone can relate to such passion. Wonderful! Thank you for sending me Angels and for blessing my day!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 12, 2013:

Vellur - How great to see you here again! Made my day. Thanks so much for your support!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 11, 2013:

While I am not a concert pianist by any stretch of the imagination, I do know the thrill of a song well played.

When I witness a gifted and talented pianist, I can feel the passion that sweeps over that soul as the sounds appear.

thanks for sharing your poem expressing such passion

Sending Angels and blessings your way today :) ps

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 10, 2013:

Came back to read again, awesome poem. Voted up again.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 09, 2013:

Hello my precious Epi - I absolutely adore the late Glenn Gould and his interpretation of the J.S.Bach Goldberg Variations and the Well Tempered Clavier ( Two and Three Part Inventions.) How magical it would be to sit with you and inhale the artistry of this oneof-a-kind musician.

I think I will go to my piano and play the Chopin Prelude in E Major for you. I may be a bit rusty as it has been a while since this beautiful prelude has been practiced by yours truly. However, my lack of technical precision is fondly replaced by the excitement that touches my fingers as I strike each piano key for you.

Blessings galore to you and soft strokes of love to Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel.

epigramman on April 09, 2013:

Good afternoon Miss Audrey of awesome - you treat every hub presentation that you write like a true labor of love and if I could listen to Chopin everyday for the rest of my life I would be a happy man.

My favorite concert pianist was the late great Glenn Gould, a true eccentric in his piano style and his most famous interpretations are that of J.S. Bach (and my favorite is The Goldberg Variations)

Thank you for lifting my spirits as you always do my dear friend with your unbridled passion which flows through every beautiful word that you write.

Sending to you my sincere warmest wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada courtesy of Colin and his cats, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel at 5:40pm

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 01, 2013:

Dear Sueswan -

Thank you so much for visiting my hub and voting and sharing. How I would love to attend a performance by Daniil Trifonov!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 01, 2013:

Hi Nell -

How marvelous that your mum played the piano so well - and your uncle too! When such a writer as yourself approves of my poetry, I am so happy. Very glad you enjoyed the music. Thanks my friend!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 01, 2013:

brownella - Thank you for being here. I love the way you express yourself. I'm looking forward to reading more of your hubs. Glad you are here on hubpages.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 01, 2013:

Senoritaa - Thank you for your beautiful words. Glad you liked my poetry. Best wishes!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 01, 2013:

teaches12345 - I enjoyed your comments so much. I do the same as you and listen to classical music as I wok around my home and in hubpages. Thank you for enjoying Bean's video. He is the sweetest and humble person.

Take care my friend!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 31, 2013:

dghbrh - Thank you. So glad you liked this. Appreciate the generous votes and sharing!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 31, 2013:

Vellure - Thank you so much for reading my poem and taking time to comment. Your kind words have given me joy!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 31, 2013:

mckbirdbks - Oh, Mike! I can hardly believe my ears. These illustroius and heart-felt words coming from a master of the written word himself. I am beyond thrilled as well as motivated to write more poetry in the future.Thank you so much my friend.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 12, 2013:

Mary615 - Thanks for your comments. Would love to sit and listen to you play the piano. I'm glad we share the same love for music, especially the piano. Years ago (many), I sat entranced at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California where Van Cliburn performed the Piano Concerto No.2. I will always remember that magical time. He will be missed!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 12, 2013:

Bravewarrior - Your story is delightful. Many a young man has shared a rebellious feeling towards their mother when put upon to take piano lessons:) Glad to hear you have your own piano and would like to take some lessons again.

Gee, I wish I could be your teacher :) Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful comments!

Sueswan on March 11, 2013:

Hi Audrey,

Exquisite poetry and music!

Daniil Trifonov will be performing next month in Toronto.

Voted up, away and sharing

Nell Rose from England on March 11, 2013:

I had never thought of music this way, but your words explained it beautifully, I loved it, I am also listening to the music as I write. My mum was a great piano player as was my uncle, I did learn but it wasn't for me, I could never quite get the hang of it, beautiful!

brownella from New England on March 10, 2013:

Beautifully written and so visual. I felt the tension one feels watching a master musician - the moments when everyone in the audience is afraid to breath lest it interfere with the melody. Lovely.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 10, 2013:

Audrey, I used to play when I was little. I was taught by a concert pianist. Unfortunately, my rebellion against my mother insisting I practice an hour every day resulted in my quitting. However, I can read music. I bought myself a 1936 upright Sterling several years ago at a thrift store. My dream is to take refresher lessons. I no longer have the recognition and fluidity from notes to brain to fingers as I did when I was 8. Imagine that! I'm now 56!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 09, 2013:

Bravewarrior - Oh, thank you so much! And you are right on with your awareness about the piano. It is indeed, an orchestra in itself. Especially so when a well trained and gifted pianist brings each instrument to life as these artists in the video have done. Thanks again!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 09, 2013:

Gail ~ Thank you for being here, I appreciate your support. And so glad you enjoyed the videos.

Take care.

Hello dear Fossillady ~You have a beautiful soul. For one to recognize that music is God's voice as you do just goes to prove that your sweet spirit is connected. It takes a life-time for a pianist to be as proficient as the artists you viewed in the videos.

A young boy attended a piano concert with his mother. The boy was so taken with the mastery of the pianist - he begged his mother to take him backstage to meet the great performer.

After waiting for his turn to approach the pianist the young boy exclaimed "Oh master - I would give my whole life to play like you."

The pianist replied, "My son - I have."

Thank you Kathi. I'm glad you were inspired.

Hugs to you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 09, 2013:

Ruchira - Thank you so very much. The rating of a 10 certainly confirms that I'm on the right track. I love to write poetry. I'm a happy lady!

drbj - You have given me the feedback that I have always hoped to receive from you. I know you mean it! You've been helpful and kind in the past to make a suggestion here and there for improving my hubs. You do this because you care and I'm very grateful. Thank you - thank you!

Rinita Sen on March 09, 2013:

I could feel the music ignite my senses through your words. Really deep and strong!

Dianna Mendez on March 08, 2013:

My heart will always sing to the poetic music of your verse. I haven't played the piano in years, but love listening to classical pieces. I play them while working around the home and it is so relaxing and yet energizing! Your video post of Bean was lovely. Thank you for highlighting it.

Audrey Howitt from California on March 08, 2013:

Beautifully done! Up, Up and sharing!

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on March 07, 2013:

Engaging and very deep. Thanks for this one.

Shared and votes all up +++++++

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 07, 2013:

Dear Eddy - You have given me such confidence because you are a great poet with unimaginable talent. It means so much to be able to write and discover the beauty of expression through this medium. I think of your Erin and my Todd and tears fill my eyes...

Sending you fondest wishes and thank you.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 07, 2013:

Brilliant poetry, awesome. Enjoyed reading. A fantastic emotional journey. Voted up.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 06, 2013:

Mekenzie - I'm over the moon reading your beautiful words. Are these tears that I feel welling up in my eyes? You,like music, touch my soul and penetrate my heart. How blessed I am to have found your friendship, It means everything to me! Thank you also for the kind vote up and generous ratings. Hugs to you!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on March 06, 2013:

Audrey, I sit here in awe of your genius for poetry. I knew you were a master of your avocation as a vocal coach now I am aware of your not often shared brilliance for poetry.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 06, 2013:

As one musician to another, I really enjoyed this Hub! Music is an important part of my life, whether I am playing the piano or just listening as I go about my daily routine.

This article made me think of Van Cliburn and his recent passing.

Voted UP, etc.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 06, 2013:

Phenominal hub! Your poetry is exquisite as is the piano. The piano needs no accompaniment. It is an orchestra in and of itself. I thoroughly enjoyed this!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 06, 2013:

Dear Billy ~ Oh, my, thank you so very much. "Your poem was a melody in itself..."

How lovely! I am truly touched. Thank you for the sprinkles of happiness you have showered upon me. Hugs.

Kathi from Saugatuck Michigan on March 06, 2013:

Such spiritual thoughts even before the heartfelt poetry . . . beautiful stuff, Audrey, that touches others at the soul level! Watching and listening to the music that follows made me think of what it must have taken them to reach the master level in which they play. Only a with God given drive could they have accomplished it... then "wallah" pure expression to share with the listener. You have inspired me this morn'n ... hee! XO Kathi

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on March 05, 2013:

This is a beautiful poem, Audrey. Great videos, too.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on March 05, 2013:

Lovely, meaningful poetry, Audrey. Thank you for this treat. I'm listening to Chopin as I type, and will follow it with Rachmaninov. I'm particularly enamored of this poetic line of yours "... a familiar melody ... So gentle, so beautiful ... Leaving footprints of memories shared." Now THAT is memorable! Trust me.

Ruchira from United States on March 05, 2013:

wow...it is beautiful. rated it a 10, Audrey :)

loved it!

Eiddwen from Wales on March 05, 2013:

Obedient rippled waves to cradle eager tears

Beckoning him to explore every key,

With a magician's touch blends all 88 sounds

Wow brilliant Audrey;I vote up and share;you are such a talented lady with a kind heart and I am proud to call you my friend. Have a great day.

Eddy.

Susan Ream from Michigan on March 04, 2013:

and so I learn of the poetic heart that lives within my friends heart. You amaze me with your giftedness.

I reveled in your words and picked up the reverence and awe of the concert pianist caught up in the expression of his heart.

The video was top notch talent. Loved the creative descriptions of the keys.

You have a very lovely heart coach. I am so glad to know you through your marvelous works and gift with words revealed in your hubs.

Love This! Voted Up, shared and beautiful.

Hugs!

Mekenzie

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 04, 2013:

Dear Audrey,

Your poem was a melody in itself, alive and vibrant, singing a song that we are all lucky enough to hear through your words. This is my favorite of all the words you have written. Well done my dear friend. Simply beautiful...this is what writing is all about!

love,

bill