Funnily enough, when a neighbour was throwing out their electric piano, my parents saw the opportunity to get me to start learning piano. I joined a group keyboard class in a small music school in East London aged 8 and went on to complete ABRSM piano exams and perform at festivals across London. In 2010, I was accepted to the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama Saturday school and stayed until I left for University in 2016.
I’m looking at performing one of the Brahms Klavierstüke from his late Opuses. It often takes a high degree of maturity to fully understand the broader picture in Brahms’ writing. He is very orchestral and conveying this can be quite a challenge; given just 10 fingers and a piano. I am having lessons from local concert pianist Nicola Meecham, ensuring I get as much expertise and guidance as possible in the lead up to the performance itself.
Alongside my solo performance, I’m working on accompanying the 4 Violin Concerto by Vivaldi. Working with violinists Octavia, Michael, Katie and Catrina has been really enjoyable so far and the four really work well as a group – it makes accompanying easier and more fluent.
I wouldn’t say there is a direct link. There are barriers to progress in both piano practice and Economic study which are similar in nature, yes, but I’d say they are generally quite distant.
Pianists that have inspired me include Perahia, Horowitz, Gould, Argerich, Grimaud. My piano teacher of six years back in London was a huge inspiration regarding style and the deeper context of pieces, given his doctorate in musicology.
As a composer, I also enjoy incorporating elements of pieces I love into my own work, be it a similar character or idea behind the piece.
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A neighbour was throwing out their electric piano and my parents saw the opportunity for me to start learning