July 9, 2013
I would be interested in playing one or two pieces at some recital at some point in the future. Given the cost of air travel from Japan, I wouldn't be able to participate regularly, but it would be still be fun to have the opportunity to participate and play for others as something to look forward to and plan for. Of course I would enjoy hearing others play as well!
I heard about it in a web search. It seems that it isn't easy to find performance venues for amateur pianists that don't focus on a competition (and the degrading "grading" of pianists into first, second, third places, "attaboy," "hello, you must be going," etc.) I think it might have been Bartok who said something like "Competitions are for race horses." That said, I admit that I love listening to the spectacular pianists in YouTube videos of the various Van Cliburn competitions. Alessandro Deljavan is an incredible pianist and musician! There are so many superb pianists out there that it's kind of depressing. I'm not even a gifted amateur, but I still love to play and need to play the piano. We amateurs need to have opportunities to play for others as well, even if we can't ever hope to play a complete book of Chopin Etudes (like the aforementioned Deljavan does in a YouTube video--superbly!)
I'm a 54-year-old assistant English teacher working in Japan. I had piano lessons for a few years from the age of 12, and my love for the piano has never dimmed, even while my digits protest! I hope to find non-competition-oriented venues to join.