This week, I’m happy to welcome Gabriele Baldocci to the weblog! Learn on to get a sneak peek into the lifetime of a live performance pianist. I really like how his descriptions of follow and efficiency sound so much like our journeys as aggressive ballroom dancers.
Hello, I’m Gabriele Baldocci. As a live performance pianist, I’ve been performing for over thirty years now all world wide. From Seoul to Berlin, from London to New York, I’ve been lucky sufficient to share the stage with among the biggest musicians on this planet, comparable to my pal Martha Argerich. In between my concert events, I additionally handle the London Piano Centre, the Milton Keynes Music Academy and train at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich, so life may be fairly hectic! Right here’s a glimpse into what it’s like being a touring musician.
Being a classical live performance pianist is a wild experience. It’s stuffed with ups and downs, twists and turns, and sufficient drama to rival a cleaning soap opera. However, by way of all of it, the music is at all times there to information me, to carry me up, and to remind me why I do what I do.
First, there’s the follow. Oh, the follow. It’s like a endless cycle of perfectionism. Daily, I sit down on the piano and play the repertoire of my present season time and again. Bar by bar, passage by passage, piece by piece, attempting to make every little thing sound just a bit bit higher than they did the day earlier than. It’s monotonous, it’s tedious, and it’s soul-crushing at occasions. However, after I lastly discover that good phrase, with that ultimate high quality of sound, it’s like a ray of sunshine breaking by way of the clouds. It’s the rationale I maintain going.
The Thrill of Efficiency
Then, there’s the efficiency. The stage is the place I come alive. I’m in my ingredient, and I’m at my finest. However, it’s not at all times clean crusing. There are the nerves, the butterflies in my abdomen, and the occasional slip. However, after I look out into the viewers and see the appears to be like of awe and inspiration on their faces, it’s all price it.
Sure, that’s proper: being on stage is an unimaginable expertise. It is a chance to share your ardour with others; it’s a strategy to join and create one thing lovely collectively. Each time there is similar previous superb feeling of pleasure—the anticipation of connecting with viewers members by way of music and creating one thing distinctive collectively. It by no means will get previous!
The Problem of Touring
However, the actual journey is the touring. I’ve been to among the most lovely cities on this planet, and I’ve performed in among the most prestigious live performance halls. However, let me inform you, it’s not all glamorous. There are the lengthy flights, the jet lag, and the infinite lodge rooms. However, after I’m sitting on the piano abroad, enjoying to a room full of people that could not communicate my language, however are united by the music, it’s a sense like no different.
Educating is the cherry on high of the live performance pianist sundae. It’s the place I get to share my ardour and information with the following era of musicians. It’s the place I get to see the spark in a pupil’s eye once they lastly perceive a troublesome idea, and the enjoyment on their face once they play a bit they’ve been engaged on for weeks the way in which they wished. It’s the place I get to be part of shaping the way forward for music. It’s the place I can show myself worthy of the promise I made: attempting to be the trainer I at all times wished to have. Which is why – let’s be actual – it’s additionally the place I get to relive all my very own piano pupil nightmares by way of the eyes of my college students. From coping with troublesome mother and father to dealing with stage fright, I’ve seen all of it. However, it’s all price it when a pupil achieves one thing they by no means thought attainable and the look of pleasure on their face.
When juggling so many obligations, it’s essential to seek out steadiness between work and different facets of life. As an artist myself, I perceive how straightforward it’s to develop into too consumed by your craft—it’s essential not solely on your personal well-being but additionally on your artistry that you just take time for your self and your family members exterior of labor. For me personally, this implies carving out time throughout my travels the place attainable (with my trusty piano!) or ensuring that when I’m again house in London after lengthy stints away from household that high quality time is spent collectively; a protracted weekend exploring a brand new place, enjoying video video games or watching a film collectively throughout these uncommon moments off from instructing, practising or operating my music colleges!
The Journey Goes On
Being a classical live performance pianist is just not for the faint of coronary heart. However, it’s a journey that I wouldn’t commerce for something on this planet. From sharing my ardour with audiences world wide to connecting with fellow musicians backstage as we put together for our performances collectively; these experiences will stick with me without end! The music is my compass, and it’s led me on among the most unimaginable adventures of my life. So, for those who ever see a wild-eyed pianist operating by way of the streets, chasing after the right musical phrase, don’t be afraid to say howdy. I’m simply on one other journey.