Yesterday I was at a conference about creativity in performance. There were many interesting speakers, several of whom told anecdotes to make their points clear. At one point we were talking about the curious blend of involvement and detachment that seems to be necessary for high-level performance. Involvement alone is not as helpful as you [...]
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Following on from yesterday’s post about the Scottish International Piano Competition, anyone who’s interested in the new chamber music round may like to read Kenneth Walton’s article on the subject in today’s Scotsman newspaper. The chamber final is tonight at 7pm in the Concert Hall of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
I’m in rainy Glasgow, half way through my fortnight on the jury of the triennial Scottish International Piano Competition. Obviously I can’t say much as the competition is still in progress, but I can say how absorbing it’s been to hear so many accomplished young pianists from all around the world. So many different styles [...]
Much discussion yesterday about Ben Goldacre’s ‘Bad Science’ column in the Guardian. This time he was reporting a piece of good science, a paper by Noola Griffiths which shows that young women violinists are judged more musical and more technically proficient if they are wearing formal concert clothes. You can read his description of this [...]
Today’s Glasgow Herald has an article about the Scottish International Piano Competition, which starts next week in Glasgow. I’m on the competition jury. The board of the competition have made some wise and welcome changes to the requirements, which we all hope will encourage well-rounded and deep-thinking musicians to apply. The finals are now divided into [...]