Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

Another dose of Prussia Cove

Posted by Susan Tomes on 6 September 2014 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

I’m looking forward to another visit to the International Musicians’ Seminar ‘Open Chamber Music’ at Prussia Cove in Cornwall, where a large group of musicians (mostly string players, but also some pianists) gathers to play chamber music. At this time of year I always find myself imagining the journeys undertaken, at their own expense, by friends […]

Trifonov at Edinburgh Festival

Posted by Susan Tomes on 30 August 2014 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  3 Comments

This morning I went to hear Daniil Trifonov’s piano recital at the Edinburgh Festival. Normally wild horses wouldn’t drag me to hear all twelve of Liszt’s ‘Transcendental Studies’. With very few exceptions, I’ve always found them musically rather dull,  and can never imagine why anyone would feel motivated enough to learn the torrents of arpeggios, double […]

Playing two instruments at once

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 August 2014 under Concerts, Inspirations  •  2 Comments

I wrote recently about the piano duets played every night at piano camp in France – not just two people at one piano, but sometimes three people at one piano, or four people at two pianos. Famous works of music arranged for multiple hands, with one or two piano keyboards being used to their utmost, and […]

Motivation

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 July 2014 under Inspirations, Teaching  •  Leave a comment

I’ve spent the past week teaching a piano course in the south of France. Stormy weather accompanied our music-making, and the temperatures were unseasonally low, though we were sometimes grateful that cooler weather made it easier to work. My class of pianists was a very interesting group to teach. All of them have demanding day […]

Battle of repertoire

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 May 2014 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings  •  5 Comments

I was fortunate to be in the audience at the Finals of BBC Young Musician in the Usher Hall yesterday. What a treat! All three finalists showed a remarkable degree of poise, as well as a superb level of musicianship and skill. I was amazed by their calmness on the platform and their composure in […]