The practice habits of Alexandre Tharaud

by on November 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm in Education, Music | Permalink

He is one of my favorite pianists, try his Chopin Preludes.  The blog Ionarts reports:

After this residency at the Cité de la Musique, he will take a vacation of three months, during which he will move into a new apartment, with a view of the Seine. He will still not have a piano at home, which he offers as advice to many young musicians. Most important, he says, is not to play on a beautiful piano, because it does not encourage you to work.

Tharaud only practices on pianos in the homes of his friends.

Martin November 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

OMG, the CD cover. Is this a “like young Ivo Pogorelich” thing? (not lascivious enough, though…) Or a “we are all like Hilary Hahn/Britney Spears now” thing?

Hadur November 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Is he talented because of these strange rituals, or is he so talented that these strange rituals are not enough to prevent him from playing well?

Ray Lopez November 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Similar to how GM Anand does not have a chess board at home.

threes company November 20, 2013 at 12:09 am

Wasn’t this a “Three’s Company” episode, complete with resulting hijinks from the musician’s insistence he was in someone else’s apartment not to flirt but only to practice his Beethoven?

Mabel R. Hernandez November 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm

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