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Music better than drugs

‘Music heals the mind, body and soul’. I am sure everyone has come across this statement, mostly in commercials or advertisements. I am...

Thoughts on good quality

Imagine three employees. The first one - let’s call him Steve- spends twelve hours per day at his office. He eats there, sleeps there, he...

How to perfect your practice

Practice makes perfect - everyone knows this saying. It's true about any skill you need for work or leisure. We use this phrase all the...

How did you know, Mr. Einstein?!

Physics is by far my dad's greatest passion. Ever since I remember he has been fascinated by the universe and various theories about its...

Give me a deadline!

The other day, a friend asked me to write a post about efficiency, especially regarding to piano practice. Why she thought I was the...

Handshake with pop culture

A few days ago, I had a nice chat with Aleksander Debicz, a pianist I met several years ago at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg....

'Honor your intuition'

Today, I'd like us to come back to the topic which I started in the 'Greek tragedy with a piano' post - what options young musicians have...

Stress, Trick No. 3

Today, I'm going to take up a very difficult subject of a thinking pattern which is hugely responsible for all kinds of stress. We learn...

Stress, Trick No. 2

In my last post, I wrote about various emotions covered by the term 'stress' and their positive and negative effects. I focused...

Stress, Trick No. 1

These days we hear about it all the time. But I think the subject of stress in a musician's life specifically is worth bringing up. Both...

Difficult (but not hopeless) love

How many classical pianists do you know? Ten? Twenty? Maybe fifty? Now, let's try to estimate how many piano students graduate with a...

Greek tragedy with a piano?

No other topic causes as many controversies among musicians as competitions. Almost every pianist I know has his or her opinion on this...