Avoiding the Plastic Fantastic: Searching for authenticity in an age of pressurised perfectionism

How can we maximise integrity in performance?

In an age of perfectionism and generically high standards, there is a danger that young musicians seek worldly success and popular approval as prime motivations. In the search for stardom and competition prizes, there is a risk that the responsibility all musicians have to their legacy – the repertoire they play can become distorted.… Read more

Pianos and Discrimination

Though we have all heard rumours about the smaller sized keyboard designed by Steinway especially for use by the legendary virtuoso Joseph Hoffman (1876-1924) today we live in a generically sized piano world. All major manufacturers produce instruments designed for comfortable use by performers blessed with hands that are larger than a certain dimension.… Read more

Perfect Pulse

Perfect pitch is widely discussed amongst musicians as a rare but extremely useful ability whereby notes can be instantly identified, played, or sung back- without any given reference pitch. For individuals blessed with this skill, traditional aural tests seem effortless.

Perfect pitchers find it easy to immediately identify the keys of tonal pieces played.… Read more

Musical Musings with Murray

A new weekly series of reflections on music, performance, music teaching,  publications, concerts and recordings with pianist, writer and educator Murray McLachlan.

Murray writes:

‘ I am truly excited and extremely motivated to be working with Elena Cobb and EVC Music on this new initiative as there is so much to explore, discuss and ponder in the world of music, piano and music education today. 

Read more
This site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. By browsing this website, you agree to our use of cookies.