Even in winter it shall be green in my heart.— Frederic Chopin
Attractive Pianist quotations
Put all your soul into it, play the way you feel!
Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano.
So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it's gratifying to have something you have done linger in people's memories.
Composing is like driving down a foggy road.
It is dreadful when something weighs on your mind, not to have a soul to unburden yourself to. You know what I mean. I tell my piano the things I used to tell you.
I think that if I were required to spend the rest of my life on a desert island, and to listen to or play the music of any one composer during all that time, that composer would almost certainly be Bach.
I am God! I am nothing, I'm play, I am freedom, I am life. I am the boundary, I am the peak.
If I miss one day of practice, I notice it.
If I miss two days, the critics notice it. If I miss three days, the audience notices it.
I don't believe in geniuses, I believe in hard work.
When you play, never mind who listens to you.
I don't think I'm even close to fulfilling my potential.
And I think also that, unlike a pianist or a flutist, an actor has an instrument that is constantly changing.
There is a kind of classlessness in the theater.
The rehearsal pianist, the head carpenter, the stage manager, the star of the show-all are family.
I think all record companies should be run by a musician.
Just as you wouldn't trust your health to an electrician.
When you get to the top, don't forget to send the elevator down for the next guy.
Steinway is the only piano on which the pianist can do everything he wants.
And everything he dreams.
When a pianist sits down and does a virtuoso performance he is in a technical sense transmitting more information to a machine than any other human activity involving machinery allows.
The notes I handle no better than many pianists.
But the pauses between the notes --ah, that is where the art resides.
Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a racing car not called a racist?
The mental imagery involved with pianistic tactilia is not related to the striking of individual keys but rather to the rites of passage between notes.
I'm a revolutionary, money means nothing to me.
Once I understood Bach's music, I wanted to be a concert pianist.
Bach made me dedicate my life to music, and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world.
It is not a profession to be a pianist and musician.
It is a philosophy, a conception of life that cannot be based on good intentions or natural talent. First and foremost there must be a spirit of sacrifice.
A great pianist doesn't run around the piano or do push ups with his fingers.
To be great, he plays the piano. ...being a footballer is not about running, push-ups or physical work generally. The best way to be a great footballer is to play.
I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea.
I really don't know whether any place contains more pianists than Paris, or whether you can find more asses and virtuosos anywhere.
I'm sorry that I did not become the world's first black classic pianist.
I think I would have been happier.
My father was a stone mason, and a talented amateur pianist and vocalist.
Too many jazz pianists limit themselves to a personal style, a trademark, so to speak. They confine themselves to one type of playing. I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea. I have no one style. I play as I feel.
In one dancing saloon I saw the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across. Over the piano was printed a notice: 'Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.'
The piano ain't got no wrong notes.
When I was studying... there weren't any black concert pianists. My choices were intuitive, and I had the technique to do it. People have heard my music and heard the classic in it, so I have become known as a black classical pianist.
I ... started out to become a jazz pianist; in the meantime I started singing and I sang the way I felt and that's just the way it came out.
Roaring like a tiger turns some children into pianists who debut at Carnegie Hall but only crushes others. Coddling gives some the excuse to fail and others the chance to succeed.
The less you want, the richer you are.
The more you need in order to be happy, the more miserable you’ll be.