Shelly Berg, pianist

My favourite word for a musician is “trust”. We all practice very hard to have the requisite knowledge and skills. Trust is the ineffable ingredient. When we trust that what we communicate will resonate with the listener, that we don’t have to impress the audience, show off, or never miss a note, we will find our way to music’s essence.

Pamela Howland, pianist

Learn your craft, work hard, find your own voice, keep stretching yourself creatively, and give your gift to the world. Don’t be afraid to experiment with genres other than classical – this will only enhance your playing. Learn to improvise and arrange. Most of all, remember that failures only mean something if you let them define you. Never stop challenging yourself.

Robert Thies, pianist

I think we all need to keep exploring and expanding our horizons and experiences. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others, and think more about challenging ourselves to be the best we can be. As Rachmaninoff said, “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.”

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