5 tips to prepare your final exams

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We are starting a new academic year now and I am sure that many music students are starting to prepare their final bachelor or master recitals. I have passed through many exams of this type so yes, I know what I am talking about and how it feels! I even prefer competitions. Final exams are very stressfull, all the teachers and your friends are going to be there and you will feel naked. You can’t play bad this day.  The fact you are asked to play the most technically demanding pieces of the repertoire is also not helpful: Bach, etudes, classical sonatas… you can’t choose. So, here are some advices how to prepare successfully. More

Some reflections about solo performances

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Now that I just finished my Masters of solo performance at Mozarteum and that I enter a new phase in my life, I naturally felt the need to look back on the past 21 years of piano lessons I received in my life, 21 years of practicing, experimenting, performing, 21 years of happiness and deceptions, exasperation and hope, busted self-confidence or uncertainty about myself.

All these thoughts made me realise, a few months ago, that from all my teachers (and I respect all of them deeply), I actually never really got a real advice, a trick, a secret of how to feel good on stage, how to control my playing or how avoid stupid mistakes or memory laps – that have actually nothing to do with memory, we will come back to that subject later. Why? Why, when it is actually the point of all these hours of practicing? Why teachers only focus on technical problems, reading well the score and interpretation, and they stay away most of the time from the main point of the life of a musician, how to play in public?

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