Since I was around 5 or 6, I played the piano. I know I’m Asian but it was never something I felt like I was forced to do. I had thoroughly enjoyed it from the beginning. Me and my sister both played but she wasn’t nearly as patient enough to continue and after grade 8 we were allowed to quit if we felt like it. I continued. Hell, I had to fight my parents to let me pursue it as a degree in grade 12 when everyone else was applying to be on their way to be a businessman, doctor or scientist. I just wanted to make music. I practiced 3-4 hours a day to make the auditions. I got into Laurier and skipped my Western audition when I was accepted into my first first pick of schools, University of Toronto.
Fast forward to 4 years later. University was an interesting ride but there was something about the routine of class, study, practice that had made the piano not so enjoyable anymore. Fourth year jury was pretty disastrous and ended with my right hand needing carpel tunnel surgery, which I didn’t do because I heard it wouldn’t solve it. Once I graduated, I took a break for a while. However, the break extended far more than it should have as my life got consumed by my program at Metalworks. A year and a half later, I haven’t really touched the piano at all, except for on weekends when I teach a few students.
I started to really miss it. It was like the friend I shared unspoken thoughts with. As school is ending, I plan to reunite with the instrument, and others. I realize I also have a violin and guitar that I used to be dedicated in teaching myself. Now I am inspired to look for new repertoire to learn. What are your favourite pieces of classical piano music? Maybe I’ll add them to my list.