Piano ensemble « Carol Hung Piano Journey

By: Carol Hung  09-12-2011
Keywords: piano

Piano ensemble « Carol Hung Piano Journey

Yesterday was finally the big day. I enjoyed every minute of it. From doing the hair, to make-up, then eating and waiting in the dressing room in the back stage, rehersing on stage with photographer and video man stay close around you, to getting ready to perform live on stage. I loved it! I like the feeling of uncertainty but yet still  know everything will be under control. The music will just flow out from our fingers.  I loved to listen to the music that we made in the big concert hall. 

Since our group (6 of us) performed after the intermission, we still had a bit of time getting together in the waiting room. We stayed together and sang out our parts with the metronome. Making sure we were in sync, be close and tight together. We practiced the eye contact between teamates from one piano to another piano, and among ourself in our piano. After doing this a few times, we felt that we were in unity. That’s the most important thing in piano ensemble. 

The other fun part is that when we’re on stage, we have to act like one unit instead of 6 individuals. So the timing of walking, bowing, sitting, puting our hands on and off the keyboard, and standing up after finishing the piece are all very crucial in terms of the persentation. 

Well, after doing it once, just want to do it again if we have a chance.

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