Career Choices

Added on by Greg Anderson.
Dear Greg,
Im currently starting on Chopin's Revolutionary etude How long would it take to fluently play the Revolutionary study? I just seriously got into tonight, and just want to know..Im an okay sightreader, and I learn pretty fast..I learned Beethoven's 1st mov. of the Appassionata in about a week! But this piece seems a bit more challenging-as in note wise. Currently the most challenging piece I can play is Rachmaninoff prelude op.3 no.2 Scriabin's etude no. 2 and 3 op.65, and Beethoven's full Appassionata. Oh, and by the way, what is the salary of a concert pianist ?For the past couple of years the piano has been my passion, and I thinking about becoming a concert pianist.What are the benefits of majoring in piano?Ive been playing for 8 years now(I'm currently 14).Can I do it on the side if I become a film scorer? John Williams did that I think..
With all due respect, Kalen.

Dear Kalen,

Your questions don't have straightforward answers! It will take some pianists years to learn Chopin's Etude in C minor, Op. 10, No. 12; it will take others only a few weeks. There is no prescribed salary for a concert pianist; the total sum depends on the number of concerts performed and the size of the venues. Some pianists are impressively weathy; most are not.

Yes, you can play piano and be a film composer. All musical experiences are useful as a musician -- I've learned a great deal about playing the piano from composing (as well as from playing the violin!).

The benefits of "majoring" in piano vary from person to person. A degree in piano performance gives some people the time, focus, and education to hone their skills as a pianist. During my years at Juilliard, I not only became a better pianist, but I also learned about myself -- my strengths, my weaknesses, interests, and goals -- and this has served me immensely in my career.

Best wishes to you!!

- Greg