Help me take my performance skill to the top level with a grand piano.
I have spent the past 10 years, since the age of 4, putting my heart and soul into piano. I want to take my art to the next level, to reach the world stage. But I need a grand piano to practice, compete and perform professionally.
Practicing without a grand piano - on an upright or on an electronic instrument, - can only take you so far. You can’t master the skills needed to perform concert classical pieces without the instrument these pieces were written for.
I’ve been extremely lucky - even though I outgrew my upright piano a few years ago, my teacher lent me her grand piano, which I have been practicing on for about 2 years. But now I have to return the instrument, and I need to replace it with a grand piano of my own.
People often emphasize talent as the key reason for high achievements, whether it is in sports, science, technology or music. An obvious other part is the hard work - there’s no success without a focused, persistent effort. But the part most ignored is the tools. Where are all the swimming champions from little towns without Olympic-size swimming pools? They never had a chance to develop their skills, and their natural talent and work ethic could not compensate for the absence of training equipment. The same applies to music: you can be as gifted and as hard-working as Mozart himself, but if you do not have the right instrument to practice on, you cannot reach a professional level.
What will happen if this project succeeds?
I’ll buy a grand piano, and this will allow me to continue growing as a pianist. I’ll compete at Canadian Music Competition this spring, and then I will start applying for international competitions. I’ll perform beautiful music, and the world will be a little better because of it.
(On the other hand, if I fail to get a grand piano, I have almost no chances of preparing for any large competitions in the near future. And performer’s skills cannot be stored for the future - in music it’s “use it or lose it”. But I hope it won’t come to this.)
- For anyone who contributes to this project, I will shout out on my Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and on my website.
- If you contribute $15, in addition to the social media shout-out, I'll include you into the "early access" list, so that whenever I make a new professional recording, you'll be the first to receive it, in high quality. The nearest such recording will probably be Grieg Piano Concerto early next year.
- If you back me with $50, you'll get all of the above, plus, I will record a personal thank-you clip with a small fragment of live music and a few words of thanks. I will pick a beautiful short classical passage, play it on the piano and dedicate it to you.
- When you contribute $100 or more, I'll make a custom musical greeting card for you or any person you choose. You send me the words you would like to say or hear, and the mood of music (funny, calm, passionate, angry), and I create an approximately 1-minute video where I play the music and speak the message.
- For a contribution of $500 or more you can have all of the above, plus you can sign the bottom of my new grand piano. I read somewhere that many famous musicians had signatures of their friends, technicians, even movers, on the bottom of their instruments. What a cool way to make a connection, especially in case I make it to the world stage!
- For corporate sponsors who donate $500 or more, in addition of all of the above, I will include your logo and your promotional message both on my website, my Facebook, and Google+ page. This may not seem like much now, when I’m at the beginning of my journey, but when I become a world-famous performer, you get a ton of publicity from being my sponsor!