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Imagine: Being a Concert Pianist

The documentary “Imagine: Being a Concert Pianist” gets under the lid of this extreme form of musicianship. Celebrated pianists, including Yevgeny Kissin, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Lang Lang, talk intimately about their lives, their work and their motivation. Read more >>

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sandyashraf
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« on: August 10, 2017, 11:06:03 AM »

Hello, i'm a pianist from egypt and i'm gonna apply to a school in germany this year and i was doing a research about job prospects after graduation and a lot of pianists advised against it saying that there are really no jobs. I really wanna make it in germany and i'm afraid i'll get sent back to egypt. Does anyone have experience with the job market over there to help. (I have a bachelor degree in biophysics, i can pursue that but i hate lab work and i wanna follow my passion.)
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 01:50:47 AM »

Hi! If you can, could you clarify a few things? Are you applying for undergrad (unlikely since you said you have a biophysics degree), if not what degree are you pursuing? Also (most importantly), what do you have in mind when you say a career in piano?

If you want to be a concert pianist, you may have to rethink about it. From your previous post..you're 22, and the hardest piece you have played is Ballade No.1, that's very far from profession pianist level. However, I DONT want to discourage you! I just want to make sure you know that it's not something achievable in the next five year (However, keep practicing hard and you definitely still have a chance!).

If you merely want to have a career in music, such as teaching lessons, and maybe doing some performances for churches and whatnots, I think you should go for it!

I don't currently live in Germany so I can't really speak of there, but here in the US job prospects in classical music is utterly dreary. I don't know much about biophysics, but from what I heard it can lead to very profitable careers! Maybe you should hold on to it (for now, that is) and wait until you have established yourself more musically? Hope it helps.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2017, 10:57:45 AM »

Hello, thanks for replying. Yes., i'm applying for an undergrad degree in barenboim-said akademie. What i had in mind for a career is teaching, faculty positions after getting my phd. Private teaching and accompanying..
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