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Pianists Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Pianists.

Pianists don't argue too much generally because we
have such a hard time just getting things right;
arguing is for string players.
- Emanuel Ax

The notes I handle no better than many pianists.
But the pauses between the notes ah,
that is where the art resides.
- Artur Schnabel

You hear the same work by different orchestras,
different conductors, violinists, pianists,
singers, and slowly, the work reveals itself and begins to live deeper in you.
- David Ogden Stiers

It is my fervent wish and my greatest ambition to leave
a work with a few useful instructions for the pianists after me.
- Franz Liszt

 

I don't think I handle the notes much differently from other pianists.
But the pauses between the notes - ah,
there is where the artistry lies!!
- Artur Schnabel

Too many jazz pianists limit themselves to a personal style,
a trademark, so to speak.
They confine themselves to one type of playing.
- Oscar Peterson

Pianists call me a composer, composers call me a pianist.
The classicists think me a futurist,
and the futurists call me a reactionary.
- Anton Rubinstein

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Well, no.
I believe that it's not at all impossible that some
of the performances that I've heard so far by some
pianists may be superior to my own playing because
those are two totally different acts altogether.
- Leo Ornstein

When I was studying...
there weren't any black concert pianists.
My choices were intuitive, and I had the technique to do it.
People have heard my music and heard the classic in it,
so I have become known as a black classical pianist.
- Nina Simone

From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I decided during my teens that I wasn't going to have
the life of a concert pianist,
much to the chagrin of a lot of people who had put a lot of money into me!
- Cy Coleman

The first jazz pianist I heard was Thelonious Monk.
My father was listening to an album of his called 'Monk's
Dream' almost every day from the time I was born.
- Benny Green

My parents told me I would become a doctor and then
in my spare time I would become a concert pianist.
So, both my day job and my spare time were sort of taken care of.
- Amy Tan

I consider myself to be an inept pianist,
a bad singer, and a merely competent songwriter.
What I do, in my opinion, is by no means extraordinary.
- Billy Joel

Once I understood Bach's music, I wanted to be a concert pianist.
Bach made me dedicate my life to music,
and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world.
- Nina Simone

When a pianist sits down and does a virtuoso performance
he is in a technical sense transmitting more information
to a machine than any other human activity involving machinery allows.
- Robert Moog

My father was a classical pianist, and my mother was
a singer of just about everything.
- Carly Simon

I don't think I could have ever had a career as a pianist
because I never ever wanted to play the notes the way they were written,
I was too sloppy to learn them quite right.
- Jerry Hunt

My mother wanted me to be a concert pianist.
- Bernie Worrell

Then, for a hot three or four weeks I wanted to be a concert pianist.
- Frank Langella

At the age of 16, something happened with my finger and the doctor told me,
you never can be a organist or pianist,
so think about what you do with music.
- Kurt Masur

I wanted to be a pianist but it just wasn't my thing.
I guess I wanted to stand up rather than sit down.
- Steve Lacy

I was for a minor amount of time but I was probably
a better pianist at 15 than I am now.
- Josh Silver

My father was a stone mason, and a talented amateur pianist and vocalist.
- John E. Walker

Bill Evans is a real serious jazz pianist who,
in my book, crossed over boundaries in terms of color.
He used the piano as his canvas.
- Roberta Flack

I'm not really a pianist.
- Harold Budd

To search for a pianist, it is very difficult;
sometimes you find one.
- Victoria de los Angeles

I started off as a studio pianist in Hollywood.
- Skitch Henderson

The collective conscience of a hundred musicians is no light burden.
Think for a moment of what it would mean to a pianist
if by some miracle every key of his instrument should
suddenly become a living thing.
- Charles Munch

I was going to be a concert pianist,
and when I was in high school,
my parents were scared to death that I would focus
too much on that too soon.
And that I'd end up in some sort of dead end,
and not fulfilling whatever potential they thought I had.
- David Hyde Pierce

But my mom was a pianist, and she taught piano out of her house.
I was just so excited, being a little kid and having
all these other kids come to my house twice a week.
I thought it was a big party.
- Vanessa Carlton

I'm basically a cocktail jazz kind of pianist.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a very good keyboard player.
People think I think I'm good.
I think I'm a very poor piano player.
- Ray Manzarek

In jazz, you listen to what the bass player is doing
and what the drummer is doing,
what the pianist and the guitarist is doing,
and then you play something that compliments that,
so you are thinking simultaneously and thinking ahead.
- David Amram

I was much more interested in the orchestra than the piano,
but I did become fairly proficient as a pianist and
my teachers felt I had talent and wanted me to become
a good concert pianist and earn my living that way.
- Alan Hovhaness

I don't regard myself as a great classical or jazz pianist.
I like country music, but I'm not a great player.
I just like music.
Drums 'n' bass is pretty exciting and I'd love to explore it.
- Keith Emerson

When Hank Jones had his night off, I would get somebody
to take my place as intermission pianist and I'd play the show with Ella,
so I would get a chance to play with Ray Brown and Charlie Smith as well.
- George Shearing

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Simple living is the way to happy living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where there's a will, there's a way.
- old English proverb

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Anger? perhaps there is a better way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

Sadness is nothing more than the absence of joy
in the same way that darkness
is nothing more than the absence of light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Open your mind, open your heart,
and the way to joy becomes clear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I love you just the way you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dance... enjoy each step along the way.
- Wayne Dyer

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way, and not starting.
- The Buddha

As we light a path for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The best way to destroy an enemy
is to make him a friend.
- Abraham Lincoln

Forgiveness is the only way to heal
- don Miguel Ruiz

Well-being is making its way to you at all times.
If you will relax and find a way to allow it,
it will be your experience.
- Abraham (Esther Hicks)

Be content with what you have,
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.
- Lao Tzu

Is today a day to gather strength from the storm -
a day to to learn life lessons for the next battle?
Or is today a day to sit by the fire
and watch the storm rage outside?
Either way, the storm is just life.
Give thanks for all of Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best way to find yourself
is to lose yourself
in the service of others.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Know that miracles are the natural way of the Universe
Your only job is to move your doubting mind out of the way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It all comes to this:
the simplest way to be happy is to do good.
- Helen Keller

Love is granting another the space to be
the way they are and the way they are not.
- Werner Erhard

No one can find inner peace except by working,
not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.
- Peace Pilgrim

Find your way with the certain and gentle light of forgiveness.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

The greatest way to live with honor in this world
is to be what we pretend to be.
- Socrates

Without stirring abroad,
One can know the whole world;
Without looking out of the window,
One can see the way of heaven.
The further one goes, The less one knows.
- Lao Tzu

Remember that life is an ADVENTURE, and cheer Whee...
all the way down the slippery razor-blade of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are perfect exactly the way you are.
- Werner Erhard

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed
to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
- Will Rogers

My compassionate intents are generally received clearly
and acted upon - perhaps not immediately,
or in exactly the way I hope -
but acted upon favorably, nonetheless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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