Over 50 years ago I was in a balcony seat at Carnegie Hall when Rubinstein played the first note of a Chopin Nocturne, deep down in the bass.  I have never forgotten that note, nor what followed.  In terms of that evening, what followed was Chopin's creation as if straight from the composer's imagination.
In terms of a life, what followed and is still following is a constant search to emulate that quality of attentiveness to every note I play, especially every first note.  And to listen for that quality in every note my students play, especially the young ones.


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