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“For me, life is beginning at ninety.”

Johnny

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This interview (~ 37 minutes) with pianist/composer/teacher Seymour Bernstein is just brilliant. Wow. Topics touched upon in the video include: music, creativity, stage fright, teaching, and growing older. Now I want to find and watch Ethan Hawke's documentary of Bernstein.

Lots of insights (and humor & candor) but these moments stood out for me, even as someone about 50 years younger than maestro Bernstein:

"When you get older, you stop playing games...you stop saying what people expect you to say, and you say the truth."

"You know what I love best about teaching? I love the feeling of making a pupil feel good about themselves."

To Evgeny Kissin: "Your playing is transcendental...Do you know what you must do now? You must never give another recital unless you include some of your own pieces."

 

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Ah, the value of wisdom.

"When you get older, you stop playing games...you stop saying what people expect you to say, and you say the truth."
Do not attempt this until at least 70+ years of age.... it'll only get you in trouble.
 

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