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Department of Keyboard Instruments

“Playing the piano requires reason, heart, and technique.  All of these qualities should be equally developed.  Without reason you are a fiasco, without technique an amateur, without heart a machine.”
Vladimir Horowitz

“You played not like a pianist, but like a human being”
Jean Sibelius to Wilhelm Kempf

“I love playing the piano so much that I would do it for free.  Fortunately my manager doesn’t know this”
Arthur Rubenstein

“I don’t think much of finger exercises.  A few elementary exercises: C Major scales and arpeggios, dominant seventh arpeggios, perhaps scales in thirds and some strengthening of the fourth finger…this is everything I consider essential.  Most important is control through the ear, which you are totally lacking…”
Letter from Walter Gieseking to an aspiring pianist