MASTER BECOMING A CONCERT PIANIST
YOUR MENTOR IS THE KEY

Your dream of becoming a concert pianist can receive a substantial boost with a mentoring session with Dr. Marianna Kapsetaki.

She can help you understand all of the qualities and elements that are needed to perform at this level. Now is the time to get your questions answered and move forward. Find out all about her right here.

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Hands of a female concert pianist with her hands on the keys

DR. MARIANNA KAPSETAKI

CONCERT PIANIST, MEDICAL DOCTOR, NEUROSCIENTIST

Heraklion, Greece

 

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Dr. Marianna Kapsetaki - Concert Pianist
Dr. Marianna Kapsetaki - Concert Pianist
Dr. Marianna Kapsetaki - Concert Pianist
Dr. Marianna Kapsetaki - Concert Pianist

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Marianna Kapsetaki obtained her Diploma in Piano Performance and Harmony (1st Hons) when she was 17 years old. Since 2013 she has been studying piano with Christopher Elton (Professor Emeritus of the Royal Academy of Music in London).

She has been presented with multiple awards/scholarships for her achievements in piano performance such as:
1st prize in 12 international and national piano competitions,

  • the Jannis Tzonker Young Musician Award,
  • Ede & Ravenscroft Music Bursary Award,
  • the Director's Award of the Blyth Centre of Music and Visual Arts in London,
  • the Felix Marr Award,
  • the UNESCO Medal,
  • Citizen of Honour Award from the Municipality of Hersonissos Crete,
  • Minoan Conservatory of Music full scholarship for 8 years,
  • GEMMA Classical Music Trust grant,
  • Athens Megaron Music Friends Society and ‘World in Harmony’ Association scholarship after performing in the presence of HRH Princess Irene at the Gina Bachauer Awards.

Marianna has performed over 160 concerts to date appearing at major venues such as:

  • Cadogan Hall (London),
  • St John’s Smith Square (London),
  • St George's (Bristol),
  • Hellenic Cultural Centre (London),
  • Athens Megaron,
  • Cheltenham Town Hall,
  • Sir Edward Elgar Museum,
  • Jacqueline du Pre Music Building (Oxford),
  • Parnassos Hall (Athens),
  • Pittville Pump Room (Cheltenham),
  • Britten Theatre (London),
  • Aegean Arts International Festival etc.

Her concerto appearances include:

  1. Grieg's Piano Concerto with Imperial Sinfonietta under William Carslake at the Great Hall in London,
  2. Beethoven's Emperor Concerto in Greece under George Petrou and in London,
  3. Chopin's Piano Concerto no.1 in Greece,
  4. Two performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto K467 with the Piraeus Symphony Orchestra.

She has also performed with many other orchestras including:

  • the Athens Symphony Orchestra,
  • Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra of UK,
  • Athens Youth Orchestra,
  • Imperial College School of Medicine Orchestra,
  • Heraklion Music School Orchestra,
  • Pancretan Youth Symphony Orchestra,
  • Imperial College Symphony Orchestra,
  • Symphony Orchestra I. Syggelaki
  • Under prominent conductors including Konstantinos Diminakis, Oliver Gooch and James Blair.

She enjoys regular invitations from radio and television where the 3 CD recordings with her twin sister are played, and has performed live on BBC News.

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MARIANNA CAN GUIDE YOU IN BECOMING A CONCERT PIANIST

Hello to all. It will be a great pleasure to talk with you about the career path to becoming a concert pianist. You may have been wondering about the best steps to take to get you in a position to be one of the classical musicians to play in a concert hall.

That is why I have offered my services here. I want to help you gain the understanding you desire to be a professional pianist. If you dream of being a concert pianist, I am here to guide you toward that specific goal.

You may have just started to consider to play at a professional level or it is a desire you have had for a while. In any case, we can discuss and evaluate where you are in your progress and the best ways to advance. We know that it takes a lot of hard work. There is no denying that. So, it is best to face it head on.

I can’t wait to begin our discussion and provide you my insight on how to advance to an outstanding classical pianist.

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TOPICS WE COULD COVER

There is such a range of areas to address that I will provide a few here:

  1. Do you have to start out at an early age.
  2. How to find the piano teacher for you out of the great teachers available.
  3. How do music schools fit in.
  4. The importance of music theory.
  5. What bad habits can negatively impact you in becoming a great concert pianist.
  6. Recognize the hours of practice it takes to reach the next level.
  7. Review the concert pianist practices you should observe.
  8. Bring your questions and I will be glad to answer them.

My aim is to be a good teacher in that you should understand more about what it takes to become an excellent musician and a great pianist.

You will have the opportunity to describe yourself and to detail your objectives. Since you have an interest in becoming a concert pianist, I want to assist in helping you achieve your goal.

Let’s confer more about it.

Talk to you soon!

Dr. Marianna Kapsetaki

  

Dr. Marianna Kapsetaki at the piano in concert

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WHAT IS A CONCERT PIANIST

According to OxfordLanguages Dictionary, a concert pianist is:

“a classical pianist who regularly performs as a soloist in concert performances.”

Usually, concert pianists begin at a young age and possess an inherent work ethic along with a talent for music and dedication. It is not easy. In many cases, playing the piano is their entire life.

One key word that comes to mind is “commitment”. There will be many years of hard work in schools with master music teachers. Practising is essential to ensure the best performances. The pianist will most likely spend time performing on stage or in the recording studio.

A lot of sacrifices are part of the process due to the many hours of practice that are required. Perhaps even more sacrifices are required than normal professional musicians.

Engagements could be sporadic so the life of a concert pianist could also involve other performances or work to supplement their income. It is a good idea for a young pianist to understand this element as they develop and plan their future.


WHAT DOES IT TAKE IN BECOMING A CONCERT PIANIST

There is a lot that can impact whether a person can be a successful concert pianist. Let’s cover several that are important.

1. DO YOU HAVE THE TALENT REQUIRED

A lot of people are not sure that they have the talent required. They need a solid technique to play in solo concerts. Each of us have different natural talents. How your talents match with those needed is key.

Finding and utilizing an excellent music director will help in your development and growth in skill level. You could find that every piece of music you play increases your understanding and performance level.

2. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

There is no getting away from it. A great deal of practice time is usually required. This is best to take place on quality instruments in practice rooms. Just as soon as you think you have spent as much time as you should, there is room for more.

Even with talent, you need to practice to hone your skills to the level needed in live performances. Discipline and patience are key factors to help all to advance from piano players to greater levels of musicianship in hopes of becoming a concert pianist.

3. YOUR AGE

We have all seen that children learn quicker than adults. Their brain develops quicker. This applies to music as well. The sooner that children begin piano lessons, the better the chances of becoming great players. Young adults and others can also make progress in their performance level, however, starting early can have a significant impact in most cases.

4. LOVE OF THE INSTRUMENT

The life of a concert pianist becomes true and rewarding when love for the instrument is real. The sound and feel of the instrument carries such an impact that moves one past difficult times.

The amazing sound of the instrument brought the pianist there in the first place. The joy and enthusiasm that it brings should always be there.

5. THE RIGHT TEACHER

Music teachers are readily available. A good teacher will make all of the difference to help you learn the basics and navigate your way through the learning process. They will be your coach helping you develop in your professional path. One that has performed themselves could be the one to open the door for you in your journey.

6. USING TIME WISELY

Time spent in practice with the right direction and guidance has a significant impact on your advancement and future growth.

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The summary is to keep all of the elements in mind. Evaluate them fully and discuss all you want to know in your path to becoming a concert pianist by spending time talking to one. Ask you questions to Dr. Marianna Kapsetaki and she will be happy to talk with you.


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