I was at a concert last night given by Alice Sara Ott: she walked gracefully on stage in a slinky white dress, looking like she was about to do a pas de deux, except that she was barefeet. And no ballet dancer I've ever known would throw herself into Liszt's Ã‰tudes d'exÃ©cution transcendante (her specialty - she often plays all twelve in one concert) like she does.
I half-expected the Steinway D's pedals to be covered with something warm, like my piano's pedals are (I've got 1 1/2 pairs of baby socks over the three pedals, held on by rubber bands, so my bare soles wouldn't get chilly on contact with metal
), but no - it was bare feet on bare metal for her. I also noticed the way she walked - all on tiptoes, like a ballerina. The only time her heels touched the floor was when she was sitting at the piano.
So, do you (or have you tried to) play barefeet in your home, and if so, do you get a tactile pleasure from the closer connection to your instrument?
P.S. If you've never heard of Alice Sara Ott (aged 23, German-Japanese), she's one of those svelte and beautiful young women (like Yuja Wang, Lise de la Salle and Khatia Buniatishvili) who seem to revel in playing Liszt, as well as taking over the planet.......