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Meeting other pianists #2911944 11/14/19 01:36 PM
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I have been playing the piano for many years yet I don't really know any other musicians, or even classical music aficionados, for that matter. Am I unique in this regard? For those of you who have a circle of musical friends and/or acquaintances how did you go about cultivating those relationships?

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Re: Meeting other pianists [Re: uprightcitizen] #2911983 11/14/19 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by uprightcitizen
I have been playing the piano for many years yet I don't really know any other musicians, or even classical music aficionados, for that matter. Am I unique in this regard? For those of you who have a circle of musical friends and/or acquaintances how did you go about cultivating those relationships?

I joined an academy that has young talented professional pianists giving the lessons. Unfortunately my other teacher found out that I was learning pieces with them as well and threw me out of his studio. Well, not exactly threw me out but got pretty upset. He didn't understand how lonely learning the piano can be ( good thing I have a bunch of tennis buddies) and didn't understand that I was sincere that I wanted to share my music with other musicians especially experienced ones even if it meant paying for lessons. But I value this equally as well. If you figure out where all the talented classical pianists hang out let me know,

Edit: my teacher who is a performing classical pianist will soon be having soirees at her home once she buys one and she wants to invite me to those "coffee" music sessions when a bunch of pianists come together to share their music in a less formal setting. I think I am looking forward to that if and when it happens.

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Re: Meeting other pianists [Re: uprightcitizen] #2912004 11/14/19 04:10 PM
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I'm in an adult beginner-intermediate circle of local piano students. We meet regularly in one woman's house. It's like a salon. She has a grand piano and she serves refreshments. We perform for each other and also work on duets. The group started with a few people taking lessons with the same teacher. Others joined by invitation. I met them at a recital in a local music school.

If you are interested in such things and you have the facilities to host, you can just start a meetup group. If you can't host then maybe you can try attending recitals and stick around for any receptions afterwards so you can meet people.

Re: Meeting other pianists [Re: uprightcitizen] #2912024 11/14/19 04:48 PM
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Back in school days, it was easier: It was mostly the other music students at the schools.

Since then, for me it's been mainly two sources:

-- Fellow students of whatever teacher I've been studying with.
Sometimes we would meet when one of us's lesson was right after the other, but mostly it would be that the teachers had occasional group get-togethers.

-- A biggie: through the amateur piano competitions, including that in many places, the local people who had met at competitions would then start doing get-togethers on their own (basically like what Wszxbcl described). We've had such a thing going on in New York City for almost 20 years (!) -- not as regularly as it used to be, but still going on. In fact, we've occasionally done them in Westchester, although not since a long time ago.
If you might be interested in coming some time, we'd see what we could do! smile

Re: Meeting other pianists [Re: uprightcitizen] #2912400 11/15/19 12:31 PM
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I belong to a music group in a church with people playing various instruments (clarinet, French horn, violin, cello, etc. We started with just 25 members playing various instruments about 10 years ago. Today we have 40 people coming and going all the time. We're amateur musicians. We try to play some advanced pieces but at the same time has to accommodate people at an intermediate level. With such a large group we tend to break ourselves up and have gatherings as smaller groups. Twice a year we would have 1 big gathering before we go for a break.

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My path to finding piano friends started with a local summer piano camp, but it's in Victoria, B.C. You can research similar programs closer to your home on the internet and if you have the time and funds, it would be a good way to meet local people with similar interests. Through the connections I made at the camp, I found and joined three piano social groups that meet once a month. We play for each other, eat snacks, drink wine and talk. You might also try Meetup.com which can connect you with local piano groups.


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Re: Meeting other pianists [Re: uprightcitizen] #2912432 11/15/19 01:44 PM
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My first piano friends (I am just over 2 years into this adventure) have come from among my teacher's other adult students; I first met them at her studio and also at gatherings she organizes a few times a year when we play for one another. More recently I have begun to expand my circle, although before doing so, I felt like I needed to be able to play a couple of pieces in front of strangers without excessive terror! I have started going to a local piano players group organized on Meetup.com. Meetings are held at various venues including member's homes or at a local library that has a good piano. I've also seen groups that meet at piano dealerships that offer space and pianos to play.

If there isn't a group near you listed on Meetup.com, it's easy to start one and see who shows up. It is very rewarding! I hear some great players, and some beginning players, and a lot of music that is new to me, and I get more confidence in playing. Plus: snacks!


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Re: Meeting other pianists [Re: uprightcitizen] #2912456 11/15/19 02:58 PM
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I started my own group south of Atlanta. We started with just a handful of students of a couple of teachers, but it has grown over the last two years to the point where we are getting too big! Sunday we have a playdate with 17 people coming. Things exploded when we opened it up to teachers as well as students. I had no idea there were this many amateur pianists in my area. We have no restrictions on level of player or type of music.

I belong to another group north of Atlanta which is much more serious (they charge dues), but is still very popular.

So you best option to find people may be to contact local teachers to find adult amateurs.

Sam

Re: Meeting other pianists [Re: Mark_C] #2912498 11/15/19 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Mark_C
Back in school days, it was easier: It was mostly the other music students at the schools.

Since then, for me it's been mainly two sources:

-- Fellow students of whatever teacher I've been studying with.
Sometimes we would meet when one of us's lesson was right after the other, but mostly it would be that the teachers had occasional group get-togethers.

-- A biggie: through the amateur piano competitions, including that in many places, the local people who had met at competitions would then start doing get-togethers on their own (basically like what Wszxbcl described). We've had such a thing going on in New York City for almost 20 years (!) -- not as regularly as it used to be, but still going on. In fact, we've occasionally done them in Westchester, although not since a long time ago.
If you might be interested in coming some time, we'd see what we could do! smile


Do you guys meet in NYC?? I am one of the co-organizers for the New York Piano Group on Meetup.com. We have an event this Sunday 11/17 at 2:30 pm in midtown Manhattan. 15 players are coming to play..we always love having new members!


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Re: Meeting other pianists [Re: uprightcitizen] #2912520 11/15/19 05:32 PM
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I know just about nobody personally that is into classical music. Only the people I have met since playing piano, in conjunction with the university, and here on the forum.

If anyone vacations in FL let me know!


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Re: Meeting other pianists [Re: uprightcitizen] #2912530 11/15/19 06:07 PM
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My sister earned a minor in piano performance and plays but doesn't like to. I have a friend who has played for close to 50 years, but is far too advanced for me - he can sight read the pieces I'm working on and plays all 4 of the Chopin Ballades by memory. Haha... And there is the wife of a friend who is finishing her 2nd year but doesn't want to play anything in front of me. That's it except my forum friends on here smile

I haven't found any local groups.


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Re: Meeting other pianists [Re: uprightcitizen] #2912606 11/15/19 09:31 PM
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Westchester NY? Come down to NYC. I play with NY Piano Society, have met a lot of Juilliard graduates who gave up music and got a tech/finance/law/whatever job through Juilliard people I know, and am trying to run another amateur pianist series with The Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture.

Back in San Francisco I just knew a few people from amateur piano competitions and such.

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Re: Meeting other pianists [Re: cmb13] #2912716 11/16/19 09:15 AM
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Various posts have provided very good suggestions, especially Meetup and teachers’ other students. An amateur pianists Meetup in the Miami, FL area has been very helpful as well. BTW, CMB13, if you’re coming to this area, let me know!


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Re: Meeting other pianists [Re: uprightcitizen] #2913039 11/17/19 06:56 AM
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Thank you, Henri, I’ll keep that in mind.


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