In the years of being in the classical music industry, I have been frequently asked to recommend a “good piano teacher” by parents who want to enroll their children in lessons, or adults who long to rekindle a passion for the instrument. I have known incredible musicians and pedagogues, absolutely…


From an interview with pianist Mariel Ilusorio on Beethoven’s music, communicating with the audience, and artistic collaboration

by Joyce Tan

Pianist Mariel Ilusorio treats her audience to an engaging introduction of the music before every performance. She shares much of her knowledge and impressions of the work, from its background story to its musical character. She is informative, inviting, and approachable. …


The perception of opera’s grandeur has persisted throughout generations, with the public associating it with class, extravagance, and sometimes pompous air. It is grand and expensive to produce, no doubt; on this, Northern Ireland Opera’s artistic director Oliver Mears tells The Guardian, “In scale and cost it is the most…


By Joyce Tan

Sergei Rachmaninoff regarded Nikolai Medtner, his friend and colleague, as the greatest living composer of his time. Only a few musicians know of him, and even fewer perform his works. He has also been commonly, inappropriately, regarded as “The poor man’s Rachmaninoff.” Medtner composed music without, and…


From an interview with pianist Carmencita Aspiras

Once, in the middle of her practicing, Carmencita Aspiras rose from the piano as she was moved to tears by what she describes as the “sublimely beautiful slow movement” of Robert Schumann’s Fantasy in C major. She recounts this as a moment of transcendence saying, “No other chore, job, or…

Joyce Tan

A writer and musician who has spent most of her career in the arts industry. Joyce now explores the creative process she's been steeped in, in all its forms.

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