Research is the key to making yourself a better musician

Pianist Ivan Ilić embarks on a journey of discovery for his new album of Feldman, Scriabin and Cage

Until a few years ago, I had no interest in reading composers’ biographies or anecdotes from their lives. I concentrated exclusively on the music. But then I had a couple of experiences that led to a change of heart.

Out of the blue, I was contacted by an important French museum about a project for the Venice Biennial. An artist wanted to focus on left-hand piano repertoire as part of his video installation. Following my CD of Godowsky’s 22 Chopin Studies for the Left Hand (2012), I had become known as an authority on left hand repertoire, so he asked to meet me in Paris.

After an hour’s conversation I was astonished ............

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