Australian Pianists presents insights into many aspects of pianism by a cross-section of performers. Thirty-six pianists have responded to a set of questions on a wide range of issues relating to performance and teaching. The contributors represent a broad spectrum of age and experience and include Australians living overseas as well as émigrés who have adopted Australia as 'home'. With an Introduction by Stephen Hough and a Prologue by Dame Janet Ritterman, the book will be of interest to teachers, advanced students as well as those not so advanced!, and parents. The book is unique in offering a wealth of insights and wisdom by so many eminent living Australian pianists.
For students of the piano, for anyone who would like to gain a deeper understanding of how pianists think and work, this book provides absorbing reading. Whereas the biographies of individual artists often offer fleeting insights into their approaches to study, to repertoire and to the demands of public performance, there is no other volume that brings into such sharp relief such a wide range of possible approaches to some of the key challenges that face the professional pianist today. — Janet Ritterman