April 18, 2016

DEALING WITH STAGE FRIGHT

I had terrible stage fright when I first started performing again in 2006, after 12 years of not playing the piano.  I started reading books on handling performance anxiety.  I like to share with you my inventory of techniques.  I know it is a long list, and some may even sound contradictory to each other.  So just pick a few and experiment with them.  If one does not work,...

April 18, 2016

Over the years, I have refined my approach to learning new pieces more efficiently.  Below I share some tips.

RULES FOR LEARNING NEW PIECE

  • start memorizing a new piece at the beginning of your learning process     

  • do not stick your eyes on the score!   instead, spend more time watching your hand, finger, and feel your body movements.

  • break it down: memorize onl...

June 5, 2013

This article was featured in Grand Piano Passion.

 

 

Ricker Choi performing the Debussy Clair de Lune at a benefit concert for SickKids Foundation in 2013.

The name Clair de Lune comes from Paul Verlaine’s poem of the same name. When I listen to or perform Clair de Lune, however, I don’t necessarily need to conjure up the poem’s imagery; the music speaks to me directly.

 

I think there is always this de...

December 14, 2011

I live in a condo and used to have an upright piano.  However, my neighbors complain constantly and I had to give up practicing at home.

Then a friend told me about Yamaha's AvantGrand, which claims to reproduce the touch and sound of Yamaha's 9-foot concert grand.  I was initially skeptical but with my friend's persistence I gave it a try.  

AvantGrand N3

The keyboard's touch and feel is very...

December 14, 2011

On Sept 26, Friday evening, I had the honour of playing for composer Alexina Louie her work Fastforward - composed specifically for the Montreal International Musical Competition as the imposed Canadian work.  Alexina is one of Canada's most highly regarded and most often performed composers.  Her long list of awards includes the Juno Award, Composer of the Year (from the Canadian Music Council) an...

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